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March 2016

Rachel Briggs at the Rotary Club of Washington DC

March 30, 2016, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
University Club, 1135 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036 United States
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Rachel Briggs has been invited to be the keynote speaker at the March, 30th meeting at the Rotary Club of Washington, D.C. She will discuss Hostage US and the need for support for families of hostage victims.

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May 2016

JWFLF screening of Jim: The James Foley Story

May 3, 2016, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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On Tuesday, May 3rd, at 4pm the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation will screen the film Jim: The James Foley Story at the Newseum at 555 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC in celebration of World Press Freedom Day. There will be a panel discussion with the following panelists immediately after the film: Diane Foley, Board of Directors for JWFLF John Foley, Board of Directors for JWFLF Brian Oakes, Film Director of Jim: The James Foley Story Rachel Briggs, Executive Director of Hostage US David Rohde, Thompson…

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James W. Foley Freedom Awards

May 3, 2016, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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Join the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation as they celebrate World Press Freedom Day at the James W. Foley Freedom Awards. Honorees are David Bradley of Atlantic Media, David Rohde of Thomson Reuters and Nadia Alawa of NuDay Syria for continuing Jim's legacy of compassion, courage, commitment and advocacy for American hostages, freelance conflict journalists, and vulnerable children. Register for the event here.

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Hostage US on Capitol Hill

May 4, 2016, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
K&L Gates LLP, 1601 K St NW # 1
Washington, DC 20006 United States
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Rachel will present Hostage US at the 157th Individual Mobilization Augmentee Detachment (IMAD) meeting in Washington, D.C.

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OSAC Faith-Based Organizations Working Group Meeting

May 24, 2016 - May 25, 2016
Seventh Day Adventist World Headquarters, 12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD 20904 United States
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Rachel Briggs will be a featured speaker at OSAC’s next Faith-based Organizations Working Group (FBOWG) meeting. It is being hosted by the Adventist Development Relief Agency (ADRA) at the Seventh Day Adventist Church World Headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland from May 24-25, 2016.  All of OSAC’s faith-based constituents are invited to attend. Please see the link below to the OSAC website to find out more and to register for the event.   Link to event: OSAC Faith-Based Organizations Working Group…

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June 2016

Effective Responses to Kidnapping: Best practices in family support and hostage reintegration

June 9, 2016
K&L Gates LLP, 1601 K St NW # 1
Washington, DC 20006 United States
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On Thursday, June 9th, Hostage US held a daylong seminar in Washington, D.C., focusing on how organizations can effectively respond to kidnapping and the best practices in family support and hostage reintegration. More than 100 were in attendance at the inaugural event. The seminar answered key questions facing those responsible for kidnap response with organizations from security, legal and HR disciplines:   What are my organizational and individual responsibilities and legal liabilities in relation to kidnapping?  Jim Snyder, an attorney…

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August 2016

Hostage US at the OSAC Crisis Management Forum

August 24, 2016 - August 25, 2016
Arlington, VA United States + Google Map

Rachel Briggs will lead a discussion alongside Roy Hallums in a session titled "Family and Returning Hostages Support". Roy is a former hostage who spoke at the Hostage US seminar earlier this year. All OSAC constituents are invited to attend this one and a half day program on crisis management August 24-25, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. Visit the OSAC website to register for the event.

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October 2016

James W. Foley Freedom Run

October 15, 2016

The James Foley Legacy Foundation is holding a 5k in Rochester, New Hampshire and a virtual 5k for those who cannot make is to Rochester. In 2015, they held a typical 5K road race in Rochester, NH to benefit the James W Foley Legacy Foundation. This year, they have included the virtual 5k because people all over the world want to participate. For more information and to sign up for the event visit http://www.foleyrun.org/

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March 2017

Latin America Regional Security Meeting

March 7, 2017

The International Security Management Association (ISMA) and The Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) are hosting the Latin America Regional Security Meeting in Mexico City from March 5 – 7 2017. Amy Manson, Secretary of the Board of Directors at Hostage US will be moderating the panel on Kidnap & Ransom on March 7th from 11-12pm. Amy has 30 years of experience in the kidnap for ransom commercial insurance field acting as an advocate for families and companies faced with a kidnap…

