I am in awe of Drs. Kamiar and Arash Alaei's strength, courage and commitment in continuing their critical global HIV/AIDS work after enduring imprisonment for their important work. Now we must also recognize the work of Masoud Shafii, the lawyer who got them -- and hikers Josh, Shane and Sarah -- their freedom from Iran's oppressive regime.
I felt a kinship with lawyer Masoud Shafii because I can sense he is driven by the same conviction I am when fighting for Iranian hostages to be free. To punish him, the Iranian regime has confiscated his passport. He cannot travel freely and is prohibited him from practicing law. The time has come for us to speak out and tell the Iranian regime that we will not stand by while they commit injustices to this courageous defender of justice.