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In this foreword, the author introduces the idea of the rights deficit faced by people of color and low socioeconomic status by linking it to related debates—first on the nature of rights and second on whether there are domestic and international “democracy deficits.” Then the author describes the essays from the 2006 Western Law Professors of Color Conference in the three groups in which they appear in the issue. One group of essays focuses on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina for the domestic rights deficit. In the area of education law and policy, the issue is not just the rights deficit, but also the deficit in remedies and resources for racial disparities. Another essay broadens the lens of the Conference to look at the international dimensions of the rights deficit. The author concludes by looking at the impact of rights deficits for people of color and how the rights deficit measures progress in the lives of people of color.

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43 Cal. W. L. Rev. 1 (2006)