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Carmen Cusido, Diversity Inc.

Did government and private agencies fail Latinos after Hurricane Katrina? The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) says yes in a report issued this week.

Brenda Muñiz, a consultant with NCLR and author of the report "In the Eye of the Storm: How the Government and Private Response to Hurricane Katrina Failed Latinos," says the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the American Red Cross could have done more to help Latino communities affected by Hurricane Katrina.

According to the report, many public and private agencies responded inadequately and "prevented Latino evacuees from receiving necessary relief services."   

"The argument that we make is that if you have people in management, the idea is that they will be more sensitive to those needs of the communities that they come from," Muñiz says. "When you have a governing body that looks like America, then you’re going to serve a broader array of Americans."

The NCLR report comes the same week that The Associated Press released a video showing that the Bush administration was warned prior to Katrina’s arrival of its potential devastation.

Diversity Inc. Magazine


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