Chen Guangcheng

  • Self-taught lawyer, blinded by fever in infancy
  • Jailed in 2006 after exposing forced abortions, sterilizations in China
  • Was under house arrest since his release from prison in September, 2010
  • Escaped his heavily-guarded home on April 22, 2012
  • Stayed at U.S. embassy in Beijing for six days
  • Agreed to leave embassy, remain in China, but quickly changed his mind
  • Voiced concern for family safety to U.S. Congressional hearings twice by telephone in May