Ibrahim was born to a Muslim father but raised as an Orthodox Christian, and married a Christian man. She was convicted of apostasy and adultery. Under Shari’a law in Sudan, the marriage of a Muslim woman to a non-Muslim is considered adultery. The charge of apostasy was added when the court learned that Ibrahim was raised as a Christian. In 2014, she was sentenced to death and one hundred lashes. Her conviction was later overturned and she was released in July 2014. Arrested while trying to leave Sudan, she took refuge at the US Embassy and was granted asylum in the US in 2014.