ADL Statement on the Release of Alan Gross from Cuba

New York, NY, December 17, 2014 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today welcomed the release of Alan Gross from a Cuban jail, where he was imprisoned for just over five years on charges of subversion.

Throughout the imprisonment, ADL repeatedly called on the Cuban government to release Mr. Gross on humanitarian grounds and urged international leaders to press President Raúl Castro to take action.

“We rejoice with Alan Gross’ family and friends at his release from Cuba,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “For five long years, Mr. Gross’ incarceration has been used by the Cuban government for political purposes on issues that had nothing to do with him and his alleged activities.”

Mr. Foxman added, “Over these years, Judy Gross was an indefatigable advocate for her husband, never letting the world forget about Alan, and we extend our good wishes to Mr. Gross as he rejoins his family and rebuilds his health and life.”

Mr. Gross, an American subcontractor for a U.S. Agency for International Development program, and an active member of the Jewish community in Maryland, was arrested in December 2009, found guilty of “subversion” and sentenced to 15 years in prison. Mr. Gross has denied all charges against him. Over his period in Cuban prison, his family repeatedly expressed alarm at the severe deterioration of his health.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.