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1988

Berenson, a sophomore at MIT studying anthropology, travels to El Salvador.

1994

Berenson travels to Peru.

January 1996

Berenson is sentenced for life by a secret Peruvian military tribunal for allegedly conspiring to assist the Tupac Amaru rebel movement.

June 1998

Mark and Rhoda Berenson hold press conference to make plea for Berenson’s release. The conference coincides with President Clinton’s MIT commencement address.

July 1999

A majority of the House of Representatives signs a letter encouraging President Clinton to secure the release of Berenson.

August 2000

Peruvian military tribunal reverses Berenson’s life sentence.