Elian Gonzalez Case
Elizabeth Brotons, her boyfriend and son,
Elian Gonzalez, 5, set sail in a 19-foot boat
with 11 others from Cardenas, Cuba, at
4:30 a.m. Nov. 21, 1999. The boat sank on
the way to freedom in the U.S. and all but
three drowned. Young Elian, the only child
on board, survived. He clung to an inner
tube for two days until rescued.

Elian was rescued on Thanksgiving Day by
two fishermen near Fort Lauderdale, Fla.


     Elian was released from the hospital to
     his great-uncle, Lazaro Gonzalez and
     his cousin, Marisleysis Gonzalez, who
     took him to their home in Miami.
    Elian and his cousin, Marisleysis,
    21, at Disney World on Dec. 13,

     U.S. Representatives Lincoln
     Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros
     -Lehtinen visit Elian in Miami.

Delfín González created a memorial to his nephew Elian at the Miami home at 2319 NW Second St. 

The Elian Gonzalez Case: The World's Most Watched and Politically-Charged Custody Battle that Reached the U.S. Supreme Court and Determined a Presidential Election, Harvard Latino Law Review, Vol. 18, Spring 2015, pp. 501-549.

Elian Gonzalez in Miami
INS Raid on the Gonzalez Home
Protests in Miami Following the Elian Gonzalez Seizure
Cartoons Protesting the Seizure of Elian
Elian Becomes Castro's Political Trophy

Guidelines for Children's Asylum Claims, U.S. Dept. of Justice, INS

Elian Gonzalez seized in Miami, April 22, 2000, MSNBC News, Part 1 (2 hours)
Elian Gonzalez seized in Miami, April 22, 2000, MSNBC News, Part 2 (2 hours)
Elian Gonzalez seized in Miami, April 22, 2000, MSNBC News, Part 3 (2 hours)

54 inmates removed from jail where hostages held (Topeka Capital-Journal, December 19, 1999)
54 Inmates Leave as Jail Standoff Continues  (New York Times, December 19, 1999)
Deal with hostage-takers allows them to return to Cuba (CNN, December 19, 1999)
In Rare Deal, U.S. and Cuba Halt Standoff (New York Times, December 20, 1999)
Jail Crisis ends  (Miami Herald, December 20, 1999)
Cuban Inmates Headed Home (CBS News, December 20, 1999)
6 Cubans Are Deported In Wake of Jail Standoff (New York Times, December 21, 1999)
Inmate still being held got safe-passage pledge (Miami Herald, December 24, 1999)
Hostage-case prisoner gets 55 years (Miami Herald, January 7, 2000)
Is Little Elian Just a Pawn in an International Business Scheme? (Orlando Sentinel, April 23, 2000)
Secret deal made to hand over Elian? (World Net Daily, May 5, 2000)
Baton Rouge Police Officer was Convicted (Baton Rouge Advocate, Oct. 1, 2000)

National Council of Churches (Official web page)
Church Council disclaims Sandinistas anti-religious
Controversy surrounds national church alliance
Mediating churchman used to controversy
NCC Continues Its Pastoral Support of Elian's Grandmothers
Navy Protest Intensifies
Exhorta al Gobierno el Consejo Nacional de Iglesias a Restablecer Relaciones Diplomáticas con Cuba Roja
U.S.-Cuba ties renewal urged by church group
U.S. National Council of Churches delegation arrives in Cuba

The Elian Gonzalez Case (NewsHour Focus)
The Elian Gonzalez Case (The Washington Post)



Articles After Elian's Seizure