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The (In)visible Victims of Disaster

Sep 16 @ 10:30 am-11:30 am

- Free

Join the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative (UCLA LPPI) for a webinar that will explore how undocumented immigrants are particularly vulnerable to disasters and require special consideration in emergency planning and relief efforts.

As climate change advances, communities across the United States are adapting to the increased threat of wildfires, drought, heatwaves, and hurricanes. Such disasters are expected to become more frequent and severe. Now more than ever, it is crucial to understand how these events amplify existing inequalities, and how to lessen the resulting harms. Differences in human vulnerability to disaster stem from a range of social, economic, historical, and political factors. Undocumented immigrants are disproportionately affected by racial discrimination, exploitation, economic hardships, language discrimination, and fear of deportation in their everyday lives— their pre-disaster marginalized status.

Please join us in a conversation with experts and advocates who will discuss the increasing severity of disasters and the need to understand the differential impacts on undocumented immigrants to improve disaster planning to protect the most vulnerable populations.


Webinar details provided upon RSVP


Panel Discussion Featuring:

  • Mayor Anna Tovar of Tolleson, Arizona
  • Dr. Michael Mendez, Assistant Professor, Environmental Policy, Urban Planning, UC Irvine & UCLA LPPI Expert
  • Genevieve Flores-Haro, Associate Director, Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project
  • Baldemar Velasquez, President, Farm Labor Organizing Committee, AFL-CIO

Moderated by:

  • Andrea Castillo, Los Angeles Times


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