Don Cipriani serves as a member of the Hostage US Advisory Council, after having served for several years as Hostage US’s founding Board Chair. Don was a longtime friend, fellow teacher, and former housemate of Jim Foley’s, and worked closely with the Foley family and friends to secure Jim’s release from captivity in Libya and to seek his release from captivity in Syria. He was a founding Board Member of the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation.
Don earned a Ph.D. in Law from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Maryland, and Bachelor’s degree from Drew University, and is fluent in Spanish and Italian. He is the author of Children’s Rights and the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility: A Global Perspective (Routledge, 2009).
“I support Hostage US because of my friend Jim Foley’s kidnappings in Libya and Syria, and the experiences of Jim, his family, and our community of friends and loved ones during and after Jim’s periods of captivity and murder. Jim’s boundless spirit, humanity, and generosity are a constant presence in our lives, and I see the creation of Hostage US as one part of Jim’s continuing legacy to this country. Hostage US is the world-class organization that Jim would have wanted to support his family, his fellow hostages, and their families.”