The condition of children in Puerto Rico was dire before hurricane Maria. Not only had the island lost over 32% of its children between 2006 and 2016 to migration and low birth rates, but over half of the children in the island live in poverty and in single headed households. The reduction of the child population and high child poverty rates already threatened the island’s already frail economic development. In this briefing we discuss various aspects impacting the wellbeing and development of children and youth after the hurricane. This will include the presentation of initial findings from a study on the impact of the hurricane on children, recommendations on increasing youth employment after the natural disaster, and the discussion of mental health interventions for the children after the hurricane.
Join us on September 25, 2018 at 1 pm in the Cannon Building room 340 to hear from a panel of experts that will discuss the conditions of children in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
Co-sponsored by: Congresswoman González (R-PR-At Large) and Congresswoman Velázquez (D-NY-7)
- Dr. Maria Enchautegui- Economist and Dean of the Department of Economics at the University of Puerto Rio, Rio Piedras Campus. Confirmed
- Anitza Cox, MA, JD- Director of Analysis and Social Policy for Estudios Técnicos. Confirmed
- John Martinez- Deputy Director of Program Development for MDRC. Confirmed
- Dr. Gustavo J. Bobonis- Economist; University of Toronto, Puerto Rico Self Sufficiency Project
- Jeanne-Aimee De Marrais- Senior Advisor US Emergencies, Save the Children. Confirmed