Key Senators Demand Blinken Take Stand Against Slave Running Of Cuban Doctors

  • Sens. Marco Rubio (FL) and Bob Menendez (NJ), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent a letter on Friday to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, asking him to “significantly expand U.S. diplomatic efforts to end the cruel exploitation of approximately 50,000 Cuban medical professionals.”
  • The senators’ concerns were sent after Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia announced their intention to continue their participation in Cuba’s international medical missions program.
  • Those three countries made the announcement “despite the substantial body of evidence documenting the harms” of Cuba’s medical leasing program, which has been referred to as “a form of human trafficking and modern-day slavery” by the U.S. Department of State’s annual Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) and annual Human Rights Report, the letter notes.

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