HOW YOU CAN HELP
Our sisters and brothers in Puerto Rico have recently had to endure another natural disaster in the form of multiple, major earthquakes to the island’s southeastern region. As you are already familiar, Puerto Ricans living on the island are still reeling from the consequences of the 2014 fiscal crisis and the damage caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. The ongoing earthquakes and aftershocks have not only caused further casualties, damage, and financial losses, but have further pushed and tested the resilience of the Puerto Rican people.
As we have on previous occasions, the HNBA hopes to use this moment of challenge to appeal to our members and supporters to help families in need. We are thankful to those who have donated their time, resources and/or pro bono legal services to these causes in the past. Below are the names and contact information of local and national organizations that are assisting families affected by the recent earthquakes as well as with continuing challenges Puerto Rico faces. We hope that that we can once again count on our thousands of members and supporters to stand up and say #HNBAPresente with Puerto Rico!
Pro Bono Legal Volunteer Opportunities
ABA Volunteer Legal Services for disaster relief (specific need for Bi-Lingual or Spanish-speaking attorneys)
Latino Justice, Rebuilding Puerto Rico
Ayuda Legal Puerto Rico
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N.Y.U. Will Waive Tuition For Displaced Puerto Rican Students
Following other universities across the country, New York University announced on Thursday that it will offer free tuition next semester to about 50 students from Puerto Rico whose studies were interrupted by Hurricane Maria.
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Princeton & Microsoft Make Bold Moves to Protect Dreamers!
Princeton University, one of its students and Microsoft have mounted a legal challenge to the federal government’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as announced on September 5, 2017. The complaint, filed on November 3 in federal court in Washington, D.C., alleges that DACA’s termination violated both the United States Constitution and federal law.
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Telemundo’s “TODOS UNIDOS” and Company-Wide Relief Efforts Raised Over $12.9 Million for
Mexico, Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida Natural Disasters
Under the banner of “Todos Unidos” (All Together,) the Telemundo Networks, together with the Telemundo and NBC owned stations, raised more than $7.45 million for those affected. As part of these efforts, Comcast NBCUniversal and Telemundo contributed $500,000 in cash. In addition, prior to this effort, the NBC and Telemundo owned stations together with the Telemundo Networks raised nearly $5.5 million through multiple fund-raising efforts since Harvey struck Texas, including local phone banks in collaboration with the American Red cross and local Red Cross Chapters, as well as a national Red Cross Day.
The company’s “Todos Unidos” efforts included multiple local phone banks across the country and a network special hosted by the international media icon, Mario Kreutzberger, Don Francisco that aired Sunday, September 24 from 7-11 p.m. / 6-10 p.m. CT. The live broadcast produced from Miami, Mexico, New York, Puerto Rico, Houston and Los Angeles aired simultaneously across Telemundo, the cable network Universo and the Telemundo Internacional Cable Channel in Mexico.
The “Todos Unidos” network special featured top Hispanic celebrities including J. Balvin, Miguel Bosé, Regulo Caro, Chyno, Elvis Crespo, Kate del Castillo, Pedro Fernandez, Luis Fonsi, Larry Hernández, Enrique Iglesias, Jesse y Joy, Natalia Jiménez, Jennifer Lopez, Lucero, Ricky Martin, Ricardo Montaner, Natalie Morales, Ednita Nazario, Gerardo Ortiz, Prince Royce, Justin Quiles, Raphael, Chiquis Rivera, Lupillo Rivera, Alex Rodriguez, Alejandro Sanz, Roberto Tapia, Thalia, Noel Torres, Sofía Vergara, Yandel and Yuri.