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

The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC), along with our partners and allies, are making a lot of progress in Uruguay fighting the Cuban regime’s human trafficking and forced labor schemes. We have been advocating for and taking legal action…

RESUMEN En este reporte, nuestro equipo da evidencia de médicos cubanos en Uruguay. TweetShareSharePin

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…

This Captive Nations Week, America’s lawmakers and the American people need to speak up on behalf of the many persons who continue to be victims of communist regimes around the globe. Today, five communist countries, China, Cuba, Laos, North Korea,…

I came to the United States about a decade ago from Cuba, where I was a pro-democracy student activist. The work I did there was mild by American standards; with a few of my friends, I organized small gatherings and…

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…

Resumen Dr. Octavio Gómez Dantés es un Investigador del Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública de México. En este reporte, Dr. Gómez Dantés da evidencia de las misiones médicas Cubanas en México durante la Pandemia de Covid-19. TweetShareSharePin

Executive Summary The following report outlines the importation of Cuban Communist Medical Brigades into Brazil in the year 2013 as part of a Brazilian health initiative known as the “Programa Mais Médicos”. This program sought to import Cuban medical personnel…

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…