Rafael Teran Perez

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My Son Devon Rafael Teran showed me this registry this morning. I was very intrigued since I did not consider myself to technically be a Pedro Pan Refugee since I came to Miami to live with an older ...

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Rafael: te puedes asomar a www.CampMatecumbeVeterans.com, un website/newsletter para todos los pedropanes para que veas los nombres ordenados alfabéticamente.

Message by Manuel A. Gutiérrez | Nov 28th 2011

Hi Rafael, My father, Jorge Guarch, better known as "George", worked for the Catholic Welfare Bureau receiving the children at the airport in Miami. If you would like a copy of the page listing your name in the "airport log", email me at pardoarch@comcast.net and I will be happy to send you a copy.

Message by Lynn Guarch-Pardo | Oct 31st 2011

Welcome to our network, Ralph! The great majority of us share your feelings of admiration for our parents' and caregivers' courage and love and the gift of living in freedom. May you enjoy the journey as you read the Pedro Pan stories.

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Oct 31st 2011

And...if you click on the "Stories" link on the red bar above, you'll see one story after another, written by the Pedro Pan himself/herself. And...same if you click on the link "Photos." You'll see all the posted photos. Wow! What an informational day this has been!

Message by Eloísa Echazábal | Oct 27th 2011

Ralph: Thanks for your warm words. Please, visit at your leisure the Operation Pedro Pan Group's Facebook page at http://www.Facebook.com/OPPGI. This page has been set up to educate the public about our individual and collective experiences. Thanks once again. Best wishes!

Message by Jose Antonio Amaro Reyes | Oct 27th 2011

Hello Rafael! Let me add a little bit more to José Antonio's definition. A Pedro Pan could have traveled with a student or tourist visa. As a matter of fact, those who came prior to Jan. 3, 1961, when the U.S. and Cuba broke diplomatic relations, traveled with student or tourist visas. What make them Pedro Pan is that they traveled alone without their parents. To add more details to the definition, there are a small number--I only know one personally--who traveled with one parent, but the parent was not able to care for them, so Father Walsh accepted the minor into the program. I'm very happy that you registered and posted your photo and story on this Network. Welcome!

Message by Eloísa Echazábal | Oct 27th 2011

Estimado Ralph: Welcome to the Pedro Pan Network! It is a common misconception that the Pedro Pans are only those children who were cared by the Catholic Welfare Bureau, (CWB) (known today as Catholic Charities), under its Unaccompanied Cuban Children's Program. Rather, the Operation Pedro Pan Program was a visa program, called blanket visas or visa waivers, administered by the Catholic Welfare Bureau of the the Diocese of Miami in conjunction with the US Department of State. Therefore, all the Cuban children who entered the United States with such visas between January 1961 and October 1962 are Pedro Pans, regardless of who cared for them upon their arrival. Although the majority of Pedro Pans were Catholics, 700 were Protestants and 500 were Jews. In the absence of relatives and/or family friends to look after them, these latter two groups were cared for by Protestant churches and Jewish agencies. By the way you're not alone in your misunderstanding. There are probably hundreds, if not thousands, of former Pedro Pan children throughout the United States who up to this day do not know they are Pedro Pans by virtue of the fact that, -as in your case-, they don't consider themselves to be so because they were never under the care of the CWB or any other religious or lay institution or alternatively because of their lack of acquaintance with the term Pedro Pan itself. Hopefully, someone will bring it to their attention and encourage them to register with the Miami Herald's Operation Pedro Pan Network. Warm regards.

Message by Jose Antonio Amaro Reyes | Oct 27th 2011

Rafael has uploaded new photos.

Status update | Oct 27th 2011

Rafael has updated their profile.

Status update | Oct 27th 2011

Rafael has joined the Pedro Pan Network. Please welcome them!

Status update | Oct 27th 2011

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