Dr. Basit, 33, was born in Egypt, and is married with two children that he has not seen in 2 years.

Throughout his life, he pursed a career in academia until his safety was at risk. Basit was forced to leave Egypt, and In 2016, he was unjustly sentenced to death in absentia in a military trial.

Basit took refuge in the US and applied for political asylum. On April, 5th, 2018 he was arrested by ICE agents outside his home.