Authorized by Pres. Obama last year as a way to boost Americans’ engagement with everyday Cubans despite a five-decade U.S. trade embargo, “people-to-people” programs to the communist island have been put on hold.

According to a recent column┬áby Detroit Free Press travel writer Ellen Creager, almost no organizations with previous people-to-people licenses from the U.S. Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) have received renewals. Advertised trips have been scrapped, she writes, and organizations “are left to wait without any updates or information.”

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