Now, the households of the CITGO 6 — Tomeu Vadell, Gustavo Cardenas, Jorge Toledo, Alirio Jose Zambrano, Jose Luis Zambrano and Jose Angel Pereira — are getting ready to spend one other Thanksgiving with out their family members.

They usually’re desperately hoping that because the US prepares to alter presidents, the CITGO 6 stay a precedence for the incoming Biden administration.

“No matter political get together, we count on continued dedication from all ranges of the US authorities to exhaust each effort to deliver American hostages residence, like my father Tomeu,” mentioned Cristina Vadell.

“We actually just do hope that President Biden actually does preserve our household in his coronary heart, that Vice President Harris retains our household of their hearts,” mentioned Gabriela Zambrano Hill, the daughter of Alirio Jose and niece of Jose Luis.


“Figuring out that we’re including one more yr notch on the wall is de facto troublesome for my complete household,” Hill informed CNN. Thanksgiving is one other missed occasion for her father and uncle. They’ve but to satisfy her first little one.

So too is the case for Tomeu Vadell, whose daughter Veronica Vadell Weggeman had her first little one this yr. He’s named in honor of the grandfather he has but to satisfy. She informed CNN that she could not consider one other yr had handed, and that her household is “heartbroken that this situation hasn’t been resolved.”

Carlos Añez, Toledo’s stepson, informed CNN that his stepfather has “been actually homesick recently, continually telling us how a lot he misses us.”

“I am unable to depend what number of instances I’ve dreamed of embracing him as we choose him up on the airport, and what number of nightmares I’ve had of worse issues taking place to him and to us,” he mentioned.

“Three years of his life have gone to waste unnecessarily, and the household has suffered emotionally this complete time,” Añez mentioned.

Jorge Toledo is seen in this undated photo.
Though there was some motion on their case, efforts to safe the lads’s launch have been unsuccessful. The Trump administration severed ties with embattled Venezuelan chief Nicolas Maduro and the US doesn’t have a diplomatic presence on the bottom. Two of the lads — Cárdenas and Toledo — had been launched on home arrest in July after a humanitarian go to to Caracas by former New Mexico Gov. Invoice Richardson and a workforce of non-government negotiators.

The lads started having weekly trial hearings in August after greater than two years of detention. Hill referred to as the hearings “farcical” and expressed concern in regards to the males’s potential publicity to Covid-19. Añez mentioned he hoped that the listening to would attain a “favorable and proper decision” at its finish.

“We’re involved with the welfare and security of those wrongfully detained U.S. residents in Venezuela,” a State Division spokesperson mentioned. “These 5 US residents and one lawful everlasting resident have suffered lengthy sufficient and should be reunited with their households. We’ll proceed to tirelessly push for his or her unconditional launch.”