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Photo: Author; San Juan, Puerto Rico 

On June 30, 2016, in the midst of a summer rocked by Brexit, terrorism, and an acrimonious presidential campaign, President Obama quietly signed into law a bill that had earlier caused controversy but had now faded from government and media attention.  The Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act, or PROMESA, was a political compromise neither party was happy with, a mishmash rushed into being to forestall a wave of litigation before Puer...

August 12, 2016

Photo: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks at the 2016 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report Launch Ceremony at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on June 30, 2016. [State Department Photo/ Public Domain]

Earlier this summer, the U.S. State Department released the 2016 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, a document prepared by the State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP), the annual release of which is often met with criticism on...

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