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Jill Biden To Tour Cuba and the Dominican Republic About Health, Culture and Education

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Second Lady Jill Biden (Photo by: Ralph Alswang)

Jill Biden — the wife of U.S. President Joe Biden — will travel to Cuba and the Dominican Republic as part of a Pan Am cultural exchange program, the White House announced this week.

Biden will travel to Havana and Camaguey from October 6 – 9, 2016, the White House said.

She will be joined by Catherine Russell, United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, and Evan Ryan, United States Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Together, they will meet with government officials and engage with a diverse range of Cubans on topics related to culture, education, and health, the White House said in a prepared statement.

Following their travel to Cuba, Biden and Russell will travel to Santiago, Dominican Republic, from October 9 – 10, where they will engage government and civil society partners on issues related to economic empowerment and educational opportunities for women and girls.

It is widely rumored that the Bidens will be moving to St. Croix as their primary residence following their tenure in the White House as the second family to President Barack and Michelle Obama.

Joe Biden is the long-time former Democratic Senator from Wilmington, Delaware. After much soul-searching he became the first vice president in several generations not to make a run for the White House.

Although unlikely to again seek elected office, friends and aides say Biden has previously discussed starting a foundation, launching an institute at the University of Delaware or taking on a role as a special envoy and elder statesman if called upon by future presidents.

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Veep Joe Biden golfing at the Carambola Resort on St. Croix. (Photo by: Chris Hanley)

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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