Chapel, Main Campus
Operation Pedro Pan: The clandestine exodus of 14,048 Cuban Children
Operation Pedro Pan began in December of 1960 and ended in October of 1962, when the Cuban missile crisis terminated flights between Cuba and the U.S. It consisted of two components: the clandestine network for getting the minor children out of Cuba – Pedro Pan, and under the auspices of the Catholic Welfare Bureau of Miami the Unaccompanied Cuban Children’s Program responsible for the care of the children after they arrived in Miami.
Oscar Pichardo a local resident and a Pedro Pan child offers a historical perspective to the stark realities faced by Cuban parents in making the decision to save their children from communist indoctrination by sending them to the United States.