Why Puerto Rico's governor declared an emergency on violence against women

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi declared a state of emergency Sunday over violence against women on the island, an unusual measure that appears to be the first of its kind in Latin America and the Caribbean. Local activists have fought for the designation for years, noting an uptick in femicides and the lack of an effective police response. They hailed the order as an important step in improving government accountability. But many are also cautious after years of disappointment on an island that has struggled to provide residents with even basic necessities like electr…

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