Mrs. Judy Gross, the wife of Alan Gross, spoke at a vigil in front of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, DC. Mr. Gross was arrested in Cuba in December 2009 after being caught illegally bringing communications equipment onto the island. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison for crimes against the state.
Former US Diplomat and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson visited Cuba in early September, telling reporters he had been invited to the island to negotiate Gross' release. Cuban officials refused his efforts, and he had to go home without meeting officials nor even seeing Alan Gross.