Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 16th 2017, yet residents of the U.S. territory are still struggling to obtain the necessities. Though the hurricane's 150 mile per hour winds and torrential downpours have affected the entire island, Research shows that impacts from natural disasters oftentimes impact women more adversly than any other portion of the population.
Rachel E. Luft, a Katrina survivor and Seattle University professor, spoke with Newsweek about the fact that more women than men die in natural disasters and are more likely to suffer domestic or sexual violence after a natural disaster strikes.
"Women, and especially women of color, are overwhelmingly tasked personally and professionally with caring for children, the elderly and people with disabilities. So even the simple decision about whether to evacuate in advance of a disaster often means being responsible for multiple people. This isn't a deficit in women; it's an extra responsibility that makes personal survival decisions and the resources to support them much more difficult."
During an interview with Univision, San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz wore a black T-shirt that spelled the word NASTY, referring to the accusation president Trump fired at the Puerto Rican mayor. During the Univision interview, Cruz said, in Spanish, “What is truly nasty is that anyone would turn their back on the Puerto Rican people.”
Cruz knows that fashion can be speech!
San Juan mayor responds to Trump with Nasty Shirt
FVCK RACISM Shirt
Racism is deeply embedded in human trafficking and must be racially inclusive and explicitly included in its literature, statistics and advocacy. To combat this modern-day slavery, the trafficking cycle should recognize explicitly the connections between trafficking, migration, poverty, racism, gender and racial discrimination.
Statistics show that these racial profiles mirror a national epidemic in the United States. The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics determined that between 2008 and 2010, nonwhite children accounted for 358 of the 460 cases of child sex trafficking investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice, and a majority of these 358 confirmed victims were reported to be Black and Latino.
According to Rights4Girls , a leading advocacy organization working to improve the lives of marginalized girls, not only are girls of color disproportionately impacted by human trafficking, but they are also the majority of individuals criminalized for their exploitation.
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