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Sick Puerto Ricans Now Able to Vote From Home

A judge in San Juan ruled Monday that Puerto Ricans who are ill and with limited mobility can vote in the Nov. 6 elections by mail from home. The decision by Judge Isidro Garcia Pesquera dismissed the plea by th continue reading »

Border Patrol Seizes 2,000 Pounds of Coke Worth $22 Million on Tuna Beach in Puerto Rico

Four individuals landing a boat in the southern coast of Puerto Rico were caught and arrested by Customs and Border Protection's U.S. Border Patrol agents and the Puerto Rico Police Department continue reading »

Puerto Rico’s Police Chief Sued by ACLU for Obstructing Freedom of Expression

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing Puerto Rico’s Police Chief and Justice Secretary in order to stop the enforcement of a new public safety law, the organization says violates everyone’s right to freedom of expression. continue reading »

ACLU Denounces PR Police with Report - “Island of Impunity: Puerto Rico’s Outlaw Police Force”

The Puerto Rico Police Department "is steeped in a culture of unrestrained abuse and near-total impunity" and promised reforms have yet to materialize, the American Civil Liberties Union says in a report released Tuesday. continue reading »

Puerto Rican Bomba Dance Making A Big Comeback in the U.S.

Bomba, Puerto Rico's oldest musical rhythm, is growing in the United States thanks to workshops given by maestro Angel Luis Reyes. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Cargo Plane Crash Kills Two

Two people died Thursday when the cargo plane in which they were riding crashed into Torrecilla Lagoon in Carolina, Puerto Rico, near San Juan's Luis Muñoz Marin international airport. continue reading »

Illegal Immigration to Puerto Rico from Dominican Republic Down

So far in 2011, the Puerto Rican authorities have detained 932 undocumented people trying to get into Puerto Rico. Not all were citizens of the Dominican Republic continue reading »

Government Settlement Protects Voting Rights of Spanish-Speaking Voters in Ohio

The Justice Department announced a settlement with Lorain County, Ohio, to protect the rights of Spanish-speaking Puerto Rican voters under Section 4(e) of the Voting Rights Act. continue reading »

Puerto Rican Communications Organizations Speak before U.S. Congress for the First Time

The University of Puerto Rico Alumni and Friends Abroad Association (UPRAA), is making history by presenting for the first time ever in the Congress of the United States, continue reading »

Justice Dept Settles With Puerto Rican Government on Charges of Disability Discrimination

The Justice Department today settled a lawsuit with the Puerto Rico Department of Justice (PRDOJ) to protect the rights of employees with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). continue reading »

ACLU Files Lawsuit Against Puerto Rican Govt Detention Center for Girls - Alleging Abuse

The ACLU learned of the abuse through interviews with girls at the facility, but the investigation was halted when staff at the detention center stopped the questioning and refused to allow the research team to return. continue reading »

Racial Identity Shifting in Puerto Rico

The racial identity of the Puerto Rican population may be changing, say experts, who point to census figures in which those identifying solely as American Indian or black jumped about 50 percent in the last ten years. continue reading »

Cartagena Named New President and General Counsel at Latino Justice PRLDEF

Cartagena is a constitutional law and civil rights attorney with extensive litigation experience in the areas of voting rights, employment discrimination, education and language rights. He served as a staff attorney at LatinoJustice in the 1980s. continue reading »

Majority of Children in Puerto Rico Live in Poverty

A recent report from the National Council of La Raza paints a grim picture for the youth of Puerto Rico: 56% live in poverty, they have highest rate of teen births, and the highest rate in U.S. of teens not attending school or working. continue reading »

5 Puerto Ricans Charged with RICO Crimes Involving 21 Murders, Must Foreiture $46 Million in Gains

Five Puerto Rican defendants are charged in a 17-count indictment with: violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, committing violent crimes in aid of racketeering activity, continue reading »

28 Percent of all Puerto Rican Teens Carry Guns to School, Teachers Fear Their Own Students

A study released this week in Puerto Rico shows an alarming trend of 10th-12th graders carrying guns to school whereby teachers are afraid of their students, and violence to solve problems is readily practiced. continue reading »

Challenges Facing Stateside Puerto Ricans in the 21st Century

The Puerto Rican population living stateside has, according to the latest figures from the Census, grown to 4.2 million, compared to 3.5 million in Puerto Rico. We were able to document the size of the stateside community growing larger than that of the Island for the first time in 2004 when we published the Atlas of Stateside Puerto Ricans. During the first decade of the 21st Century, this is the first time since 1910 that Puerto Rico’s population has declined, while the stateside boricua population has continued to increase, reflecting an outmigration from Puerto Rico perhaps as great as that of the 1940s. continue reading »

Puerto Rican Man Visits Family in Florida and Then Decides to Torch Them to Death

Justino Sanchez Diaz, from Puerto Rico, was visiting his extended family in Florida when he decided to burn them to death. Sometime on New Year’s Day, continue reading »

One of World’s Highest Prevalence Rates for Asthma is in Puerto Rico

This year the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico is facing a jump in the asthma cases reported amongst children, and the island’s children are nearly 300 percent more likely to have respiratory ailments than the general population continue reading »

FELIZ NAVIDAD to Puerto Rico - Santa Brings a 30 Second Earthquake to the Island

Last night as many Puerto Rican families were getting ready to celebrate Chrismas Eve Santa gave the island residents an early present - a 30 second 5.1 earthquake that occurred around 6:43 pm (EST). continue reading »