October 27, 2011 13:20 Age: 2 yrs

Statement On the Release of Ilan Grapel, Emory Law Class of 2012

Emory University has received confirmation that third-year law student Ilan Grapel has been released from detention in Egypt and is returning home to his family in New York.

Since Ilan’s arrest on June 12, the University has remained in close contact with his family, and worked with them, with members of Congress, and with the U.S. Department of State, to ensure his safe treatment and facilitate his release.

“The Emory University community is grateful for the release of our student, colleague and friend, Ilan Grapel,” said Emory University President Jim Wagner. “We are thankful to the U.S. Department of State, as well as to the many attorneys and advisors, government officials and University staff who worked tirelessly to help secure his release.”

Ilan traveled to Egypt to complete an internship with St. Andrew’s Refugee Services, an organization dedicated to creating “a safe, holistic place for the isolated and vulnerable refugee communities in Egypt to come together for empowerment, education, community development, and social services.”

“Ilan is an active member of the Emory Law community,” said Emory Law Interim Dean Robert Schapiro. “We are of course overjoyed by his release.  We wish him and his family the very best as they reunite and have time together after these trying months apart. Emory Law’s students, faculty and staff look forward to welcoming Ilan back to campus.”

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