Centro de Periodismo Investigativo

Puerto Rico Promised Billions for Safe Water, But Taps Still Running Dry

Despite ample federal funding, less than one percent of the federal money slated for the island’s public water utility corporation since 2018 has been set aside to buy generators for water pumps. Local officials instead have been forced to rely on a patchwork supply of emergency units.

  • Dec 13, 2022
  • 5:39 PM

Reports Filed by Act 22 Beneficiaries Are Public Records, PR Supreme Court Says

A panel of four Supreme Court justices unanimously rejected a petition filed by the Puerto Rico Privacy Association that sought to block the lower court’s decision ordering the disclosure of the annual reports submitted by Act 22 beneficiaries, a statute that has been part of the Act 60 Incentives Code since 2019.

  • Nov 23, 2022
  • 2:43 PM

Domestic Violence Rampant Among Puerto Rico Police Officers, But Few Face Consequences

In the last 12 years, Puerto Rico police officers or former police officers have killed at least 10 women. More than 800 officers have been arrested for violence against their partners and 1,111 administrative complaints have been filed against them.

  • Nov 10, 2022
  • 12:40 PM

Poor Conditions of Bridges in Puerto Rico Raise Doubts on Ability to Withstand Future Storms

The Department of Transportation and Public Works offered incomplete data on the bridges damaged by Hurricane Fiona and does not say whether there was a monitoring plan for those that were in a vulnerable condition before the storm.

  • Oct 31, 2022
  • 1:43 PM

Puerto Rico Governor’s Cousins Have Over 20 Real Estate Consulting, Public Housing Corporations

Aside from the public housing management business, for which federal authorities are investigating Walter and Eduardo Pierluisi Isern, Gov. Pedro Pierluisi’s cousins, the Pierluisi Isern and Pierluisi González-Coya families have more than 20 active companies in real estate, consulting and business and real estate management.

  • Oct 27, 2022
  • 12:40 PM

Puerto Rico Government Has No Plan to Handle Increase in Post-Disaster Gender-Based Violence

Two weeks after Hurricane Fiona, non-governmental organizations in Puerto Rico still bear the greatest burden of guiding and caring for survivors of gender-based violence.

  • Oct 13, 2022
  • 12:51 PM

After Fiona, Puerto Rico Health Dept. Repeats Hurricane María Mistakes With Patients Who Depend on Electricity

On the island of Puerto Rico, there are more than 40,000 people using electrical devices that extend their lives, and during emergencies they are more vulnerable.

  • Sep 26, 2022
  • 1:29 PM

Puerto Rico Agriculture Secretary Has Direct Links to Company that Sells Equipment to Farmers Using Federal Funds

Agro Power, a farm equipment company owned by Puerto Rico’s Agriculture Secretary Ramón González Beiró, has earned over $100,000 in sales of equipment purchased by farmers through the federal Re-Grow PR Urban-Rural Agriculture Program.

  • Sep 12, 2022
  • 4:00 PM

‘Boricuas’ in Florida at Epicenter of Housing Crisis

The lack of affordable housing has been exacerbated by the pandemic, but it’s a systemic problem that goes back much further.

  • Sep 7, 2022
  • 10:00 AM

Puerto Rico Education Department Forced to Return $6.5M in Federal Funds for Providing Wrong Data

An audit by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of the Inspector General revealed that the local agency erred in the number of students it identified as “displaced” to receive a multimillion-dollar grant after Hurricanes Irma and María struck.

  • Aug 22, 2022
  • 5:29 PM

Puerto Rico Public Schools Lack Materials for Antiracist Education

The Puerto Rico Department of Education expects to have antiracist teaching resources in the classrooms by 2023, after securing $12 million from the American Rescue Plan Emergency Funds for Schools.

  • Aug 11, 2022
  • 12:06 PM

Puerto Rico Chief Justice Held Accountable for Court’s Response to Gender Violence Cases

Chief Justice Maite Oronoz Rodríguez has been vocal about her solidarity with gender-based violence victims and their families, but she faces the challenge of bringing the judicial branch closer to survivors of violence and addressing demands for transparency and accountability.

  • Jul 11, 2022
  • 2:16 PM

Court of Appeals Orders Delivery of Act 22 Beneficiaries’ Reports

Four judges have ordered the handing over to the Center for Investigative Journalism (CPI, in Spanish) of the annual reports submitted by the beneficiaries of the Act to Promote the Relocation of Investors to Puerto Rico, or Act 22, which is now part of the Incentives Code.

  • Jun 24, 2022
  • 4:11 PM

CPI Scores Federal Court Win Against Fiscal Control Board for Access to Information

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston rejected the Fiscal Control Board for Puerto Rico’s claim that, due to “sovereign immunity,” it did not have to submit to the right of access to information and deliver documents on their processes requested by the Centro de Periodismo Investigativo.

  • May 25, 2022
  • 11:51 AM

CPI, Todas Launch Gender Investigative Unit

Puerto Rico’s Centro de Periodismo Investigativo and feminist media outlet Todas launched the Gender Investigative Unit, a collaborative project that seeks to conduct in-depth investigations aimed at addressing systemic gender violence in Puerto Rico and train journalists from the island to better cover these issues.

  • May 11, 2022
  • 1:01 PM

Gentrification Displaces Domestic Violence Survivors in Puerto Rico

Since the implementation of Act 22 approved in 2012 in Puerto Rico, which attracts foreign investors with tax incentives, access to affordable housing for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault has been a growing challenge.

  • May 5, 2022
  • 12:23 PM

Puerto Rico Teachers Drowning in Bureaucracy and Bad Planning

Today, teachers in Puerto Rico have fewer support staff, while their administrative responsibilities have increased through new technology platforms and documents handled as part of the accountability system imposed for educational reform.

  • Apr 20, 2022
  • 2:49 PM

Puerto Rico School’s Budget Data Still Unclear Four Years After Education Reform

Act 85 of 2018 vowed to specify how much the government invests in its students, but four years after it was enacted, directors, parents, and teachers are playing a guessing game on the resources their schools count on since the Department of Education still doesn’t have a clear and transparent process to calculate the cost per student.

  • Apr 12, 2022
  • 3:12 PM

Few Changes Made in Puerto Rico to Access Health Information and Services in a Hurricane

The Department of Health, responsible for inspecting and approving the emergency evacuation plans of all the island’s hospitals, only keeps them for the three hospitals that it runs. The Pan American Health Organization states that access to information is essential to improve public management and citizen confidence in preparing for emergency events.

  • Mar 30, 2022
  • 12:10 PM

Expensive Evaluation to ‘Transform’ University of Puerto Rico’s Medical Sciences Campus

The meetings of the committee appointed to evaluate the operations of the campus were paid for with the Office of Institutional Transformation budget, whose operation from 2019 to date has cost $2,126,284.

  • Mar 17, 2022
  • 11:13 AM

Pineapple Country: The Agrochemicals Polluting the Panama Canal and Beyond

Panama participates in a global business of agrochemicals that are harmful to health, the environment and water supplies. The companies—that import, export, manufacture and use them—operate with lack of transparency, without accountability by the authorities.

  • Feb 10, 2022
  • 3:04 PM

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