FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

September 21, 2017

PUERTO RICAN BAR ASSOCIATION
 

CALL TO ACTION TO ASSIST VICTIMS OF HURRICANE MARIA 

A CALL FOR ACTION

New York, New York -- The Puerto Rican Bar Association sends its prayers and stands in solidarity with the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, one of the strongest ever recorded hurricanes to strike the Caribbean. Puerto Rico is without power and the damage is catastrophic.  We are thankful to our members and colleagues who have organized efforts to assist the victims by donating funds, time and legal assistance.

Please contact your elected officials and urge them to ensure that Puerto Rico obtains its fair share of the Federal disaster relief funds and resources it deserves.  Puerto Rico needs Gasoline, diesel, lifting of restrictions of ships to bring water, food and supplies to Puerto Rico

The PRBA encourages our members and colleagues to volunteer to provide legal assistance. Spanish-speaking attorneys are needed, but all are welcomed and appreciated.We are in the process of developing a Hotline for victims in need of legal assistance and will provide more information .

Lawyers are Needed 

Legal aid provides the calm after the storm. After the storm subsides and the water recedes the exhaustion of survival will be met by the harrowing realization that their journey back to normalcy is only just beginning.  The daunting work of putting their lives back together will require interaction with myriad governmental agencies and private businesses in order to interpret their rights to services and financial assistance. After a disaster, Legal Aid helps put lives back together by providing: 

  • Assistance with securing FEMA and other benefits available to disaster survivors
  • Assistance with life, medical and property insurance claims
  • Help with home repair contracts and contractors
  • Replacing wills and other important legal documents destroyed in the disaster
  • Assisting in consumer protection matters, remedies and procedures
  • Assisting with mortgage/foreclosure and landlord/tenant problems

You can help make a difference in assisting victims of the flood regain their homes, their financial stability, and their lives. Please donate to the to assist Puerto Ricans in need of these essential services.