The Fund for Reconciliation & Development
Celebrates its 30th year in 2015
FFRD has been on the front lines of building human connections between the people of the US and those of former adversaries. Its work began with Vietnam when the founder arrived in Hanoi on April 30, 1975, the day the war ended, on behalf of the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker peace organization.
The FFRD is a catalyst
For healing US relations with countries that have been considered enemies and dealing with the consequences of war.
We were founded in 1985
To end US embargoes and to restore diplomatic, economic, and cultural relations with Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. We have have the same goals today with Cuba, starting with regaining the right to travel for all Americans.
Our primary focus
Is to seek the best ways to develop mutual understanding and trust such as travel and educational and cultural exchange, as well as assistance from non-governmental organizations, foundations and business. We engage on all sides of conflicts with policy makers and influencers as well as with the media, using direct experience on the ground to advocate for context shaping political change.
Learn more about traveling to Cuba, and the rights you have as an American.
1: Traveling to Cuba
US citizens and residents can legally visit Cuba through twelve categories of general licenses that no longer require applications or reports to the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). The most broadly accessible channel is People-to-People, which is currently restricted to groups. Under current US regulations only Cuban Americans are truly free to undertake an independent self-directed visit .
Most US travelers use regularly scheduled charter flights from Florida airports and New York City. Americans can also use non-US airlines from third countries. Schedules can be found on Google Flights and other booking engines.There is no searchable flight database that includes charters yet, but this list can help.
It is very hard to find places in good hotels except through groups. However there are thousands of comfortable rooms available in private homes (casas particulares) at significantly lower cost. They can be found through Trip Adviser, Airbnb and similar online services.
Most charters do not require proof that travelers qualify for the general license category they claim. No one has been punished for unauthorized travel since the last year of the Bush Administration.
2: The easiest way? Cuba Cruise
The most convenient & least costly way for most Americans to travel to Cuba today is on a fully inclusive one week cruise departing from Montego Bay or Havana. This three year old program visits four ports in distinctive regions of Cuba: Santiago de Cuba and Maria La Gorda at the east and west ends of the island, plus Havana and Cienfuegos on the north and south coasts. View the full itinerary here.
Cuba Cruise in collaboration with FFRD provides immersive people-to-people experiences on board and on land that satisfy OFAC license requirements. You'll learn about Cuba's culture, history and evolving society, and exchange stories with people from varied walks of life and generations. Learn more here.
3: Make your Plans a Reality
Executive Director & Founder
John McAuliff has been an active participant in the civil rights, peace and equitable development movements in the United States since the 1960s. In 1985 he founded the Fund for Reconciliation and Development. McAuliff has traveled to Southeast Asia over fifty times, is recognized as an expert on the history of US-Indochina relations and maintains strong contact with key people in the region and in Washington. His current program work is largely focused on achieving normalization with Cuba.
Our past work in Indochina and beyond.