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For Immediate Release:
August 18, 2014
Media Contact:
Manuel Orbis Jr.
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Join Alicia Garcia to commemorate 20th anniversary of 1994 Cuban Exodus


(MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FL) – Miami-Dade County Commission Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa, along with Commissioner Esteban Bovo Jr., the Miami-Dade County Commission and the City of Hialeah, will join Alicia Garcia, President of Fundacion Exodo 1994, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Cuban Exodus on Wednesday, Aug. 20 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Amelia Earhart Park, 401 E 65th St., Hialeah, FL 33013.

The event – which will kick off a series of commemorations around the County – will celebrate the fallen, the survivors and those who lent a helping hand in saving thousands of lives in search of freedom.

“I’m honored to take part in this event to keep alive the memories of all those who fled Cuba on makeshift rafts in pursuit of freedom and a better way of life,” Chairwoman Sosa said. “By honoring their lives, we also help keep a spotlight on the need to restore democracy and human rights in Cuba.”

Fundacion Exodo 1994, the event’s organizer, was created to provide help to Cuban rafters and raise awareness about the Cuban government’s ongoing human rights abuses.

“The oppression and abuse of the Castro dictatorship left many people without any option except to risk their lives at sea,” Commissioner Bovo said. “I commend Fundacion Exodo 1994 for sharing the stories of their quest for freedom.”

In 1994, about 35,000 rafters left Cuba for the United States. The large influx of refugees led to the establishment of the U.S. government’s “wet foot, dry foot” policy.

For more information, please contact Alicia Garcia at 305-354-0982.

Who:
Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa
Commissioner Esteban Bovo Jr.
Miami-Dade County Commission
City of Hialeah
Alicia Garcia, President of Fundacion Exodo 1994
What:
Commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Cuban Exodus
When:
August 20, 2014, 10:30 a.m.
Where:
Amelia Earhart Park, 401 E 65th St., Hialeah, FL 33013.