WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

Mapping Out Change: The United States and Cuba: A New Policy of Engagement

02:00 p.m. Friday, 26 February 2021

(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and the Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA) cordially invite you to the following event:

On December 17, 2020, the Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA) and the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) released a roadmap for change in U.S. policy toward Cuba. The report, The United States and Cuba: A New Policy of Engagement, provides recommendations and a timeline for how the Biden-Harris administration could adopt a more constructive approach to U.S.-Cuba relations. The carefully researched set of policy proposals were developed through a consultative process with a wide range of analysts and experts on U.S.-Cuban relations and was shared with officials in the Biden transition team.

The roadmap lays out a series of sequenced recommendations in three sections: “Repairing the Damage: The First Nine Months,” “Taking the Initiative: The Second Year,” and “Finishing the Job: A Legislative Agenda,” detailing how the Biden-Harris administration can move quickly to implement much-needed change in U.S.-Cuba policy.

As the administration begins to define its foreign policy approach, WOLA and CDA are hosting an educational event intended to lay out the main policy recommendations of the report, and explain how these policies advance the interests of both the United States and the Cuban people. 


Event Details:

Friday, February 26, 2021

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET


Opening Remarks: 

Representative James P. McGovern (D-MA) 

Chair of the House Rules Committee

Overview of the Report:

William LeoGrande

WOLA Senior Fellow and Professor of Government at the American University


Cherie Cancio 

Founder and Program Lead, CubaOne Foundation

Collin Laverty

President, Cuba Educational Travel

Kendra Gaither

Executive Director, U.S.-Cuba Business Council


There will be time for a Q&A session following the remarks.