Transboundary impacts of the 2010 Haiti earthquake disaster: focus on legal dilemmas in South Florida

Catastrophic disasters affect not just the areas/regions and countries where they strike, but also have transboundary effects and repercussions on neighboring countries, which often serve as receiving areas for displaced survivors. South Florida, for example, served as a receiving area for earthquak...

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Published in:Oñati Socio-Legal Series
Main Author: Sapat, Alka
Contributors: Esnard, Ann-Margaret (VerfasserIn)
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
Published: 2013
In:Oñati Socio-Legal Series
Year: 2013, Volume: 3, Issue: 2, Pages: 254-276
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Summary:Catastrophic disasters affect not just the areas/regions and countries where they strike, but also have transboundary effects and repercussions on neighboring countries, which often serve as receiving areas for displaced survivors. South Florida, for example, served as a receiving area for earthquake survivors after the 2010 Haiti earthquake. To understand the transboundary sociolegal impacts on host communities, we draw theoretical insights from research on transboundary crises and interviewed key members of school districts, city and county governments, non-profit organizations, relief task forces, the Haitian-American diaspora, and local government agencies. We also looked at relevant plans/policies modified by governmental and non-governmental institutions in response to the legal issues that arose. The findings highlight the manner in which street-level workers in state and non-state organizations deal with legal complexities and ramifications, along with the role played by the Haitian-American diaspora actors and their networks.
ISSN:2079-5971
DOI:10.15496/publikation-52932