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This petition was initiated by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington. 

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Information about Alan Gross


Alan Gross in the Media

Judy and Alan Gross's family is at heart of standoff
The Washington Post
May 21, 2010

Exclusive: American held in Cuba expresses regret to Raul Castro
October 24, 2010

Op-Ed by Judy Gross
The Miami Herald
November 7, 2010

Cuba's Jewish hostage
The Washington Post
December 6, 2010

Woes pile up for family of U.S. contractor in Cuba
February 24, 2011

Jailed American awaits Cuban court decision
June 23, 2011

Cuban court rejects appeal by U.S. contractor
The Washington Post
August 5, 2011

Havana's American hostage
The Washington Post
August 12, 2011


Statements by Government Officials and Community Leaders

Leaders Speak out about Alan Gross

Congress Writes Letter to Cuban Ambassador Bolanos
Urging for the Immediate Release of Alan Gross

Statements from the White House about Alan Gross


List of Important Dates

  • December 3, 2009: Alan P. Gross (“Alan”) is arrested and incarcerated in Havana, Cuba. At the time of his arrest, Alan weighs approximately 250 lbs.
  • March 2010: Alan has lost approximately 70 lbs. since his arrest.
  • Late-July 2010: Judy Gross is allowed to visit Alan for the first time since his arrest.
  • August 2010: Alan’s then 26-year old eldest daughter is diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • October 2010: Alan has lost approximately 90 lbs. since his arrest.
  • December 3, 2010: One-year since Alan’s arrest and detention, he is still not charged with any crime.
  • February 4, 2011: Alan is charged with “actions against the independence of the territorial integrity of the State.”
  • Mid-February 2011: Alan’s 89-year old mother is diagnosed with inoperable cancer. At the same time, Alan’s eldest daughter undergoes a double-mastectomy.
  • March 4–5, 2011: Alan’s trial in Cuba takes place over the course of two days.
  • March 12, 2011: The Cuban court sentences Alan to 15 years in prison for the crime of “acts against the independence of the territorial integrity of the State.”
  • March 24, 2011: Alan’s Cuban lawyer files his appeal of the trial court’s decision and sentence with the Cuban Supreme Court.
  • June 2011: Alan has lost approximately 100 lbs. since his arrest.
  • Mid-June 2011: Judy Gross undergoes surgery for an undisclosed medical issue. 
  • July 22, 2011: Appellate oral argument is held before the Supreme Court of Cuba.
  • August 5, 2011: The Cuban Supreme Court rejects Alan’s appeal and affirms his 15-year sentence.

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