Coming Home and Reintegration Resources
for hostages, wrongful detainees, and their families
When a hostage or wrongful detainee returns home, their lives will be different than they were before captivity. After such a profound experience, former captives will be faced a series of decisions about what to do with this new life. There may be practical issues related to finances, employment, debts, housing, or insurance. Some may want to return to previous jobs, communities, and circles, while others may not. Furthermore, a hostage taking can introduce chaos into financial and household planning, so upon return, their financial situation may be radically different than when they were first taken. Debts or other financial obligations may have accrued while they were in captivity, and sometimes families spend down savings to cover unexpected costs while their loved one is held captive. Former hostages may find themselves needing to rebuild or start over.
Additionally, it can take time to heal—both mentally and physically—after such a traumatic event. Those who have been held against their will must recover a sense of safety, support, and community so they can process, heal, and build resiliency. Even the care and attention from a single person can help former captives begin that journey.
The resources listed here aim to help former captives as they navigate the unique challenges of reentry post-captivity and the path towards reclaiming ownership of one’s life.
The following are created by Hostage US: