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Centro Puerto Rico Initiative

The Center for Puerto Rican Studies’ (Centro) Puerto Rico Initiative began in 2015, shortly after three major credit agencies downgraded several bonds issued by Puerto Rico to “junk status,” thus ushering the Puerto Rican government-debt crisis. Centro’s main concern at that time was to brainstorm ways to ameliorate the fiscal crisis by convening experts and the general public from both the island and the US and come up with innovative policy strategies. Two years later, with the disastrous onslaught of Hurricane Maria, the Puerto Rico Initiative at Centro found itself navigating new terrain, reconfiguring the initial agenda to incorporate the unforeseeable social, infrastructural, environmental, and economic damages brought on by this natural disaster.