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Effective Responses to Kidnapping: Best practices in family support and hostage reintegration

March 29, 2017
Goldman Sachs, 200 West Street
New York, NY 10282 United States
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$480 – $750

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, Goldman Sachs, 200 West St, New York, NY 10282. Click here to see the agenda Click here to view photos from this event. Hostage US will hold a daylong seminar in New York focusing on how organizations can effectively respond to kidnapping and the best practices in family support and hostage reintegration.   The seminar will answer key questions facing those responsible for kidnap response with organizations from security, legal, HR and communications disciplines: What are…

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April 2017

A Luke Somers Retrospective: A Day in the Life of Yemen

April 29, 2017 - May 1, 2017
Seattle University, 825 10th Ave Casey Building, 5th floor
Seattle, WA United States
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  “A Luke Somers Retrospective: A Day in the Life of Yemen” will be on exhibit in the Seattle University from April 29-May 1st from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.Luke Somers, a photojournalist, was abducted in Yemen in 2012 by tribesmen belonging to al-Qaeda. He was killed during a failed rescue attempt in December 2014, but his legacy lives on through his photos. Register here for “A Luke Somers Retrospective: A Day in the Life of Yemen” Learn more about his…

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May 2017

Bringing Hostages Home: Developing Effective American Strategy

May 1, 2017, 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm
New America, 740 15th St NW #900
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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Bringing Hostages Home: Developing Effective American Strategy Since 2001, terrorist and militant groups have taken almost 1,200 Westerners hostage abroad, with 90 being murdered. American hostages have been killed at disproportionate rates - accounting for nearly half of those murdered. The failure of US policy regarding hostages has resulted in an outcry from the families of those taken, and the enactment of policy reforms by the Obama administration. How should the United States best ensure the safety of Americans abroad?…

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June 2017

Best practices in family support and hostage reintegration

June 15, 2017
K&L Gates LLP, 1601 K St NW # 1
Washington, DC 20006 United States
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$250 – $750

Thursday, June 15, 2017, K&L Gates LLP, 1601 K St NW # 1, Washington, DC 20006 Hostage US is holding a daylong seminar in Washington, D.C. focusing on how organizations can effectively support families of employees taken hostage and help employees reintegrate back into the workplace after captivity. Download the agenda here. Christopher Costa, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Counterterrorism at the National Security Council will deliver the keynote address. The seminar will answer key questions facing those responsible…

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July 2017

Hostage US at the GBTA Convention

July 19, 2017, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Hostage US will speak at the GBTA 2017 Global Business Convention in a session called "When an Employee Becomes a Hostage – What Every Employer Needs to Know" When an Employee Becomes a Hostage – What Every Employer Needs to Know Despite having a robust travel risk management program and the best travel assistance and security providers, you have an employee taken hostage; what's next? While many organizations have plans in place to get a hostage home, most have not…

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September 2017

Hostage US at the ASIS Annual Seminar

September 27, 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, 650 S Griffin Street
Dallas, Texas 75202

What Security Managers Need to Know When an Employee is Taken Hostage Session Number: 6203, Panel Discussion 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 get this right? Hear answers from a former hostage, representatives from…

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October 2017

Hostage US at the the OSAC International Development Working Group Annual Event

October 11, 2017, 9:30 am - 10:15 am

Hostage US will speak at the OSAC International Development Working Group (IDWG) annual event on Wednesday, October 11 in Washington, DC. The IDWG is convening an all-day training of trainers workshop so that members can better prepare for crises. There will be various speakers to speak on different components of crisis management and communications. Hostage US will share families experiences when a loved one is taken hostage and best practices organizations should adopt.  

