The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign
Oscar Lopez Rivera's sister is very ill. Faxing the enclosed letter asking for
furlough so that Oscar can travel to P.R. to see his sister. If there are more
family members in the home please have them sign also.
May 17, 2010 URGENT
Harley G. Lappin Via facsimile 202/514-6878
Director, Federal Bureau of Prisons
320 First St., NW,
Washington, DC 20534
re: emergency furlough
Oscar L¨®pez Rivera, 87651-024
FCI Terre Haute
Dear Director Lappin:
We write to ask that you allow Oscar L¨®pez Rivera an emergency furlough, to travel
to the bedside of his sister, Clara L¨®pez Rivera, who is in the intensive care unit at
Hospital Buen Samaritano in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. At age 73, she has just suffered two heart
attacks, which is significant given that she underwent open heart surgery in 2007, and given that she
has diabetes. She is in a very delicate state.
Mrs. L¨®pez has been a formative force in his life. The two siblings were the first
of the family to migrate to the United States, when she was the oldest, and he was the
baby. It has been her wish to live long enough to enjoy life with her little brother upon his release
from prison. Since his release date is 2023, and since her health is precarious, this furlough may be
the last time she will get to see her brother. The family, which is very close, and has managed,
beyond all odds, to maintain very close relations with Mr. L¨®pez throughout his 29 years in U.S.
custody, is prepared to pay for his travel as well as the expenses for staff who would accompany him.
We strongly urge you to extend to this family the humanitarian gesture of allowing Mr.
L¨®pez to see attend to his sister¡¯s hospital bedside. Time is of the essence.
Very truly yours,