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The Center for a Free Cuba (CFC) is an independent, non-partisan institution dedicated to promoting human rights and a transition to democracy and the rule of law on the island. Established in November 1997, the Center gathers and disseminates information about Cuba and Cubans to the media, NGOs, and the international community. The Center also assists the people of Cuba through its information outreach and humanitarian programs on the island. The Center has received a 501(c)(3) exemption from the Internal Revenue Service. Contributions to the Center are tax deductible.

The Center publishes articles on U.S. Cuba policy and other foreign policy issues. The Center also publishes special reports and participates in the debate about Cuba in both printed and electronic media. The Center also produces and distributes books and other publications in Spanish inside Cuba.

The Center sponsors a variety of press events, academic conferences, and briefings on Cuba issues. One of the Center’s first conferences was cosponsored with the Georgetown University, University of Miami, and the Democratic National Institute on the role of the military in the transition to democracy was held in mid 2000 in Portugal. Many other conferences have been sponsored throughout the years.

In the News
Staff and Board Members of the Center are often quoted and appear in TV and radio programs dealing with issues related to Cuba. Since its founding, many articles written by our Board Members and Center staff have been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, The Chicago Tribune, The San Diego Union, The New York Times, The Miami Herald, The Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, The Washington Post, and others. The Center responds to media queries on a regular basis.

Capitol Hill
The Center distributes on a timely basis reports and information about the Cuban situation to Senators, Congressmen and their staffs. With the cooperation of Members of Congress, the Center has sponsored briefings, films, policy luncheons, photo exhibits, concerts, and other events on Capitol Hill.

President and CEO: Ambassador James C. Cason

Board of Trustees: Mr. Elliott Abrams, Ambassador Everett E. Briggs, Ms. Beatriz Casals, Mrs. Mary Curtis Horowitz, Mr. Jeronimo Esteve-Abril, Mr. Manuel Iglesias, Esq., Mr. Guillermo Marmol, Mr. Robert A. O’Brien, Mr. Jack Otero, Mr. Victor J. Pujals, Ambassador Otto J. Reich, Ambassador Jose Sorzano, Counsel: Mr. Filiberto Agusti, Esq.

Research Council: Professor Graciella Cruz Taura (Florida Atlantic University) * Professor Dr. Sergio Diaz-Briquets * Professor Carlos Eire (Yale University) * Dr. Mark Falcoff (American Enterprise Institute-Emeritus) * Professor Edward González (UCLA-Emeritus and RAND) * Professor Alexander Guerrero (NYU) * Professor Eusebio Mujal-León (Georgetown University) * Dr. Joaquin P. Pujol * Dr. Jorge Sanguinetty (Devtech Systems) * Professor Enrico Mario Santí (University of Kentucky, Lexington) * Professor Jaime Suchlicki (University of Miami)


Frank Calzon, Executive Director

Daniel Pedreira, Program Officer

President: Ambassador James Cason
James Cason is the retired U.S. Foreign Service officer, most recently serving as Ambassador to Paraguay, a post he held from December, 2005 to August 2008. Prior to assuming that post, he served as the chief of the United States Interests Section in Havana, Cuba, from September 10, 2002 to September 10, 2005. He was succeeded by Michael E. Parmly.

Cason also served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and Kingston, Jamaica. Previously he served as Political Advisor to the Commander of the U.S. Atlantic Command (USACOM) and to NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic (SACLANT). Cason also served at U.S. missions in Milan, Italy; Lisbon, Portugal; San Salvador, El Salvador; Panama City, Panama; Maracaibo, Venezuela; Montevideo, Uruguay; and La Paz, Bolivia.

James Cason graduated from Dartmouth College in the class of 1966 and has an M.A. from the School of Advanced International Studies(SAIS), Johns Hopkins University(JHU).

Executive Director: Frank Calzón
Born in Cuba and trained as a Political Scientist at Rutgers (BA Political Science) and at Georgetown (MA Comparative Politics,) he has testified on Cuba before Congressional committees and the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva. Mr. Calzon served for 10 years as the Washington representative for Freedom House, the respected human rights organization. He has written many articles for major dailies in the United States and elsewhere, and has appeared in many radio and TV programs. His work at the Center for a free Cuba entails the development and maintenance contacts with the Congress, the diplomatic corps and democratic government officials around the world.

Center for a Free Cuba
1725 DeSales St NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036


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