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Hostage US Seminar: Best Practices in Family Support and Hostage Reintegration

October 18, 2017
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, 311 S Wacker Drive, Suite 4300
Chicago, IL 60606 United States
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$250 – $750

Hostage US is holding a daylong seminar in Chicago, focusing on how organizations can effectively support families of employees taken hostage and help employees reintegrate back into the workplace after captivity. Wednesday, October 18, 2017 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (registration beginning at 8:30 AM) Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, 311 S Wacker Drive, Suite 4300, Chicago, IL 60606 (map directions) Best Practices in Family Support and Hostage Reintegration The seminar includes a variety speakers with expertise in the challenges facing employers when an employee is taken hostage. It will answer…

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November 2017

Five Years a Hostage

November 14, 2017, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Dentons, 1900 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20006 United States
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Free

Five Years a Hostage Join Alan Gross, held captive for five years by Castro’s Cuba, and his wife Judy Gross in a unique discussion exploring the different perspectives of a hostage situation. Alan will discuss his experiences of being a hostage and the specific challenges he faced in rebuilding his life after captivity. Judy will discuss how she handled the case back home and how she coped throughout the kidnapping as a family member. Details The event will  be held in downtown…

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March 2018

Hostage US DC Annual Summit

March 1
K&L Gates LLP, 1601 K St NW # 1
Washington, DC 20006 United States
$240 – $600

Best Practices in Family Support and Hostage Reintegration Hostage US will hold our Annual Summit in Washington, D.C., focusing on how organizations can effectively support families of employees taken hostage and help employees reintegrate back into the workplace after captivity. It will include a variety speakers with expertise in the challenges facing employers when an employee is taken hostage. It will answer key questions facing those responsible for kidnap response within organizations from security, legal, HR and communications disciplines. See and download the agenda here.…

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Hostage US Duty of Care Workshop

March 13, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Morgan Stanley, 1585 Broadway
New York City, NY 10036 United States
$150 – $300

Join Hostage US, Carolyn Klamp, Klamp & Associates and Lydia Lin, duty of care expert for a half-day workshop focusing specifically on your duty of care in relation to hostage taking. Carolyn and Lydia will share important information to remember through case studies and lessons learned. The workshop will help you to understand how to translate the legal framework into concrete practices for your security and HR programs. American corporations, non-profits and faith-based organizations operate in an increasing range of…

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May 2018

Business Executives for National Security: Discussion on the Worldwide Kidnapping Threat

May 31

  Business Executives for National Security members and guests will hold a luncheon discussion on the kidnapping threat worldwide, how the United States government responds, how you can better protect yourself and how you can support the hostage and their family through the ordeal with Meredith Wilson of Emergent Risk International and Rachel Briggs of Hostage US.   According to the State Department the “traditional” version of kidnapping, Kidnap for Ransom, is a major source of income for criminal gangs that…

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June 2018

Employee Post-Captivity Reintegration Workshop

June 13, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Seaport World Trade Center, Back Bay Complex, One Seaport Lane
Boston, MA 02210 United States
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$150 – $300

Your Duty of Care for Employees Returning from Captivity American corporations, non-profits and faith-based organizations increasingly operate in kidnap hotspots. While many have long-term security programs, including preventive and kidnap operational response plans, few have procedures to support employees returning from captivity. Failure to meet this aspect of duty of care can leave organizations exposed to legal challenges. This two-hour workshop will give you the “how to” on hostage reintegration, including health and mental health, assistance with practical challenges, return…

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August 2018

An intimate conversation with former hostage Michael Scott Moore

August 21, 3:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sony Studios, 10202 West Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232 United States
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$125 – $150

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 Hostage US is pleased to invite you to the Sony Studios on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 for a special intimate event to honor the work of Hostage US and raise much needed funds for its vital mission. Register early as space is limited. The event will start with an exclusive private tour of the world-famous Sony Pictures Studios. Visit sound stages that were once home to iconic films like The Wizard of Oz, Men in Black and Spider-Man.…

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October 2018

Best Practices in Family Support and Hostage Reintegration

October 18, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Morgan Stanley, 1585 Broadway
New York City, NY 10036 United States
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$240 – $600

Hostage US will hold a daylong seminar in New York focusing on how organizations can effectively respond to kidnapping through family support and hostage reintegration.   View Agenda   Lisa Monaco, former Assistant to President Obama for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, will be the keynote speaker and will offer reflections on handling hostage cases from within the government and key take-aways from her experience. Lisa will be interviewed by David Rohde, Online Executive Editor of The New Yorker.  Jason Rezaian…

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