Spring, 2023 • Washington, DC View Sponsorship Opportunities Hostage US responds to over 80 inquiries a year from families seeking support as their loved one is being held captive abroad. When captives return home after months or years of captivity, we help them to rebuild their lives. Hostage US provides emotional support and pro bono professional legal assistance, financial advice, … Read More
Download a PDF of this guide here. There are several people, organizations, government agencies, and nonprofits that might be involved in response or engagement when an American is taken hostage or detained overseas. While Hostage US is completely non-operational and we cannot assist in any response efforts of a hostage situation (i.e., advise on response strategy or be involved in … Read More
Thursday, April 28 In-person and virtual Thank you for your interest in our 2022 Annual Reception, and thank you to all the sponsors who support the work we do. View or download a PDF of the program here.
Dealing with the practical challenges of a hostage taking or wrongful detention, including financial issues, managing social media and communications, can add to an already stressful situation for families. Often, families experience financial problems because of the kidnapping or wrongful detention. Your family may be impacted by the loss of your loved one’s income and your ability to earn an … Read More
You do not need to go through this alone – Hostage US is here to help you and offer support that is tailored to your needs – confidential and free of charge. You will have a dedicated Hostage US supporter by your side every step of the way. Through our support program, we can: Talk about your experience and what … Read More
ASIS International What Security Managers Need to Know When an Employee is Taken Hostage Despite a robust travel risk mitigation program, an employee is taken hostage. What’s next? Many organizations have plans to get a hostage home. But most have not thought through how they will support that employee’s family during the crisis or what will happen once the hostage is released. Why does it matter to … Read More
Hostage US Article, July 2021 Hostage Shaming By Winnie Lee Shame is one of the most painful, toxic, and self-destructive emotions a person can have. It involves feelings of guilt, regret, embarrassment, or sadness surrounding the belief that you have done something wrong. Jessica Buchanan, who was held in Somalia for 93 days, says that “shame is probably the number … Read More
View the interactive Hostage US 2020 Annual Report by clicking the thumbnail below. On mobile devices, please view a PDF of the report here 2020 Annual Report.
The coronavirus pandemic and the impact on former hostages and families of hostages Personal stories of captivity Returning home and the support needed for former hostages
“There’s no reason that duty of care should not extend to freelancers,” says Sharbil Nammour, head of Global Security at Vice.
Freed From Imprisonment in North Korea, but Not From Doubt and Despair By Amy Harmon, May 10, 2018
Lincoln Journal Star: Marcel Pika Released from Congolese Prison By Peter Salter, Lincoln Journal Star January 8, 2018 He woke Christmas morning in Omaha to a half-dozen missed calls and messages — from his mother in the Republic of Congo, from a man who knew what went on where his father was imprisoned. Percy Pika had grown to fear … Read More