The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is proud to highlight Florida’s Portraits in Patriotism oral history project on communism. VOC partnered with Florida’s Department of Education and the University of South Florida to produce this witness project featuring Francisco Márquez.
Francisco Márquez was born in Venezuela and spent his childhood in both Venezuela and the U.S. He studied political science and law in Venezuela and earned his MBA in the United States. After receiving his MBA, Francisco returned to Venezuela. Under the authoritarian Nicolás Maduro regime, Francisco was arrested as a political prisoner and spent time in a Venezuelan prison. Eventually, Francisco was released and is now a political rights activist.