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John Gronbeck-Tedesco Publishes Operation Pedro Pan

Congratulations to John Gronbeck-Tedesco  (American Studies) whose new book Operation Pedro Pan: The Migration of Unaccompanied Children from Castro’s Cuba (Potomac Books) was published in August 2022.

Operation Pedro Pan explores the extraordinary undertaking by the Miami Catholic Diocese, federal and state offices, child welfare agencies, and anti-Castro Cubans to bring more than fourteen thousand unaccompanied children to the United States during the Cold War. Operation Pedro Pan was the colloquial name for the Unaccompanied Cuban Children’s Program, which began under government largesse in February 1961. Children without immediate family support in the United States—some 8,300 minors—received group and foster care through the Catholic Welfare Bureau and other religious, governmental, and nongovernmental organizations as young people were dispersed throughout the country.

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