In September, I wrote about the new governor declaring a state of national alert for Puerto Rico due to violence toward women. Now, The Intercept reported that an investigation found that dozens of murdered women’s cases are missing or misclassified on police records. The way the report is described in the article, it seems like it might be an imperfect estimate of violence due to the unorganized and secretive nature of police reports in Puerto Rico. But the news comes after feminist groups have tried to convince government officials that violence against women is a problem and a couple of months after Governor Vazquez declared a state of alert.
What more is needed for Governor @wandavazquezg – the fmr attorney general – to declare a state of emergency – as women have asked her to do – to deal with the epidemic of violence against women?Researchers counted 266 femicides in PR from 2014 to 2018, or 1 every 7 days. https://t.co/arbZYQ1nCz
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) November 17, 2019
I’m surprised an American outlet reported on this one, but not a Puerto Rican one. I’m not sure if maybe Puerto Rican newspapers are waiting for a more legitimate report or doing their own investigations or if, maybe, they have not seen it. Whatever the case is — this is the first time I personally encounter the American Media talking bout something the Puerto Rican media is not.
The next piece of news I wanted to discuss is on another report. This one (which Roll Call reported on) talks about Puerto Rico’s failing infrastructure. The American Society of Civil Engineers gave Puerto Rico a D- rating for their infrastructure — which I can’t say I’m shocked by. But I was shocked to learn that this was the first time the ASCE had done a report on Puerto Rico at all.
In the news about the report written by El Nuevo Día they mention that the worst grade was an F received by the energy infrastructure — which, again, I cannot even pretend to be shocked by. Other things these engineers evaluated include bridges, damns, water sanitation, potable water, ports, roads and solid waste. Puerto Rico’s grade was the worst out of all the states that had grades available (14 states were missing data). And, the lowest states had a D+ grade (these states were Arkansas, Hawaii, Louisiana, Michigan and New Jersey).