Free Matt and Grace: Innocent Americans Imprisoned in Qatar.
  • Petitioning Mohammed Jaham Al Kuwari

This petition will be delivered to:

Ambassador of the State of Qatar
Mohammed Jaham Al Kuwari
U.S. Ambassador to the State of Qatar
Susan L. Ziadeh
Secretary of State
John Kerry (Secretary of State)

Free Matt and Grace: Innocent Americans Imprisoned in Qatar.

    1. Joanne Chin
    2. Petition by

      Joanne Chin

      Los Angeles, CA

My sister and her husband, Grace and Matt Huang, are an American couple from Los Angeles who are being wrongfully imprisoned by the judicial system of Qatar in the Middle East. In 2012, Matt relocated to Qatar, with his wife and their three adopted children, to work on a 2022 World Cup infrastructure project for his American engineering firm. On January 15, 2013, my 8-year-old niece, Gloria, tragically and unexpectedly died. Matt and Grace were almost immediately imprisoned by Qatari officials under suspicion of human trafficking and intentionally starving Gloria to death. My two nephews were taken into custody and forced to live in a government orphanage.

Due to a poorly done autopsy by the Qatari government, the actual cause of Gloria's death remains unknown. However, racial bias and the lack of understanding of the challenges associated with high-needs adopted children led officials to charge Matt and Grace with murdering Gloria. The prosecutor told the judge, “The adoption process consists of searching for children who are good-looking and well-behaved, and who have hereditary features that are similar to those of the parents.  But the children connected to this incident are all from Africa and most of the families there are indigent.”  They tried to convince the judge that the murder may have been done in order to harvest her organs or to conduct medical experiments on her. Needless to say, all of these claims are completely false. 

Matt and Grace truly believe in the purpose and need of adoption. They had even specifically requested placement with high-needs children, who often have difficulty finding families. In the case of each adoption, Matt and Grace utilized a respected adoption agency and obtained all the proper visas and the kids were given U.S. Passports. They also received specialized training on adoption and how to care for high-needs children. They saw living in Qatar as an opportunity for their children to have an enriching cross-cultural experience.

In court, defense witnesses testified how exceptionally Matt and Grace cared for all their children. Additionally, expert testimony explained that it was scientifically and medically impossible that Gloria died of starvation. Not one single piece of evidence was presented showing that my sister and her husband harmed Gloria in any way.

After a 9 months of tireless effort, my nephews were finally released from the orphanage and allowed to return to the U.S., under the custody of my mom. One month later, Matt and Grace were released from prison on their own recognizance, but banned from traveling outside the country.

On March 27, 2014, Matt and Grace were sentenced by the court to three years in prison despite overwhelming evidence that they are innocent of the accusations against them. Inexplicably, the court did not render a verdict of any kind; it did not declare Matt and Grace guilty or not guilty of murder or any other crimes. They remain banned from leaving the country.

The imprisonment of Matt and Grace is only half of the injustice. There are also two children, their sons, who were ripped away from their parents. By placing them in an orphanage, Qatari officials demonstrated a fundamental lack of understanding about international adoption and the needs of adopted children. Upon returning to the U.S., my nephews were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of being re-institutionalized and having their parents taken from them.

Matt and Grace are innocent, and their continued detention in Qatar is a gross violation of their basic human rights.  There is growing international support for Matt and Grace. Innocents experts like The California Innocence Project and The David House Agency are working on their behalf. Even the United Nations has called for the travel ban to be lifted.


Enough is enough. Please sign this petition for Matt and Grace to IMMEDIATELY be allowed to be reunited with their sons in the U.S. so that they can finally mourn the loss of Gloria and begin rebuilding their lives.

For more information and to donate for their freedom, please visit:

Mohammed Jaham Al Kuwari, Ambassador of the State of Qatar
Susan L. Ziadeh, U.S. Ambassador to the State of Qatar
John Kerry (Secretary of State), Secretary of State
Compel Qatar to drop this case of injustice and wrongful imprisonment against Matt and Grace Huang. Matt and Grace need to be allowed to travel back to the U.S. and re-united with their sons.

[Your name]

Recent signatures



      Joanne Chin
      Petition Organizer

      Donate TODAY:

      As we approach the time of the vigil along with the next court appeal date, will you please make a gift of financial support to Matt and Grace? If you have given previously, thank you!

      Matt and Grace desperately need your help. They have sold their home, emptied their bank accounts; their families have liquidated assets and retirement savings in order to cover the tremendous costs of this on-going legal battle and injustice to their lives. Though none of us ever imagined that Matt and Grace would still be in Qatar, separated from their family and their children, the cruel reality is they remain kidnapped by a system that has shown little interest in truth or justice.

      Your financial support is critical to helping us continue this fight of injustice. We want to bring Matt and Grace home, reunite them with their family and make them whole. Your generosity will help make this possible.

      Will you give $5.00 to SUPPORT FREEDOM? $25.00 to SUPPORT FREEDOM, $50.00 to SUPPORT FREEDOM?
      #FiveForFreedom #FreeMattAndGrace

      To make a donation:

      Whatever you can give, we greatly appreciate your generosity. And from Matt and Grace..... thank you!

    2. Candlelight Vigil for Matt & Grace - September 18

      Joanne Chin
      Petition Organizer

      The judicial system in Qatar has shown again and again throughout Matt & Grace's case that it has no interest in truth or justice. The US Government MUST step in and intervene. We need to State Department and White House to do more to bring Matt & Grace home.


      Sept 18, 8pm


      Candlelight Vigil to Support Freedom for Matt & Grace | Facebook

      Candlelight Vigil to Support Freedom for Matt & Grace | Facebook

    3. State Department asks Qatar to allow Matt and Grace to return home.

      Joanne Chin
      Petition Organizer

      I want to give you an update about Matt & Grace. Yesterday, the U.S. State Department called on Qatar to lift the travel ban forcing them to stay in the country and asked for the Qatari government’s “assistance in providing a fair and expeditious conclusion to the proceedings.”

      Read more from the New York Times:

      Their next court hearing is in October. I'll be sure to keep you updated and let you know other ways you can help.

      Thank you for your continued support,


      U.S. Seeks Couple's Release in Qatar, Creating Tensions With a Crucial Arab Ally

      The United States on Thursday called on Qatar, the tiny gulf emirate and important Arab ally, to lift a travel ban on an American couple held there for more than 19 months on a criminal prosecution over the death of their adopted African daughter, a case that critics contend is riddled with irregularities, racial prejudice and cultural misunderstandings.

    4. Video: Free Matt and Grace

      Joanne Chin
      Petition Organizer
      Matt and Grace Huang: Americans Institutionally Kidnapped in the Middle East

      For more information on how you can help Matt and Grace, visit This video has been featured on The New York Times

    5. Reached 150,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Alex Cheung ARCADIA, CA
      • about 11 hours ago

      My prayers go out to Matt and Grace and hope that they be set free.

    • Cory Rightmyre MILWAUKEE, WI
      • about 11 hours ago

      It seems justice has not been served here.

    • Christine Mainguy HOUSTON, TX
      • 1 day ago

      Human Rights are important

    • Doug Engberg KIRKLAND, WA
      • 1 day ago

      Unjust imprisonment

      • 2 days ago

      because i'm majoring in the field of Law and Politics


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