Never-Ending Wait for Thousands of Puerto Ricans Who Filed Claims in Bankruptcy Proceeding

It was the morning of November 18 when federal Judge Laura Taylor Swain asked several times if anyone had come to the offices of Piloto 151 in Hato Rey to participate in the hearing. A dozen people with masks waited outside, but the official from the federal court in Puerto Rico who was there told the judge that no one had arrived. People were told to go back home. Carmen López was furious when she left, with the lawyer who was there and with the government of Puerto Rico, which, she claims, owes her money. She worked as a public school principal and claims that the Department of Education never paid her salary increases that she should have received since at least the 1980s.