Americans for Informed Democracy, a student organization that seeks to improve the global consciousness of young Americans, has released the following statement in support of Kian and Haleh:
Everyone at Americans for Informed Democracy is deeply troubled and saddened by the detainment of Kian Tajbakhsh and Haleh Esfandiari. We greatly respect the work of both of these scholars and are thankful for their efforts to help build a more tolerant, peaceful world. To see these scholars detained without explanation or justification is deeply disappointing to all of us who are hopeful for better relations in the long-run between the U.S. and Iran. Americans for Informed Democracy requests the Iranian government to immediately release Kian Tajbakhsh and Haleh Esfandiari.