Rep. Mia Love calls for release of Josh Holt from Venezuela jail

Aug 29, 2016
In The News

Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah) is joining the fight to get a Utah man released from a Venezuela jail.

Josh Holt, 24, has been behind bars in Venezuela nearly two months after he and his new wife were arrested on charges of weapons possession and accused of being spies.

Love called Monday for Holt to be released and for the U.S. State Department to work harder to make that happen.

“The government is moving too slowly,” Love said.

She said she wrote a letter to the State Department July 22 about Josh Holt’s case. She said they just responded this week.

“This could be their family, and they should be moving a lot faster than they are,” Love said.

Meanwhile, Laurie Holt -- Josh Holt’s mother –- is waiting nervously for Sept. 15, the day her son is due before a judge.

“We aren't living life right now,” Laurie Holt said. “Everything that we do is towards getting Josh home.”

Her son is sick, according to Laurie Holt, and doesn’t have access to quality medical care in jail.

Love said she wants to put Venezuela on notice as that court date approaches.

“We're going to do everything we can to let them know that we've got our eyes on them,” she said.

Laurie Holt said she's happy to have someone as prominent as Love to fight alongside her, even if the outcome for her son remains a mystery.

“I can't even tell you how bad that I want him home,” she said. “I won't stop fighting until he's home.”

The Holt family said this ordeal has taken a toll on them, including financially. To donate to their efforts, visit