Cuba is the only country in the Americas that consistently makes Freedom House’s list of the Worst of the Worst: the World’s Most Repressive Societies for widespread abuses of political rights and civil liberties. While the direction of the recent economic reforms remains unclear, Freedom House helps prepare local activists for these changes by increasing their capacity to have a voice in public matters. Freedom House has conducted in-depth public opinion surveys and supported efforts by local activists to promote freedom of expression and respond to human rights abuses.