Author: Margie Thompson

Immigrant Women in Puerto Rico: Organizing in solidarity to help each other

María Suárez Toro ESCRIBANA November 1, 2017   The contagious sound of the women who came to meet at the Dominican Woman’s Center on Monday, October 30 filled the air. They met with hugs, kisses, laughter and hundreds of anecdotes about the ups and downs of daily life in post-Hurricane Maria throughout Puerto Rico and the means of survival they had to invent on the spot.  Their meeting place was a house located at a corner of Convalecencia Park in the center of Rio Piedras near the University of Puerto Rico, the Dominican Women’s Center. All the women are...

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Puerto Rico: Shelters for women victims of violence face challenges as violence against women escalates

María Suárez Toro, Escribana October 13, 2017 Casa Julia and three other women’s shelters are closed for lack of electricity and generators, including Casa Luisa Capetillo and Hogar Nueva Mujer (New Woman’s Home). Hogar Ruth (Ruth’s Home) opened with 35 women, but has only 21 beds to accommodate current and new post-Maria victims. In Aibonito in the center of the big island, at least eight cases of domestic violence have been reported and addressed directly during the post-Maria emergency, and others have been recorded by legal and social assistance.   The lack of communication channels, transportation and electricity are...

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Puerto Rico: Majority of legal complaints in “post Hurricane María” devastation based on gender violence

María Suárez Toro ESCRIBANA October 19, 2017   442 cases of requests for protection orders for gender violence under Law 54 have been filed since Hurricane María hit the island on September 20, 2017. Women activists are stepping forward in support of women in their communities to design a mobile health strategy to deal with the massive trauma. Just two shelters for women victims of violence have emergency sources of electricity. Data on the alarming increase of violence against women were presented to Judge Sigifredo Steidel, director of the Office of Court Administrations (OAT) in Puerto Rico on October 19, 2017. These statistics show that arrests for gender-based violence are the second highest basis for legal action under Rule 6, with a total of 680 cases. “It is not surprising the high level of gender violence in the data, but we know that the number is much greater because following events such as Hurricane María, the numbers increase,” said Vilma González, General Coordinator of Peace for the Woman (CPM – Paz Para la Mujer)**.  She noted that there are many concerns in this “post-María” context because courts are not functioning to capacity, nor are police or the Superintendent of Police (Intendencia Policia) as shown by evidence presented in these legal cases. González explained that when stressful events occur such as loss of housing, property or jobs, women are more...

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Puerto Rico: Albergues para Mujeres Víctimas de Violencia en Dificultades, Violencia contra ellas se acrecienta en lugares de Refugio

María Suárez Toro, Escribana 13 de octubre 2017   • Casa Julia y otras tres casas de atención están cerradas por falta de una planta eléctrica para poder operar, entre ellas la Casa Luisa Capetillo y el Hogar Nueva Mujer. • Hogar Ruth abierto con 35 mujeres, pero apenas 21 camas para alojar las presentes y recibir nuevas víctimas del post huracán María. • En Aibonito en el centro de la isla grande se ha reportado y atendido directamente al menos ocho casos de violencia doméstica durante la emergencia post María y ya se han reportado otros en vías...

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Puerto Rico: Órdenes de Protección por Violencia de Género Constituyen la Gran Cantidad de Denuncias Legales desde “María”

María Suárez Toro, Escribana 19 de octubre 2017 • Se reportan en los tribunales 442 casos de solicitud de órdenes de protección por violencia de género bajo la Ley 54 • Mujeres activistas avanzan en apoyo a mujeres en sus comunidades: dos albergues que lograron electrificar adecuadamente para la emergencia, a la vez que desarrollan una estrategia móvil de salud para atender los traumas Los datos de violencia presentados ante tribunales son el resultado de las estadísticas que para el periódico Nuevo Día entregó el juez Sigifredo Steidel, director de la Oficina de Administraciones de Tribunales (OAT) en Puerto Rico el día de hoy. La actividad judicial acerca de tema de la violencia de género es el segundo más alto que sigue a los datos preliminares de visitas de causa para arrestos bajo Regla 6, que suman 680 casos. “No nos sorprende que la violencia de género presente el dato más alto, pero sabemos que el número es mucho mucho mayor porque se sabe que en eventos como el huracán Maria, las cifras de alzan” dijo Vilma González, Coordinadora General de Paz Para la Mujer aclarando que en ese contexto existen preocupaciones acerca de la forma como se trata n los casos porque los tribunales no están trabajando a capacidad y los policías tampoco como se evidencia en las declaraciones de las mismos tribunales y de la Intendencia de...

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