Since its organization in 2005, the Fundacíon Rescate Juridico (FRJ) actively engaged in raising funds for
∙ legal defense funding for Cuban activists, dissidents, and political prisoners
∙ aid to victims of human rights abuses
∙ educational and administrative funding to organizations promoting democratic ideals
∙ funding to develop informational and broadcast media
∙ distribution of manifestoes providing citizen training on how to effectively oppose the Castro dictatorship and bring about change
FRJ Notable Projects:
Supported the mission of Ladies in White (Damas de Blanco) and campaigned internationally for their Nobel Peace Prize nomination. The Ladies in White is an opposition movement in Cuba founded in 2003 by wives and other female relatives of jailed dissidents. The women protest the imprisonments by attending Mass each Sunday wearing white dresses and then silently walking through the streets dressed in white clothing.
Raised more than $400,000 to help defend pro-democracy Cubans who were arrested and detained for 4 years in Panama for attempting to assist a Cuban General to defect. The FRJ additionally provided needed aid to the men's families and negotiated with the President of Panama to grant them a pardon and release them to the U.S.
Installed 100 DirectTV receivers in heavy population centers to supply free world news, sports, and educational content.
Helped organize the first large human rights assembly in Havana and brought delegates from 20 leading groups located throughout Cuba to meet together.
The FRJ continually provides desperately needed money, food, medicine, clothing, and supplies to destitute Cuban families whose livelihoods, opportunities, homes, health, and welfare have been devastated by communist rule and human rights violations.
Evidencing Cuban-American unity with their adopted country, members of the FRJ donated tens of thousands of dollars of essential supplies to victims of Hurricane Katrina and their members actively participated in relief efforts with Homeland Security.