My son, Mark Issa Swidan, has been detained in Jiangmen Detention Center, Guangdong, China, since November 2012 – 7 years.on false charges– During the US China trade talks on 4/30/19 he was given the death penalty. He is currently detained in a pre-sentencing facility which is not suitable for long-term detention. What he describes in his letters regarding his life in detainment is not for the faint of heart, but I cannot ignore his words.  I must be able to see him again . He doesn't eat meat since he was made to watch stray dogs scream as they are slaughtered alive for detainee food.He only gets rice and fermented cabbage. Anything will help! I am on a fixed income. Mark pled not guilty to false charges and no witness could identify him, there is no evidence to hold him.. Based on heresay one look at his passport that  he was an American  . the Chinese police detained him for "questioning " while they arrested others at his hotel on drug charges. Because he refused to plead guilty and remove his US flag tshirt, he was beaten, for refusing to denounce the US and his Christianity he was shackled for days, tortured but still refused to concede to their demands.  my son is deteriorating both mentally and physically.  He suffers from high blood pressure, which is not being treated, there is a history of cancer in the family, and he has lost 120 lbs since his initial detention. He was made to watch stray dogs slaughtered alive for detainee food and passed out. The mental toll that this experience has had on this him and his family has been devastating. His brother, my only other child, has been diagnosed with stage four cancer since Mark has been gone. The winter is harsh in China. Mark is a photographer, architectural designer, artist and chef. He was buying flooring and fixtures for his new home in Texas. He was to be married December 2012 but detained November 2012. My son holds the tragic distinction of having his verdict delayed for the longest time among U.S. citizens in the history of China’s justice system.  He is slowly being broken by the legal limbo and the weight of daily life in the conditions in which he is forced to endure.  He has become increasingly despondent and suicidal.  I am at a loss as to what I should do to make sure my son comes home alive and not in a box.  Please show me that you consider Mark worthy of the same attention or consideration that you pay to other U.S. citizen cases in China.  “Justice delayed is justice denied.”   My son has been denied justice and I urge you to advocate on his behalf with the Chinese government, the U.S. Department of State, the White House, and whomever is necessary to help move my son’s case forward so that he can come home.  He is my son.  He is a U.S. citizen.  Don’t let my son die in a Chinese prison.  Help me bring Mark Swidan home and to see him for the last time. Marks mom in Texas Sincerely, Katherine Swidan
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Katherine Flint Swidan 
Luling, TX
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