Puerto Rico

Domestic Abuse: Puerto Rico’s Women in Crisis

A dedicated network of psychologists, advocates and shelters has emerged to cope with the rise in domestic violence victims since last year’s Hurricane Maria. The challenge is complicated by the slow pace of reconstruction and the lack of government resources.  

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Trump Signs Law Curbing Sex-Trafficking Websites

On the heels of a  federal move to shut down the Backpage website, President Trump signed a bill on Wednesday that gives federal and state prosecutors greater power to pursue websites that host sex-trafficking ads and enables victims and state attorneys general to file lawsuits against those sites.

California’s DNA Ruling Helps Fight Crime, Victims Say

Privacy advocates say California’s Supreme Court justices put citizens’ most personal info at risk when they rejected an appeal last Monday to strike down a law requiring all arrested individuals to provide DNA samples. Supporters of the ruling say concerns about the law, similar to statutes now in effect in 30 states, are overblown.

Cosby Prosecutors Want to Use Quaaude Testimony

Prosecutors and lawyers for Bill Cosby sparred Friday over whether jurors at his sexual assault retrial will hear lurid deposition testimony from the comedian about giving quaaludes to a string of women before sex, Jury selection is due to start on Monday. The judge refused to recuse himself.

Kathy Hochul

Is #MeToo a Movement or a Moment?

With heightened media attention towards sexual misconduct in the workplace, a panel at John Jay College examined how to turn women’s concerns into efforts to produce long-term change. The issue is “shaking and shaping our time,” said New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul.