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Can a century-old colonial crisis be solved before a once-in-a-generation opportunity passes the island by?

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Sonia Nieves at her home in Bayamón, Puerto Rico on March 13, 2020. Photo: Erika P. Rodriguez for GEN

Activists, survivors, and families have been calling for the government to take action since 2018


My ballot is a quiet love letter to nearly four million U.S. colonial subjects who are denied the right to vote

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Consumers have been boycotting the brand since its CEO came out for Trump

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M received a protective order against her emotionally and physically abusive partner. But Puerto Rican police didn’t enforce it. Photos: Erika P. Rodriguez

After Hurricane Maria, the number of women killed by their partners doubled. Survivors say the government’s misguided response has put more lives in danger.


M recibió una orden de protección contra su agresor, quien la abusaba física y emocionalmente. Pero la Policía de Puerto Rico no la hizo cumplir. Photos: Erika P. Rodriguez

Luego del huracán María, el número de mujeres asesinadas por sus parejas se duplicó. Sobrevivientes dicen que la respuesta desacertada del gobierno ha puesto aún más vidas en peligro.


Citizens are fed up as Puerto Rico tests for the coronavirus at a far lower rate than the rest of the U.S.

Demonstrators waved a Puerto Rican black flag in a protest calling for more Covid-19 tests to be conducted.
Demonstrators waved a Puerto Rican black flag in a protest calling for more Covid-19 tests to be conducted.
A demonstrator waves a black Puerto Rican flag during a protest, calling for more Covid-19 tests to be conducted among the population. Photo: Nahira Montcourt/picture alliance/Getty Images

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