Presentation Title

Aiding the Refugees: The Work of Voluntary Agencies and the Realization of the Cuban Refugee Program, 1959-1965

Advisor Information

Danielle Battisti

Location

Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library

Presentation Type

Poster

Start Date

7-3-2014 1:00 PM

End Date

7-3-2014 4:00 PM

Abstract

In my thesis, to ensure clarity and organization, I will divide the work of a group of voluntary agencies (VOLAGs) into four categories: administration, immediate relief, extended welfare concerns, and resettlement efforts. Each of these sections will show the voluntary agencies as the liaison between the governmental policies and funds and the Cuban refugees. First, VOLAGS’ unique administrative structure allowed them to provide aid to Cuban refugees in a way the government could not. This chapter also considers the government’s reliance on VOLAGs to quickly come to the aid of Cuban Refugees. By allowing the government to use their existing organizations, the relief to Cuban exiles was not slowed down or clouded as the result of bureaucratic complications. Next, “immediate relief” and “extended welfare concerns” will be discussed in a single chapter on welfare. This section considers VOLAGs direct work with Cuban refugees. This chapter will discuss the specific use of government funds for the exiles’ welfare. It will also show the networking and cooperation between VOLAGs in the Miami-Dade. The final section of my thesis will focus on the VOLAGs facilitation of Cuban refugee resettlement. This chapter will navigate the complex nationwide network of VOLAGs involved in resettlement. Without resettlement, the Miami-Dade county area would have not been able to continue supporting the masses of Cubans, and the government would have had to stop the migration of Cuban refugees in an attempt to protect the infrastructure of the area.

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Aiding the Refugees: The Work of Voluntary Agencies and the Realization of the Cuban Refugee Program, 1959-1965

Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library

In my thesis, to ensure clarity and organization, I will divide the work of a group of voluntary agencies (VOLAGs) into four categories: administration, immediate relief, extended welfare concerns, and resettlement efforts. Each of these sections will show the voluntary agencies as the liaison between the governmental policies and funds and the Cuban refugees. First, VOLAGS’ unique administrative structure allowed them to provide aid to Cuban refugees in a way the government could not. This chapter also considers the government’s reliance on VOLAGs to quickly come to the aid of Cuban Refugees. By allowing the government to use their existing organizations, the relief to Cuban exiles was not slowed down or clouded as the result of bureaucratic complications. Next, “immediate relief” and “extended welfare concerns” will be discussed in a single chapter on welfare. This section considers VOLAGs direct work with Cuban refugees. This chapter will discuss the specific use of government funds for the exiles’ welfare. It will also show the networking and cooperation between VOLAGs in the Miami-Dade. The final section of my thesis will focus on the VOLAGs facilitation of Cuban refugee resettlement. This chapter will navigate the complex nationwide network of VOLAGs involved in resettlement. Without resettlement, the Miami-Dade county area would have not been able to continue supporting the masses of Cubans, and the government would have had to stop the migration of Cuban refugees in an attempt to protect the infrastructure of the area.