Broken Promises: Two Years After Katrina


> Report: Broken Promises (PDF)

Katrina thrust poverty and race back into America's face. It happens every so often in our America. Years ago it was Newark and Detroit in flames. Now it may be Latino janitors stopping Los Angeles traffic, demanding dignity. America looks long enough to see the reflection of its broken aspirations in the faces of poor people of color, only to recoil or flinch at what they see. The fury of Katrina should have made it harder to recoil and look away. But look away we did.

> Executive Summary
> Table of Contents
> Press Statement

> ACLU Report Exposes Ongoing Civil and Human Rights Violations on the Gulf Coast as Katrina's Second Anniversary Nears (8/20/2007)
> On Hurricane Anniversary, U.S. Reputation as Human Rights Leader Diminished (8/29/2006)
> ACLU Report Details Horrors Suffered by Orleans Parish Prisoners After Katrina (8/10/2006)
> Rights Body Harshly Criticizes U.S. Human Rights Record (7/18/2006)
> ACLU Demands Information on Racial Profiling and Use of Force in New Orleans (4/06/2006)
> ACLU Urges Accountability for U.S. Government Abuse of Power and Katrina's Human Rights Crisis (3/16/2006)
> ACLU Urges New Orleans City Council to Review Conditions at Prison (12/8/2005)
> Men and Women at Orleans Parish Prison Detail Chaos Following Katrina (11/17/2005)
> Sheriff Illegally Withholding Records on Orleans Parish Prison (11/10/2005)

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wo years ago, Hurricane Katrina ripped through the Gulf Coast, devastating the homes and lives of millions of people. As our nation's largest government watchdog and defender of civil rights, the ACLU has been inundated with reports of racial injustice and human rights violations in Louisiana and Mississippi, both during and since Katrina.

Broken Promises, a comprehensive report from the ACLU, documents the terrible conditions and dangerous lack of planning at the Orleans Parish Prison, and details other increases in police abuse, racial profiling, housing discrimination, along with other civil liberties violations and the ACLU's continuing response.

The report highlights stories from among the thousands of individuals whose lives were ravaged by the storm and its aftermath. The second anniversary of Katrina offers an opportunity to reevaluate the systems that were in place leading up to the disaster, and to assess whether those systems have since improved.




Selected documents cited in the report:  
New Orleans court orders regarding the evacuation of low-level inmates from Orleans Parish Prison in the event of a future disaster. (4/30/2007 and 10/10/2006) PDF
Letters to Federal, State, and Local Public Health Officials Regarding Possible Infectious Disease Outbreak at Orleans Parish Prison. (8/16/2007) PDF
ACLU of Louisiana Public Records Act request seeking Orleans Parish Prison's current evacuation plan. (8/18/2006) PDF
ACLU of Louisiana Public Records Act request seeking information on overcrowding and in-custody deaths. (7/24/2007) PDF
Emergency preparedness documents produced by Sheriff Gusman in response to the ACLU of Louisiana's August 18, 2006, Public Records Act request. PDF
Letter from Anthony Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU, to President Bush. (8/20/2007) PDF


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