UPDATE: Federal Agencies to Conduct Hate Crime Trainings for Puerto Rican Law Enforcement Officials

Almost a year after GLAAD and others urged President Obama and the media to address murders of LGBT people in Puerto Rico, EDGE has reported that the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation will conduct training sessions on hate crimes for Puerto Rican law enforcement officials.

Michael Lavers at EDGE reported that, “A DOJ spokesperson confirmed that prosecutors and investigators with the Puerto Rico Department of Justice will attend these trainings, but did not immediately provide specific details about where and when they will take place.”

Since late 2009, nearly two dozen LGBT Puerto Ricans have been murdered on the island, and authorities have not been treating or investigating these killings as hate crimes. Coverage around anti-LGBT violence in Puerto Rican news outlets has been fair and accurate for the most part, with the notable exception of incorrect names and pronouns of transgender victims.

GLAAD has also worked on ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive LGBT representations in Puerto Rican media. In 2011, after the host of a highly-rated Puerto Rican program made defamatory remarks against Ricky Martin and his children, GLAAD and Puerto Rican LGBT organization Puerto Rico for Everyone met with Wapa-TV executives in Puerto Rico, and conducted media trainings to help talent and producers better understand issues of defamation and unfair representation.

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