Franklin, WI – Per the unanimous request of the Board of Directors, Forward Latino sent letters to the
Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate, requesting
emergency assistance for Puerto Rico and the release of Hurricane Maria recovery funds following the
two weeks of devastating earthquakes experienced by the island.
National President Darryl Morin stated “Our thoughts and prayers are with our fellow United States Citizens on the island of Puerto Rico. Over the last two weeks they have suffered greatly as they experienced dozens of earthquakes with the strongest reaching 6.4 in the Richter Scale. The damage we are seeing from images being sent from the island show the degree of devastation as entire buildings have collapsed, power has been lost, and people are searching desperately for their loved ones. This
hardship is made even worse as Puerto Rico is still struggling to recover from Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Today I sent letters to both Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader McConnell asking them for emergency aid for the island and to request their assistance in urging this administration to release the tens of billions of dollars already appropriated by Congress in 2018 for hurricane recovery efforts. Our brothers and sister on the island, have and continue to give their greatest measure to defend our freedoms and our government. It is beyond the time that we provide the assistance that we are obliged to provide them,
for their sacrifice.”
Forward Latino is encouraging individuals that would like to donate to earthquake relief efforts to do so at

A Forward Latino partner, The Hispanic Federation already has infrastructure and personnel on the island providing emergency relief.