NAPABA began its work in disaster relief in the aftermath of Hurricane
Katrina in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. After Hurricane Katrina, NAPABA sent
a delegation of members to work with the local bars in Texas and Louisiana to
assist with APA issues, especially cultural and language barriers. During that
process we learned about the lack of a “tool kit” for lawyers, to help disaster
victims, especially the sizeable Vietnamese community living along the Gulf.
Those tool kits now exists with the ABA and many State bars. However, we
found that existing resources needed to be supplemented with: points of contact
of key local organizations, materials in various languages, legal information
related to immigration and services to APA communities, as well as special
resources such as how to obtain replacement I.D. cards and other legal
NAPABA created the Disaster Relief Database as a central location to
find supplemental disaster relief resources for victims and legal providers.
The database is continually updated with new links and information.
CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE DATABASE.