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Lawmakers meet with families of Americans detained abroad

By Erin Kelly Washington, D.C.

PUBLISHED 5:33 PM ET May 01, 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Anna Corbett’s appearance before lawmakers Tuesday marked her 11th trip to Washington on behalf of her husband Ryan, who has been wrongfully detained in Afghanistan more than 600 days.

She was part of a panel of families desperate for information about loved ones also held by the regimes in Russia, China, Iran and Syria.

“I'm exhausted,” she told lawmakers. “I'm caring for three children who are still processing the trauma of having been without Ryan when we need him the most. They've only spoken to him five times in over 20 months for mere minutes.”

Corbett told lawmakers that after their family moved out of Afghanistan when the U.S.-backed government in Kabul fell, her husband returned in August of 2022 to check on his business there.

He was taken into custody and has endured “brutal treatment” in a basement cell, she said.

Corbett, his wife and three children had been living in upstate New York, but they have family in Louisville, where Rep. Morgan McGarvey, D-Louisville, spoke about Corbett’s case in February.  

McGarvey and other Kentucky lawmakers have signed on to bipartisan resolutions calling for Corbett’s immediate release, but his wife says information from the White House has slowed to a trickle.


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