In November 2020, Hurricane Eta, a category 4 hurricane, slammed the coast of Honduras and caused widespread flooding and destruction across the whole of Central America. Just two weeks later, Hurricane Iota, a category 5 hurricane, hit an already-reeling Honduras, causing water levels to reach rooftops, completely washing away bridges, and causing billions of dollars in damage across the country. In the area of the Ulua River near San Pedro Sula, water levels rose almost a meter higher than the highest-recorded levels during the infamous Hurricane Mitch in 1998. These hurricanes affected more than 4.5 million people in Honduras alone, with an estimated 100 people dying and over a million who had to be evacuated. The hurricanes caused a humanitarian crisis that is still being felt today.
This post was originally published on the Cardozo Journal of Equal Rights and Social Justice website on November 14, 2022. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Bradley, Maleah, "Race Discrimination in Temporary Protected Status: Why Honduras Still Lacks Sufficient Protection" (2022). ERSJ Blog. 36.