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New Orleans Now: Immigrants, Labor Rights and the Human Cost of Rebuilding an American City – Part 3


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Source: Latino Health Outreach Project

Source: Latino Health Outreach Project

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more than 40 million people in the U.S. without health insurance. Those mostly affected: people with low income and people of color. Now, imagine you’re both and from another country. You’ve come to help rebuild New Orleans and you find yourself working in unsanitary, unregulated and hazardous conditions. Where do you go for help if you get hurt or you get sick?

On this edition, part three of our immigration series, we hear from two people who have affected countless lives by providing a basic necessity: health care.

This series was made possible in part by the Open Society Institute.


Jennifer Whitney, Latino Health Outreach Project (LHOP) co-founder and coordinator; Dr. Ravi Vadlamudi, Common Ground Health Clinic medical director & Tulane University┬╣s Uptown Square Clinic doctor.

Senior Producer/Host: Tena Rubio,Open Society Institute Fellow
Mixing Engineer: Phillip Babich
Interns: Alexis McCrimmon and Samson Reiny
Translation: Frank Rubio, Andrew Reisseger, Christine M. Rodriguez
Voiceover talent: Jose Ramirez, Dr. Joseph Khamsi, Paul Bieber, Samson Reiny, Steve Masar, Christopher Williams, Aaron Shuman, Joshua Grossman
Transcribing: Casting Word

Much appreciation to all the people who contributed their time, energy and support to this show, Eve Troeh, David Kunian, Claire Schoen, all of those listed above and especially to Steve Masar and Emily Polk.

For more information:

Latino Health Outreach Project – New Orleans, LA

Common Ground Health Clinic (Latino Health Outreach Project) – New Orleans, LA

Other helpful links:

Workplace Justice Project
Loyola University New Orleans, College of Law
7214 St. Charles Ave., Box 901
New Orleans, LA 70118  504-861-5550

New Orleans Worker Center for Racial Justice (NOWJC)

Southern Poverty Law Center – Montgomery, AL

The People’s Hurricane Relief Fund (PHRF)
1418 N. Claiborne, Suite 2
New Orleans, LA 70116
504-301-0125; 1-888-310-PHRF;

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