Mark Trees, one of the 3 students who returned from Brazil yesterday, shared this thank-you to everyone who spoke out and otherwise supported their efforts to leave the country after being arrested for sediment sampling without the required permits.
As one of the aforementioned students, I would like to add my and my family's sincere gratitude to everyone who took part in the call to our defense and our safe return home. Knowing that we had so many folks following the progress of our case proved helpful at times when we still did not know what the future had in store for us while we were held in Brazil. Now that all of us are home safely, we can focus on reconnecting with family, friends and colleagues, and
look forward to a resolution in the Brazilian legal system. We can only hope
for a quick decision in our favor and to get this ordeal behind us for good.