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Field Reports

Broken Promises

Brett Murphy, Emerson Fellow
Published 2006

New Orleans, Louisiana

Broken Promises incorporates interviews with individuals and families affected by Hurricane Katrina into an analysis of ongoing and emerging crises in the New Orleans region.  The report offers a simple overview of the New Orleans area housing crisis, highlighting the lack of “affordable” housing; explores the difficulties faced by workers who have come to the city to help rebuild; and discusses how and why thousands of indigent defendants in the Orleans Parish Criminal Court system have been denied their constitutional rights to representation, due process, and a speedy trial.

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Publication tags: Field Reports - Food Access, Food Justice, Housing, Income, Expenses, and Hunger - Advocates (including legal advocates), Communities of Color, Families, Residents of Public Housing, Workers (including farm workers)

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Brett Murphy

Emerson Fellow,