But she may tell embargo proponents some things they don’t want to hear.
The fact that she can visit at all is remarkable considering past Cuban government restrictions on travel from the island and the fact that Sanchez has gained international fame for being critical of life under the Castro regime.
Like many dissidents, however, Sanchez also has been critical of the U.S. embargo of Cuba, which has squeezed the country’s economy and made life harder for many Cubans.
While accepting an invitation from Senator Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and Congressman Joe Garcia, D-Miami, Sanchez asked to meet with members of both political parties. The crusader for free speech and the free flow of information also asked that the meeting be open to the press.
Sanchez is looking forward to “this rare opportunity to visit the Congress in order to share her experiences as a member of Cuba’s emergent, independent civil society and her ideas about the island’s changing reality,” her representative in the United States told Nelson and Garcia.
Sanchez received a passport under Cuba's new travel and migration policy, which removed exit permits that had been required of Cubans for five decades.
Brazil was her first stop, and she plans to visit Latin America, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Peru, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
She also plans to visit Miami – the hotbed of anti-Castro protest -- on April 1, when she will speak at the Freedom Tower, owned by Miami-Dade College.
“I look forward to this meeting and her unique view of the realities of life in Cuba,” Nelson said.