News from Lori's Parents

6 May 2009

In this update:

Lori Has Baby Boy

Despite the odds she faced owing to compromised health after 13.5 years of incarceration in harsh Peruvian prison environments, Lori gave birth Wednesday morning May 6th in Lima. Salvador Anesporí Apari Berenson was delivered via Caesarian-section due to Lori's precarious back condition that will require delicate spinal surgery to prevent permanent nerve damage. Surgery will be scheduled after she recovers from childbirth.

Salvador's father, Aníbal Apari Sanchez is a lawyer in Lima. Lori and Aníbal were married in October 2003.

Salvador will enjoy dual US and Peruvian citizenship. Peruvian law permits a child to be raised in a prison by the mother until age three. Lori is eligible for conditional liberty (parole) in November 2010, when Salvador will be 18 months old.

Although the prison cell is small and stark, Lori and Salvador have everything they need. Lori would very much welcome your kind thoughts in cards or letters, but asks – PLEASE, NO GIFTS she simply has no room.

Former Perú President Fujimori Found Guilty of Crimes Against Humanity

Last month, former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, the man who arrested and used Lori for his own political gains, was convicted of crimes against humanity and given a 25-year sentence. Isn’t it ironic that a man who was convicted for at least 25 murders and two kidnappings was sentenced to 25 years when Lori was found guilty of minor involvement with a subversive group and acquitted of charges relating to militancy or violence and was given a 20-year sentence?

Call to Action

Urge President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton to Free Lori

Now that Salvador has arrived, Lori's next hurdle will be delicate back surgery. There is extreme concern over the prospects for Lori having successful spinal surgery in Perú when post-surgical rehabilitation and physical therapy are so limited in the confines of stark prison facilities.

President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton must be reminded of Lori's situation. Surely, in the interests of fairness and justice, the Obama administration must urge Peruvian President Alan Garcia to commute Lori's sentence on humanitarian grounds for medical reasons and return her and her baby to the U.S.A.

The White House “Hot-line is 202-456-1111 or the White House fax number is 202-456-2461. The brief message should be: Enough is enough, President Obama should do all he can to bring Lori Berenson and her baby boy Salvador home.”

A similar short note can be sent to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton by mail (address: Department of State, 2201 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20510).

- Rhoda and Mark Berenson