USAID awards $3.8 million in Cuba grants (revised)

The U.S. Agency for International Development in September awarded at least six grants totaling $3,828,882 to boost human rights, promote democratic values and assist political prisoners and their families in Cuba. Recipients include: Grupo de Apoyo a la Democracia, $625,000 Bacardi Family Foundation, $600,000 The Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba, $544,846 Outreach Aid to … Read more

USAID awards $410,710 to Florida news company

The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded the Digital News Association $410,710 to promote human rights in Cuba, records show. The CEO and executive director of the Digital News Association is Gelet Martinez Fragela, founder of ADN Cuba. ADN operates as a for-profit company called Ulloo Media Inc. and lists the address, 5550 Glades … Read more

Lawyers: Human trafficking claims “grossly inaccurate”

A class-action lawsuit alleges that the Pan American Health Organization has collected more than $75 million “by enabling, managing, and enforcing illegal human trafficking of Cuban medical professionals in Brazil.” Lawyers for the PAHO argue that the trafficking claims “are grossly inaccurate” and “bear almost no resemblance to reality.” Undeterred, lawyers for four Cuban doctors … Read more

USAID: $3 million to expose “exploited” sex workers and other laborers in Cuba

U.S. officials on Wednesday announced plans to spend up to $3 million for a “development program” aimed at “exposing exploitation” of Cuban laborers, including hotel employees, sex workers and others who are ostensibly part of the country’s hospitality and tourism industry. The U.S. Agency for International Development will award as many as three grants worth … Read more

Cuba Broadcasting passes audit

The U.S. government’s own auditors figure that government agencies made $175 billion in improper payments during fiscal year 2019, which ended on Sept. 30, 2019. Agencies are required to self-police to try to find improper payments. The Office of Cuba Broadcasting examined 145 payments worth $8,091,442 and discovered 47 improper payments worth $201,540, according to … Read more