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WSHC+B attorney Candice Balmori, Secretary and Board Member of the Cuban American Bar Association (CABA), was recently featured in the Miami Herald after helping to coordinate a campaign in Miami advocating for the release of women political prisoners in Cuba. Organized by CABA in collaboration with the U.S. State Department, and including the Ambassador for the U.S., Mission to the Organization of American States, the event urged Cuban authorities to release nearly 1,000 political prisoners on the island. Participants at the event discussed the particularly difficult plight of female political prisoners, noting their significant role in protests and the opposition movement, as well as their heightened vulnerability to gender violence. 

There are approximately 110 women political prisoners in Cuba, who were detained following mass anti-government peaceful protests and demonstrations on July 11, 2021. Many are mothers or primary caregivers for their families. The Cuban American Bar Association is representing 52 individuals (8 of whom are women) who were imprisoned during the July 11 protests, enduring harsh conditions and denied due process. CABA has filed a petition on behalf of the prisoners to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, an organization within the Organization of American States.

Candice counsels municipalities on a broad array of matters impacting local governments. As the daughter and granddaughter of Cuban political exiles, Candice has a unique appreciation for the critical nexus between democratic institutions and community engagement. Candice has served on the Board of Directors for the Cuban American Bar Association for the last five years. Along with several other attorneys, Candice has also volunteered her time to represent 52 political prisoners (8 of whom are women) in the filing of a petition on CABA’s behalf, which is currently pending before the InterAmerican Commission for Human Rights.

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