About Hostage US

Hostage US is here to ensure that US hostages and their families get the support and guidance they need to survive the challenge of a kidnapping. We provide support free of charge and on a fully confidential basis. We are independent of any private interests so we can serve the needs of hostages and their families. We are family first – family last.

Our people have a unique range of experience – we are former hostages and their family members, we are subject matter experts, we are former diplomats and those who have worked previously on kidnap cases, we are professionals from fields such as legal, financial advisory services, health and mental health. We have a nationwide network so we can support hostages and families wherever they are, and whatever their needs.

Hostage US is not involved in operational responses to kidnappings – we do not negotiate, raise ransoms or advise on any of these options. We cannot help to bring a loved one back, but we can make a frightening and lonely experience more bearable through care, support, information and access to the very best professional services.

Families and hostages experiencing a kidnapping do not need to go through this alone. Hostage US is here for you.

Hostage US also works hard to help others learn to deliver high quality to support to families and returning hostages. We do this through our Education Program, offering a range of seminars, events and training for organizations whose staff have a risk of kidnapping.

The mission of Hostage US is threefold:

To ensure hostage families and returning hostages get the assistance they need through the direct provision of support and by helping them to access the resources available from the government and other organizations 

To increase the capacity of employers to support hostage families and returning hostages through training and education 

To improve public recognition of the plight of hostage families and returning hostages 

Learn more about Hostage US:

Watch our video About Hostage US

Read the Hostage US 2016 Annual Report


Hostage US is staffed by people who have close connections and understanding of the challenges facing hostages and their families.


Hostage US is privileged to be able to work in partnership with foundations, organizations and individuals through donated funds, time, and expertise. Through these partnerships, we are able to offer hostages and their families the very best support and professional services.


Hostage US hosts a variety of events throughout the year ranging from seminars, lectures and talks, to training events and fundraising activities.


We have compiled a list of the most common questions that families and returned hostages have throughout the experience of a kidnapping.


Read what family members and returned hostages that we have served say about the support and services they received from Hostage US.


Hostage US legal statements can be found in this sections including the privacy statement and terms of use. These documents detail how we use information gathered from the website as well as the legal terms for using this website.


Please contact us to let us know your thoughts, questions, and feedback. All information received by Hostage US is completely confidential.