This past April I spoke at the 2011 International Innocence Network Conference, and brought along my dear friend, Sarah Shroud.
At the time, Sarah had been newly freed. Though released from wrongful imprisonment in Iranian, she was still without her fiance, Shane Bauer, and dear friend, Josh Fattal who remained locked up. We took this photo along with other exonerees from high profile, international cases: José Antonio Zuñiga (México), Ron Dalton (Canada) and Toshikazu Sugaya (Japan). We held our arms open, holding a place for both Shane and Josh.
On September 21st, the Hikers were freed. It was a beautiful moment to see their families reunited after almost two years of wrongful detainment.
This past weekend, I was able to attend a celebration for the families and friends of Sarah, Shane and Josh. Here we are, with our arms around them - just as we had imagined months prior.
Welcome home, guys.