WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas
16 Jun 2010 | Publication | News

Change in Our Interest: Travel, Trade and Improved Relations with Cuba

Change in Our Interest: Travel, Trade and Improved Relations with Cuba

U.S.-Cuba relations have been at a standstill for many years, but momentum for change is developing.

The information included in this congressional education packet documents how existing restrictions on travel and trade harm the national interests of the United States, and why reforming this policy is consistent with our values, our economic interests and efforts to improve the U.S. image abroad.

H.R. 4645 the "‘Travel Restriction Reform and Export Enhancement Act" would restore U.S. citizens' right to travel to Cuba and facilitate the sale of U.S. agricultural products to Cuba.

We encourage you to use this information to talk to your Member of Congress. 

To download the entire packet, click here .

To download the individual documents, click on the links below:

  1. Legislative Background: U.S. – Cuba Policy in the 111th Congress
  2. Travel Talking Points: Lifting the Travel Ban Will Strengthen U.S. Interests and Help the Cuban People
  3. Trade Talking Points: Facilitating Agriculture Sales While Lifting the Travel Ban Will Further Help U.S. Interests and the Cuban People
  4. Endorsement Lists: U.S. Organizations that Have Stated Their Support For an End to the Ban on Travel to Cuba for All Americans
  5. Polling Data: Growing Numbers of Americans – Especially Cuban Americans – Want the Freedom to Travel for All Americans
  6. Contact List: U.S.-Cuba Policy Contacts

The previously introduced, "Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act" H.R. 874 in the House of Representatives and S. 428 in the Senate would lift restrictions on travel to Cuba for all Americans. 

Recent commentary in support of lifting the ban on travel to Cuba and easing restrictions on U.S. sales to Cuba

Statements in support of H.R.4645

Statements in support of H.R.874 and S.428