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Webinar: NEDTalk-A Social Science Perspective of Disaster Impacts on Latino and Indigenous Migrant Communities

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Tuesday, 22 September 2020, 2:00

Tuesday, September 22, 2020. 2:00 PM. Webinar: NEDTalk-A Social Science Perspective of Disaster Impacts on Latino and Indigenous Migrant Communities. Michael Mendez, UC Irvine. Sponsored by NOAA NESDIS NEDTalk. More information here.

As climate change advances, communities across the United States are adapting to the increased threat of wildfires, drought, heatwaves, and hurricanes. Such disasters are expected to become more frequent and severe. Now more than ever, it is crucial to understand how these events amplify existing inequalities, and how to lessen the resulting harms. Differences in human vulnerability to disaster stem from a range of social, economic, historical, and political
factors. Undocumented Latinx and Indigenous migrants are disproportionately affected by racial discrimination, exploitation, economic hardships, language discrimination, and fear of deportation in their everyday lives” their pre-disaster marginalized status. Dr. Mendez will discuss the increasing severity of disasters and the need to understand the differential impacts on undocumented migrants to improve disaster planning to protect the most vulnerable populations.

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