Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Cuba - COI

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Wilfredo O. Allen P.A.

Email: legalallenataol [dot] com

Wilfredo Allen is an attorney and member of the Florida Bar. He was a member of the Cuban American Bar association until 2008. He worked as an attorney for Human Rights in Cuba, a Non-profit organization that provided information about human rights in Cuba, presenting cases before the United Nations Human Rights Commission and meeting with Cuban refugees. He also worked as an attorney for the Centre for Human Rights where he helped prepare reports on human rights in Cuba. As an Immigration attorney in the US he has worked in many cases with Cubans that have left the island. He has given expert testimony in various courts.

He holds an International studies degree from the Florida State University; Post graduate studies in Spanish literature from the University of Valencia; Graduate courses in international studies from the University of Miami, masters in social work from the University of Barry and a Juris Doctor from the University of Miami.

Dr Mette Louise Berg

Departmental Lecturer, University of Oxford, UK

Email: mette [dot] bergatanthro [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk

Dr Berg is an anthropologist, who has worked on Cuba and its diaspora since 1998. She is the author of ‘Diasporic Generation: Memory, Politics and Nation among Cubans in Spain’ (Berghahn Books, 2011) as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters. Dr Berg holds a DPhil degree from St Antony’s College, Oxford, and a BA and MPhil from Copenhagen University.

Juliana Maria Vengoechea Barrios

Directora Refugee Law Clinic, Centro de Estudios de Derecho International Francisco Suárez

Email: juliana [dot] vengoecheaatjaveriana [dot] edu [dot] co

Juliana Maria Vengoecheo Barrios is Director of the Refugee Law Clinic at the School of Law at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota.  Most cases are Cubans who come through Venezuela. The legal clinic has eight years of practice representing Cuban asylum seekers, among others from diverse nationalities, before the Colombian refugee authority.  Her expertise as Country of Origin Information expert on Cuba and other countries in the Caribbean began with her work as a Michigan Law Program in Refugee and Asylum Law Fellow at the Caribbean Unit of UNHCR in Washington DC where she worked both on RSDs and resettlements with UNHCR as well as on a study mission of Cuban longstayers in the Bahamas.Internet Freedom.

Carrie Gibson

Dr Carrie Gibson received her PhD in History from Cambridge University, and prior to this worked as a journalist for The Guardian and other publications. She is most currently the author of Empire’s Crossroads: A History of the Caribbean from Columbus to the Present Day (Pan Macmillan, 2014) and is currently at work on a book about the Hispanic history of the United States. She has lived in or travelled extensively around the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico areas of Latin America (Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Colombia, Central America) but has also spent time in other islands in the region, as well as Guyana and Suriname in South America. Her interests as a historian and researcher include economic migration, human rights, slavery and human trafficking, ethnicity/race, gay rights/homophobia. She speaks Spanish and some French. 

Robert C. Harding

email: rchardingatvaldosta [dot] edu

Robert C. Harding is Associate Professor and Department Head of Political Science at Valdosta State University in Georgia, USA. Dr. Harding holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in International Studies from the University of Miami (Florida, USA) as well as an M.A. in Spanish from the University of Louisville (Kentucky, USA). He is a specialist in Latin American politics, space policy, and global security. Dr. Harding is the author of four books, including two on Panama, as well as many articles on various aspects of Latin American politics and development. He has been an invited presenter at numerous conferences in the US, Canada, Latin America, and Europe, and he has traveled, studied, and researched in over twenty countries in Latin America and Europe, including two extended periods in Cuba.

Reporters Without Borders

Reporters without Borders has published a list of 10 "internet enemies": countries that actively restrict access to the internet, censor content and pursue and imprison those who upload, contribute and view content which criticises the government. There are corresponding articles detailing the legal obstacles for internet users, and the consequences for those who fall foul of the law. Cuba is on this list.