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U.S. Government Should Negotiate with Cuba to Free Alan Gross, American Prisoner in Cuba

New Statements by Gross Underscore Need to Act
News
WOLA calls on the Obama administration to negotiate with the Cuban government to secure the release of USAID contractor Alan Gross, who has been imprisoned in Cuba for four years and faces another 11 years of his sentence.

USAID’s "Cuban Twitter" and Alan Gross

Resources and Analysis by WOLA
News
Recent developments in U.S.-Cuba relations have once again highlighted the counterproductive nature of U.S. policy toward Cuba.

USAID’s Cuban Twitter: “Democracy Promotion” Does More Harm than Good

In Cuba, the United States Should Do Less in Order to Accomplish More
Analysis & Commentary
A USAID program reportedly built a cell phone messaging platform in an elaborate attempt to inspire social unrest in Cuba.

President Obama’s Meeting with Pope Francis and the Issue of Cuba

News
This Thursday, March 27, President Obama and Pope Francis are scheduled to meet at the Vatican. According to the president’s advisers, Cuba is on the short list of international issues that will likely be discussed during the talks.

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Holds First Ever Hearing on Drug Policy

News
On March 25, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights held its first ever hearing to analyze the impact of current drug policy on human rights.

Histórica audiencia sobre políticas de drogas en la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH)

Audiencia será llevada a cabo el martes 25 de marzo a las 2 p.m. EST
News
Por primera vez, la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) llevará a cabo una audiencia sobre daños causados por las políticas de drogas.

New National Poll Shows That Majority of Americans Support Ending Embargo on Cuba

News
Tomorrow morning, the Atlantic Council's Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center will release a national poll measuring changing American attitudes toward U.S.-Cuba relations.

Americans Support Normalizing Relations with Cuba by Large Margin, Floridians by Even More

Analysis & Commentary
Growing support for a change in U.S.-Cuba policy gives President Obama more political space to do the right thing.

CELAC Meeting Attendance Shows Growing Importance of Regional Body

Analysis & Commentary
On Tuesday, January 29, Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon and Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) José Miguel Insulza will attend the second CELAC summit in Havana; their attendance signals the growing diplomatic importance of the regional body.

Labor Rights and Cuba’s Economic Reforms

Publication
Since Raúl Castro became president in 2008, Cuba has taken modest but significant steps to move from an almost entirely state-run economy to a more mixed model, but there has been little debate about the potential trade-offs and social costs of these reforms.

President Obama Shakes Hands with Raúl Castro: A Modest but Positive Step in the Right Direction

News
The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) welcomes this development, which is a modest but positive step toward improving relations with Cuba.

Time for a New Approach to the Case of Alan Gross

Recommendations for the Administration on the Fourth Anniversary of Gross’s Arrest
Analysis & Commentary
The administration’s annual calls to Cuban authorities to free Mr. Gross unconditionally have not worked.

U.S. Cuba Policy Undermining U.S. Policy on Cuba

Analysis & Commentary
In recent weeks President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have spoken directly about the need to “update” U.S. policy towards Cuba. This week, we’ve learned that beyond being out of date and anachronistic, U.S.–Cuba policy might be better understood as incoherent, at odds with itself, and undermining the national interest.

Washingtonian Magazine Names WOLA as One of DC's "50 Great Places to Work"

Analysis & Commentary
In the non-profit sector today, having good intentions simply isn’t enough. Organizations must be well-managed to be effective. We believe that promoting human rights and social justice in Latin America is of critical importance, and we work hard to ensure that WOLA is sustainably and efficiently run in order to have the greatest impact possible.

Secretary Kerry Speaks at the OAS

Reaction from the Washington Office on Latin America
News

A Refreshing Change in Rhetoric: President Obama Proposes “Updating” Cuba Policy

Analysis & Commentary
As innocuous and reasonable as they may sound to the casual observer, the President's words represent a significant break from the harsh Cold War rhetoric that has dominated U.S.-Cuba policy for decades.

NGOs, Member of Congress Unite to Call for Further Action in U.S. Policy towards Cuba

News
On November 8, 2013, Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) sent a letter to President Obama praising past executive actions to improve U.S.-Cuban relations and called on the president to take further action. In her letter, Representative Lee highlighted a similar letter to the President signed by 55 NGOs, including WOLA.

U.S. Government Should Recognize That Cuba is Not a State Sponsor of Terrorism

Cuba Helps Release U.S. Hostage in Colombia
Analysis & Commentary
The U.S. government, which keeps Cuba on a list of alleged State Sponsors of Terrorism, has thanked Cuba for its assistance in securing the release of a U.S. citizen in Colombia.