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Puerto Rico 2019

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Project ended on February 08, at 09:31 AM EST
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Puerto Rico 2019

Promises made, promises kept. 




Puerto Rico’s people are still experiencing Hurricane Maria, over a year later. Some are still living without essentials in Puerto Rico. Some have been forced to move away. This January, another group of UB Law's Puerto Rico Recovery Assistance Legal Clinic student attorneys will work to address both local and Puerto Rico-based legal needs.  And they need your help!


Puerto Rico Clinic Student Attorneys will dedicate hundreds of hours from December-February to provide service.  First, they enroll in a class that starts in December, to get them ready to return to the islands to continue their work to support a resilient and thriving Puerto Rico. In the beginning of January, these Student Attorneys will not just study to prepare for the trip south, they will also use their training to provide much needed pro bono legal services to the displaced Puerto Ricans who now call Buffalo home. And after their service-learning trip to Puerto Rico, they will produce papers to provide policy guidance to help continue the work for those in need, both one the islands and locally.


How can YOU be part of this important work? 

  • Your support will help cover the cost of student travel to Puerto Rico in January, and provide resources to work on the islands with local community partners and farmers to do work building a sustainable structures while on the ground in Mayaguez and other areas!

  • Your support will help Student Attorneys provide legal advice to the local community in Buffalo by allowing the Puerto Rico Recovery Clinic the means to address essential legal needs of those who relocated (the “diaspora”), working with Puerto Rican families who have relocated to Western NY due to Hurricane Maria.  Those who have been forced to leave everything behind face legal needs that #UBLawResponds student attorneys are uniquely poised to assist with!

  • Your support will help continue the commitment we made right after Hurricane Maria – we responded to the needs then, and will continue to respond to the needs now!


Bold Participation.... #UBLawResponds

Just 4 months after Hurricane Maria hit the island of Puerto Rico in January 2018, 10 #UBLawResponds student attorneys were on the ground helping residents file FEMA Appeals, distributing humanitarian aid, and learning about what the island needed next to move towards the path of full recovery.  This learning experience resulted in tangible aid being provided to the residents (nearly 800 families received solar lamps and other basics) and policy analysis including an award winning paper that provided ideas for moving forward, entitled “Yo Soy Boricua”: Tapping Into The Strength of the Puerto Rican Community to Reclaim Control Over Its Political, Social, and Economic Future, that was welcomed by local community leaders.


Purposeful Ambition.... #UBLawResponds

In July 2018, another group of Students Attorneys enrolled and paid tuition to continue #UBLawResponds’ mission to find ways to continue to help Puerto Rico rebuild sustainably… because it is not "if" the next category 4 hurricane hits Puerto Rico, it is "when".  Connections made on the island during this trip resulted in continued pro bono services being provided by our Law School's Environmental Advocacy Clinic to address the needs of resiliency in the food system, since Puerto Rico has been importing over 95% of its food since the Hurricane. 


Radical Empathy.... #UBLawResponds

UB Law's Puerto Rico Recovery Assistance Legal Clinic Student Attorneys will return to the island January 20-26, 2019 to continue their work to establish a resilient and thriving Puerto Rico by taking on projects requested by community leaders, like helping to rebuild the agricultural and food supply system (working hand in hand with local farmers, the University of Puerto Rico, and others in the food justice movement).  Yet, one year later, the need for legal help is not only in Puerto Rico, but also to serve the transplanted Puerto Ricans who now call Buffalo home, including elders and children. The Puerto Rico Recovery Legal Clinic will establish methods to provide continued pro bono legal services to the thousands of Puerto Ricans who have settled in Buffalo.  


Global Perspective.... #UBLawResponds

Directly serving those in need - in our local communities and beyond is what gives our #UBLawResponds student attorneys the unique perspective of working on behalf of real clients on something that really matters. These perspectives can change the trajectory of our students lives and further benefit our community. 


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without power after the storm

3.4 million residents of Puerto Rico were without power after Hurricane Maria hit the island on September 20, 2017



The number of people from UB School of Law who have flown to Puerto Rico since January 2018 to provide "helpful help" to people there.


Hours of work

The number of hours of work each student put in while on the island.


FEMA Appeals

The number of FEMA Appeals our #UBLawResponds student attorneys helped to prepare in our first trip to Puerto Rico in January 2018.



Hurricane Maria slammed Puerto Rico with 155 mph winds on September 20, 2017.


Schools closed

Number of schools closed in Puerto Rico due to dropping enrollment as a direct result of Hurricane Maria


New York Utility vehicles

The number of New York utility vehicles that were sent to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria to help restore power.


Displaced students

The number students from Puerto Rico who were displaced because of Hurricane Maria and enrolled in the Buffalo Public Schools this year



Average cost of airfare for 1 #UBLawResponds student attorney to travel to Puerto Rico in January 2019 to provide on the ground assistance to communities rebuilding a resilient Puerto Rico


City of Good Neighbors

The area code for Buffalo, NY the "City of Good Neighbors" who welcomed the families from Puerto Rico who settled in the "716" after Hurricane Maria


Supply costs to build an OASIS

The cost to build an Open Access Smart Grid (known as an oasis) with our colleagues in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.



The number of miles between Buffalo and Puerto Rico

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