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Disaster Relief Network

Student Leaders 2014-2015

Mary Gibbons '15, NOLA VP
Severine Losembe '15, Haiti VP
Dana Swanson '15, Haiti VP
Angelica Kang '16, Sandy VP
Dora Georgescu '15, Fundraising VP


Room: LL-101, PIRC Student Group Office  (Lower Level)
Telephone: 212.636.6952
Email: fordhamdrn@gmail.com
Blog: http://fordhamdrn.blogspot.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/FordhamDRN

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From the Gulf Coast to Haiti

The Fordham Law School Disaster Relief Netwok ("DRN") is a student-run public interest group formed in 2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. A former chapter and founding member of the National Student Hurricane Network, the group has successfully sponsored nine trips to the Gulf Coast region, to provide assistance in legal aid, community organizing, and manual labor.

In 2006, Fordham's SHN received the Eugene M. Keefe award, which is presented by the Student Bar Association to the person, or group, that has made the most important contribution to the Fordham community. That same year, Fordham SHN members traveled to Washington DC with other chapters from across the country to receive the LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell® Exemplary Public Service Award on behalf of the National SHN.

The recent devastating earthquake in Haiti brought images reminiscent of fall 2005 when Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast. The same motivation that brought us to the Gulf Coast now brings the group to Haiti. In March of 2010, DRN sent fourteen Fordham Law students and the Dean of Student Affairs to Cabaret, Haiti, about 15 miles outside Port-au-Prince. The group partnered with Voices for Haiti ("V4H"-www.voicesforhaiti.org) to run a week-long day camp for children affected by the disaster. The delegation also assisted volunteer doctors in the town's lone medical clinic. DRN is currently developing plans to establish a long-term relationship with the people of Cabaret and contribute to a sustained effort to rebuild the community.

For more information on DRN's activities, please visit our blog: http://fordhamdrn.blogspot.com.