Hostage US seminars
Hostage US runs a regular series of seminars at locations across the US to help organizations understand the needs of families during a kidnapping and how best to support them through the event. See our education program video.
Kidnapping is a significant risk for a growing range of organizations – from multinational corporations and faith-based organization, to humanitarian and aid agencies and educational institutions.
Many have well developed plans and policies in place to cover staff and contractor safety and security, insurance to cover the costs of a kidnap, and security consultants on standby to run the response to a kidnap, should it occur.
Few have thought through how they will support the hostage’s family, what they will need from the organization, how this support will be delivered and by whom, and who will support the supporters through an emotionally distressing assignment.
Fewer still have policies for hostage reintegration, covering challenges such as reunification with family, return to work and the myriad of health and mental health problems they will need to overcome.
Participants hear from former hostages and their families, senior representatives from organizations that have handled a staff kidnapping, representatives from the government, and leading psychologists and psychiatrists on how to deal with the impacts of trauma.
Hostage US also holds regular special issue seminars on topics such as media and social media, supporting children, hostage reintegration, and legal liabilities. See our events.