The Los Angeles-born Momeni, a graduate student at California State University-Northridge, is reportedly being held in the infamous Section 209 of Tehran’s Evin Prison, though officials have not announced any charges. Amnesty and others worries that she’s being subjected to physical torture. Her plight has been reported by international media. Friends have launched a website to demand her release. Deputy State Department spokesman Robert Wood told reporters this week that U.S. officials were seeking more information about the case. “We stand with all those in Iran who are working for universal human rights and justice in their countries,” he told reporters.