Friday, April 6, 2018

Freedom of Information Act Request Filed On Behalf Of Carmen C. Cabrera Seeking Information Related To SSA Southside Office Closure

Cabrera requested information related to the decision that led to the closure of the Southside SSA office.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

April 6, 2018

Milwaukee, WI - On Friday, Carmen C. Cabrera signed and filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Social Security Administration (SSA) along with Attorney Carlos R. Pastrana at the Southside Organizing Center. Also present was Tammy Rivera, the Executive Director who has taken the lead to also seek answers why the SSA decided to close an SSA office on March 22 located in the predominantly Latino community and did not relocated in the area.
Attorney Pastrana says, additional similar FOIA requests were also submitted with the General Services Administration and the Inspector General in order to provide information and facts related to the Southside SSA office closing.
The SSA didn't give proper notice nor did it held public hearings about the decision to close the Southside office.
The Southside SSA office served more than 2,000 people per month and closing the area office created a void for local elderly and those with disabilities to have easy access to the services the SSA office provided to an area of more than 90,000 in population and the aging community and a diverse population who decided to reside in the community.
According to the New American Economy dot org report, in 2015, Hispanic households contributed $101.8 billion to Social Security and that included the almost $46.2 billion foreign-born Hispanics who contributed to Social Security as well.

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