Overview

The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation’s Latin America Studies and Programs Center promotes individual freedom, respect for human rights, and democracy throughout Latin America, but especially Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua. Our researchers document human rights abuses, support in-region civil society and pro-democracy groups, and educate the American public and U.S. policy makers about the realities on the ground.

Programs

The Castro regime has developed sophisticated human trafficking and forced labor schemes to exploit the Cuban people, with emphasis on health personnel. The Cuban regime, in collusion with international communist allies, sends Communist Medical Brigades overseas to sell health care services for propaganda purposes. Communist commissaries and secret police agents oversee the Communist Medical Brigades’ workers and regularly confiscate between 75% and 90% of their wages. VOC’s Latin America Programs advocate for the rights of these workers, conducting research on Trafficking in Medical Personnel (TIMP) and providing legal assistance to these victims of communism.

Publications

WASHINGTON, D.C.— As the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC) commemorates the 9th anniversary of the killing of Cuban dissidents Oswaldo Payá and Harold Cepero, VOC calls for the immediate release of the leaders of the San Isidro Movement, who…

WASHINGTON D.C. – The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC) urges the Biden administration to stand by the Cuban people and lead the international community to target communist officials with sanctions and protect the demonstrators. This weekend, after more than…

The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC) is conducting a photography contest for professional and amateur photographers in an effort to remember “the Venezuela that used to be.”  The contest is open from now until July 31 to Venezuelan nationals or foreigners with more than 20 years…

Background Since the election of Hugo Chávez in 1999 and the subsequent Nicolas Maduro regime, Venezuela’s conversion to a “Bolivarian Socialist Republic” has devolved into a populist authoritarianism that has destroyed the country’s institutions, economy, industries, and created a major…

Más de un cuarto de los estadounidenses (26%) apoyan la “eliminación gradual del sistema capitalista a favor de un sistema más socialista” Treinta por ciento de los estadounidenses más jóvenes (generación Z) tienen una opinión favorable del marxismo Más de…

DR. CARISSA F. ETIENNE PAN AMERICAN HEALTH ORGANIZATION (PAHO) 525 23RD STREET, NW WASHINGTON, D.C. 20037 Dear Director Etienne, The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC), in association with Cuba Archive and Global Liberty Alliance, advocate for the thousands who…

On March 20, the Organization of American States (OAS) will hold an election for its next secretary general. The incumbent, Uruguayan Luis Almagro, has rejuvenated the once-fading institution and is among the boldest pro-democracy voices in the Americas. Unsurprisingly, Venezuela is quietly…

What do you call a system that combines slavery with espionage? In Communist Cuba, you call it humanitarian aid. For decades Havana has sent tens of thousands of doctors abroad as a supposed sign of goodwill, only to steal their…

Welcome to Captive Nations Week. Never heard of it? There are now likely multiple generations of American citizens who haven’t — and that’s not a good thing for the future of freedom. This week was once a fixture of American…

The crisis in Venezuela has entered the 11th hour. After months of protests involving millions of people, Interim President Juan Guaidó has called on Venezuela’s military and civilians to support the freedom movement and stop propping up the socialist dictatorship…