The debt crisis in Puerto Rico has affected many families across the whole country. Puerto Ricans who were born, raised and realized their dreams in the island have had to leave their homes behind and start anew. Meanwhile, mainland Puerto Ricans have had to step up to not only welcome their families, but also help those still fighting the crisis in the island. The voices of the Puerto Rican diaspora have become the hope to building a better future for the island and its people.

"I could not see how I would be able to get the education I wanted with all the school closures and cuts in education in Puerto Rico. At 17, I had to make the decision to leave my parents and come live with my aunt in Orlando. My integration has been relatively smooth, but I see other kids who are new arrivals from Puerto Rico and they are struggling."

— Jaymarie Ramos Quiñones, Orlando, FL

"My family has been affected since my son, resident in Gurabo, has had to go to work to Barceloneta and they are planning to leave Puerto Rico. If my retirement is reduced I will not be able to fulfill my economic commitments, especially my house."

- Migdalia Flores Garcia, teacher, San Juan

"We no longer have the materials or the resources to serve kids with multiple disabilities. They are such a vulnerable population. This is criminal!"

— Maricelis González, Special Student Services Assistant, San Juan

"Like many educators, today we are living with uncertainty about what will happen to our retirement. I had to take preventive measures getting a night job where I contribute to social security, so when I retire I have some income that can help me pay for basic necessities."

- Elba Aponte, teacher, San Juan

"Even as a dual income family with health insurance, we could not guarantee health care for our diabetic daughter.With sales tax, gas prices, transportation and medicine costs increasing in Puerto Rico due to the debt, we were forced to move to Florida."

— Iris Colón Year, custodian, Orlando, FL

"My mother had been coming and going for the past five years. But she is a diabetic, has high blood pressure and other health issues. She needs consistent health care. But the clinic in her hometown of San Sebastian was shut down, and other doctors' offices nearby are overloaded. We got scared that she would no longer be able to get the care she needed. We feared for her life. So my siblings and I decided it was better that she move up here with us. She wants to go back, but we can’t take that risk. We have other family there, and they’re stuck. What is their future? And if my mom goes back, what is her future?"

— Mary Rosario, commercial cleaner, Bridgeport, CT


More than 3.5 million Puerto Ricans have been impacted by the financial crisis in the island. Whether you, your family, or someone you know has been affected, we are all part of a growing community fighting for a stronger Puerto Rico. And, YOUR story matters. Tell us why you're standing up for the millions impacted by the crisis in Puerto Rico. We'll amplify your story far and wide so Congress and leaders in the island hear your voice and your call for action. 

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