American Steve Kim, a furniture importer from Huntington, N.Y., has been in prison in China since September 2003.
Steve Kim was sentenced to five years for smuggling aliens. Mr. Kim, who is of Korean ancestry and is a Christian, became aware of the plight of the refugees during business trips to China. He funded two safe houses and paid for refugees' passage on the underground railroad.
Beijing refuses to grant him parole, saying foreigners are not eligible. His wife and three children have passed their fourth Christmas without him.