On April 12, 2021, we partnered with Barry University on a panel discussion inspired by the recent visit of "Angels Unawares" to Miami.

The panelists examined the issue of family separation through the lens of Operation Pedro Pan, the airlift of Cuban children to the United States from 1960 to 1962, as well as present-day immigrant families facing separation as they attempt to enter the United States.


  • Sandra Barrueco, Ph.D., director of Catholic University's Institute for Latin American and Iberian Studies
  • Emilio Cueto, B.A. 1965, one of the thousands of minors brought to the U.S. through Operation Pedro Pan
  • Carmen Valdivia, a past president of Pedro Pan Group, Inc., and the executive director of the American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora
  • Martha Luz Vallejo, an adjunct faculty member at Barry University and the director of Traumatologists Network, Inc.

Moderator and host

This discussion was moderated by Giselle Elgaresta Rios, D.M.A., director of Barry University's Institute for Immigration Studies, and hosted by Julia G. Young, B.A. 2001, Ph.D., associate professor of history at Catholic University.

Published on: Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Campaign Theme: Academic Environment

Tags: Angels Unawares