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Author: William-Jose Velez

US Virgin Islands extend measures to combat COVID-19 pandemic

During a press briefing on March 30, 2020, United States Virgin Islands Governor Albert Bryan Jr. (D) announced he is extending the state of emergency, as well as the stay-at-home order, closure of non-essential businesses territory-wide and limiting restaurants to take-out and pick-up orders only, through April 30 in further efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, the Governor ordered the closure of all beach restaurants, effective immediately, in an effort to curtail people gathering in groups and ignoring the call for social distancing. As of Monday afternoon, 180 persons have been tested, with 126 coming back negative, 30...

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US territories grapple with the coronavirus pandemic

Like the rest of the world, the five unincorporated territories of the United States—Puerto Rico, Guam, the US Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands—have had to fundamentally alter everyday life in an effort to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, which causes the COVID-19 disease. Geographically isolated, and with smaller populations than most states, the different kinds of approach the territories have taken could help other jurisdictions establish their plans. As part of our coverage, we have also established a dashboard to track the number of cases in the territories, since oftentimes, they are...

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US District Judges for Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands confirmed

The United States territories of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands welcomed new US District Judges after Silvia Carreño and Robert Molloy were confirmed by the US Senate this week. “I recommended Judge Silvia Carreño Coll and today we obtained her confirmation as US District Judge for the District of Puerto Rico . I am confident that her professionalism, integrity and trajectory in public service on the Island will guide her in this new position, ”said Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón (NPP,R) of Puerto Rico. Silvia Carreño-Coll held several positions before being appointed US Magistrate including Associate Regional Counsel...

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The February 2020 Elections Territorial Poll

PARTICIPATE Pasquines is proud to announce the first of our 2020 polls, open starting today to all residents of the United States territories of Puerto Rico, Guam, the United States Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa. This is the first ever poll to focus on residents of all the territories, looking to gauge support in the Democratic presidential race, as well as monitoring approval ratings for elected officials at the territorial and national levels. Another innovation we’ve added for this cycle is the inclusion of approval voting style questions. According to the Center for Election Science,...

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US Citizens from Puerto Rico win right to transfer driver’s licenses in Georgia

Kenneth Cabán Gonzalez, a United States citizen born and raised in Puerto Rico, can finally transfer his Puerto Rican driver’s license to Georgia without having to undergo exams not required of US citizens born on the mainland. As a result of the lawsuit—filed on behalf of Mr. Cabán Gonzalez and other similarly situated Puerto Ricans residing in Georgia—the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) has introduced a series of reforms that will allow Puerto Ricans in Georgia to transfer their driver’s licenses. DDS will also cease administering a so-called “Puerto Rico Interview Guide” which tested US citizens born in...

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