Alma Yadira’s mother: ‘He had my daughter’s freedom in his hands’

By The Star Staff

The Senate Appointments Committee held a public hearing on Tuesday regarding the appointment of Carlos Rivera Santiago as secretary of Puerto Rico’s Department of Labor and Human Resources (DTRH by its Spanish initials).

Present at the hearing was Alma Yadira Cruz Cruz, a special needs student who at the age of 11 was charged by the Puerto Rico Department of Justice for fighting in school. Rivera Santiago was assistant secretary of children and families in the Department of Justice at the time the agency was pursuing criminal charges (of battery, criminal threatening and disturbing the peace) against the girl.

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