Amir is an Iranian-American detained in Iran while visiting his grandmother. Falsely accused of being a spy, he was detained in August of 2011, held in solitary confinement for months and hidden by the walls of Iran’s Evin prison. He was sentenced to death in January of 2012, the first American to receive the death penalty in Iran in over 33 years. His death sentence was overturned by a higher court in March 2012 based on insufficient evidence, and a new trial ordered. Amir languished behind the walls of Evin prison, his fate looming over his head. In April of 2014, it was discovered that Amir was tried and sentenced to ten years in a secret, closed-door proceeding - a proceeding in December 2013 that Amir and his attorney were not informed of and were not given the opportunity attend.
Amir's father, battling brain cancer, recently suffered a stroke that has left him hospitalized. His father fears he will never hold Amir in his arms again.