Disaster Migration is not a new reality in the Gulf Coast. In the aftermath of Katrina, thousands of families were forced to flee to cities and cross state lines. The Katrina diaspora extended to all 50 states of the US. These people were called "refugees" which is an incorrect use of specific legal terminology. They were not refugees, but rather climate migrants. They were entitled to the international protections of "internally displaced people (IDPs). The had the right to access the justice systems set up to help them recover.
Access to justice is at the core of GCCLP's work in the Gulf Coast. In partnership with community-based organizations, private law practices and legal services organizations, GCCLP provides BP Claim Assistance, advocacy with Road Home and FEMA Recoupment issues , FEMA Claims Assistance, and more through community clinics in the aftermath of climate disaster across the five Gulf South states.