Cuneo Gilbert & LaDuca, LLP and Dubbin & Kravetz, LLP this morning filed a federal suit against the Pan American Health Organization on behalf of the Cuban Doctors sent to Brazil under the ‘Mais Medicos’ program.


PAHO paid the Cuban doctors only a small fraction of the wages paid by the Brazilian government for the doctors’ work, violating Brazilian law, World Health Organization rules and other laws. The doctors were coerced by threats against their families in Cuba and were kept under strict surveillance and curfews at a compound in Brazil. The doctors are seeking damages under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act and the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.


This case represents a clear path to justice for the deserving and courageous doctors who are stepping out after years of silence to show how PAHO sponsored, managed, and profited from an elaborate and illegal scheme with Cuba and Brazil; it has been described as “modern day slavery”.


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