Just weeks after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake and multiple aftershocks, the #UBLawResponds University at Buffalo School of Law’s Puerto Rico Recovery Assistance Legal Clinic will arrive on the ground for its long-planned fifth service-learning trip. Your donations will mean more humanitarian relief for local residents.
On January 18th, students from the School of Law and graduate students from the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures in UB’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Transnational Studies Department will depart for Puerto Rico, supported by a School of Law faculty member and staff attorney, to continue the tradition of legal and policy work to support a resilient Puerto Rico. With the recent earthquakes, their help is needed more than ever.
The original itinerary for the clinic’s upcoming trip has been overhauled. The recent intense earthquakes that struck Puerto Rico’s southern coast have resulted in last-minute requests from community partners and experts. The #UBLawResponds team will be answering needs for legal and policy help with earthquake response, in addition to on-the-ground reporting on long-term policy resiliency support we have been working on with local communities for two years.
Students will also participate in humanitarian brigades to bring solar lamps, personal water filters, and other necessities to residents who have been deeply affected by the recent earthquake and continuing aftershocks.
YOU CAN HELP! Your support will help our students hand deliver these items to families who have endured multiple natural disasters in a 3 year period. Every dollar counts!
The number of trips taken by #UBLawResponds teams to Puerto Rico since January 2018.
The date when the earthquakes began to strike Puerto Rico
Just $20 will purchase 2 solar lamps to be distributed during humanitarian brigades while students are on the island.
6.4 is the magnitude as measured on the Richter scale of the first quake that hit Puerto Rico on Tuesday, January 7, 2020.
The Governor of Puerto Rico estimates that the earthquake and subsequent aftershocks have caused $110 million dollars.
More than 559 structures have been destroyed island wide.
More than 4,000 people across the island are living in shelters because their homes have collapsed or they fear their houses could crumble in aftershocks