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Trapped in Bolivian Prison

Trapped in Bolivian Prison

Jacob Ostreicher suffers the fallout of a broken justice system. You can help.


UPDATE: In December 2013, Jacob Ostreicher was released from Bolivian prison.

Occasionally you hear a story so outrageous, so contrary to normative standards of freedom, that it almost defies belief.

Jacob Ostreicher is a 53-year-old New Yorker who went to Bolivia in South America to manage a rice factory. One of the factory owners was investigated on criminal charges, and the next thing Jacob knew, he was thrown into prison.

Not just any prison, but the notorious Palmasola prison, where rapists and murderers run the prison – and anyone not toeing the line becomes subject to their whims.

Even more scandalous is that no charges have been filed against Ostreicher. His family believes that the Bolivian government singled him out as an American and is essentially holding him ransom for a large sum of money.

See more info at this CNN article, and at

You can help your brother. Sign the petition asking the White House to directly intervene to secure Ostreicher’s freedom.


May 26, 2012

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Visitor Comments: 27

(26) Ser, June 9, 2012 9:33 PM


That is wrong, you must send all the petitions to the Evo Morales twitter @evomorales . Yes, send a twit to the President of Bolivia directly. Obama is 0 of the left to Evo. Really, if thousands of twits press him. Evo must feel a community is back Jacob If you true want to help Jacob send a twit and tell your friends that do it day and night until he see the public protest of an injustice

(25) rivka, June 5, 2012 3:18 AM

"under maintenance"

I get the same error message...can't sign..what to do?

(24) Anonymous, June 1, 2012 4:14 AM

This is a very terrible situation and must be called to the attention of the US govt. Unfortunately, Mr. Ostreicher is not the only one in this kind of situation. Allan Gross, a native of the DC area and US govt humanitarian aid worker, is in prison in Cuba and has been for over 2 years. It is our duty to expose these injustices to the world and help however we can. These men need all the help that they can get.

(23) Varda Eisikovich, May 30, 2012 10:38 AM

Having we Jews suffered enough?

The story brought me to tears, what else can I do?

(22) Jorge Pustilnik, May 30, 2012 4:06 AM

Jacob's life is on risk. Jacob needs urgently a rescue.

Bolivian government is, as usualy, an enemy of the USA and a vulgar antisemit and antiisraeli system.

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