Over the past few months, we have been working hard to identify ways for our corps of volunteers to offer assistance to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. There is much work to be done and it will evolve over time. Please fill out this form noting your interest (even if you filled out an earlier survey) to be notified as we develop new opportunities.
OCP arranged for 31 students to travel to Puerto Rico over spring break to do legal work with Ayuda Legal Hurácan Maria (Hurricane Maria Legal Assistance) and Fundación Fondo de Acceso a la Justicia, and humanitarian work with the Christian Community Center in Camito.
Remote Pro Bono Projects (being done in Cambridge)
Students have already assisted the National Consumer Law Center on translation for student loan relief documentation and Massachusetts Advocates for Children on research related to education for enclaves in Massachusetts.
Other potential projects include: exploring whether Puerto Rico could raise a force majeure claim to discharge a portion of its sovereign debt; assessing statutory changes being considered in the wake of the hurricane regarding the central statute governing public education. As these projects and potentially other legal research projects come into focus, we will reach out to students who express an interest in “Remote Legal Research” via the online form.
We are beginning to receive legal research requests aimed at assisting families who have evacuated from Puerto Rico to Massachusetts. Springfield, Lawrence, and Holyoke are primary locations for relocated families. These research requests may lead to hosting workshops or developing know-your-rights materials. Please indicate interest by checking “Direct Assistance and Workshops for Resettlement in Boston” on the online form.
For questions please contact:
Prof. Andrew Crespo
Lee Mestre, Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs
Lisa Dealy, Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs
Natalie Trigo Reyes ’19, Student Coordinator
Alexa Kissinger ’18, Student Coordinator