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Best Practices in Employee Support During and After a Hostage Situation

October 22, 2019

$240.00 – $600.00

Do you have employees working abroad at risk of being illegally detained by foreign government or taken hostage by gangs or terrorist organizations? While you may have plans in place to get your people home, have you considered how you will effectively deliver support to your employees and their families should someone be taken hostage?


Join us on Tuesday October 22 in New York City to hear from expert speakers who can get you up to speed on the best practices in supporting employees during and after a kidnapping. We will share insights from case studies, subject matter experts and top US Government officials to shed light on the issue of hostage taking and what it means to your organization.


During the Hostage US seminar hosted by BNY Mellon in New York City you will:

  • Learn about managing the human aspects of kidnapping – the aspects that mean the most to your employees and their families
  • Network with government officials, professionals from the security, HR, legal and communications teams of private sector and nonprofit organizations, and former hostages and their families
  • Gain invaluable insight on what works and what doesn’t in relation to supporting your employees and their families during and after a kidnapping


Please note: this event will be held under Chatham House Rule and will not be open to members of the media.

8:30-9:00 Coffee and registration
9:00-9:10 Welcome from host Juanita Holmes, BNY Mellon
9:10-9:20 Introduction to the day and Hostage US Rachel Briggs, Hostage US
9:20-9:50 Kidnapping drivers – a long-term view in key regions Tom Sanderson, Tom Sanderson Consulting, Hostage US Advisory Council
9:50-10:35 Virtual kidnappings – latest trends Paul Cox, NYA International
10:35-10:50 Coffee break
10:50-11:30 Hostage taking incidents: Focusing on the family Michael A. Mason, Senior Vice President, Chief Security Officer, Verizon, and Hostage US Board of Directors
11:30-12:15 A family’s experience of hostage taking Trudi Shaw
12:15-1:00 Lunch
1:00-1:30 How to access the full range of support services for families through insurance Amy Manson, Hostage US Board of Directors
1:30-1:50 Keynote address Hugh Dugan, Acting Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs
1:50-2:20 US Government responses to hostage cases and detentions Kieran Ramsey, Director, Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell

Diane Ryan, Family Engagement Coordinator, Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell

Sarah A. Duffy, Consular Representative, Recovery Fusion Cell

2:20-2:55 The reality of an ongoing hostage taking: A first hand perspective Sebastian Meyer
2:55-3:20 Support for hostages after release Liz Frank, Hostage US
3:20-3:30 Conclusions, close and depart Rachel Briggs, Hostage US
Venue Details & Tickets


October 22, 2019
$240.00 – $600.00


BNY Mellon
88 Murray Street
New York, NY 10007 United States


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