Last updated on: 9/9/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Mauricio Claver-Carone, LLM Biography

Title:
Director of Cuba Democracy Advocates
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the United States Maintain Its Embargo against Cuba?"
Reasoning:

“Just as the U.S. Congress focused sanctions on Iran’s petroleum-refining capability, which is that country’s foremost source of income, the United States has sanctions against tourism transactions in Cuba to prevent an exponential increase in funds directly to Castro regime’s repressive machinery…

Current U.S. policy toward Cuba has not failed. In order to label a policy as a failure, there needs to be evidence of the success, or likely success, of alternatives.

The fact is that decades of Canadian and European tourism to Cuba — with over three million visitors per year — has not eased the Castro regime’s repression, improved its respect for basic human rights or helped Cuba’s civil society gain any democratic space. To the contrary, it has increased repression and stabilized Castro’s regime…

For Cubans, the consequence of lifting restrictions on U.S. tourism is more repression; for the United States, it’s having financed that repression.”

“Stick to the Facts on the Cuba Travel Ban,” thehill.com, May 18, 2016

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director, Cuba Democracy Advocates
  • Editor, Capitol Hill Cubans blog
  • Host, From Washington al Mundo, Sirius XM Channel 153
  • Member, Board of Directors, US-Cuba Democracy PAC
  • Former Attorney-Advisor, US Department of the Treasury
  • Former Clinical Assistant Professor, Catholic University of America’s School of Law
  • Former Adjunct Professor, National Law Center, George Washington University
Education:
  • LLM, International and Comparative Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • JD, Catholic University of America
  • BA, Rollins College
Other:
  • Has presented Congressional testimony before the Committees on Foreign Affairs, the Judiciary, and Natural Resources of the US House of Representatives
  • Named one of 20 entrepreneurs, executives, leaders and artists under 40 who are shaping the future of the US and the world by Poder magazine
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should the United States Maintain Its Embargo against Cuba?