SUPPORTING FAMILIES OF HOSTAGES AND HOSTAGES AFTER THEIR RELEASE

 

“It is frustrating because I try to explain how it feels, but people can’t understand. That is where Hostage International makes a big difference. The charity highlights the effects of kidnap on anyone affected and offers support from people who do understand what it is like, or have experienced this terrible crime.”

A former hostage talking about adjusting to life back home.

 

 

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How can we help?

Hostage International is a unique charity delivering essential emotional and practical support to those affected by the kidnap or illegal detention of a loved one, and to hostages and detainees after their release.

Our team also has extensive experience in delivering training for employers in best practice in family support.

  • Services: Direct emotional & practical support, Training & Education, Policy support
  • Information: Families, Former Hostages, Organisations
  • Resources: Information about kidnapping, Guides, Videos
  • Training: Education in family and employee support for organisations

As an international charity, we have trained volunteer caseworkers based in multiple countries, including Australia, Canada, and across Europe, delivering support in English and a growing number of languages including French, Spanish, German and Portuguese.

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Resources & Information

Based on our experience of supporting hundreds of families over many years, we have comprehensive information and resources to support you should a family member or employee be affected by a kidnap.

Hostage International’s expertise is in supporting those affected by kidnapping or arbitrary detentions outside their home country. We are not involved in the resolution of these incidents but fill a much-needed gap in helping people cope with the day-to-day difficulties caused by kidnaps and illegal detentions.

News and Views

My experience: Living a happy and constructive life beyond In Amenas

My experience: Living a happy and constructive life beyond In Amenas

16 January 2013 is a date that Nick Hitch was convinced he would not survive when militants linked to Al-Qaeda attacked the In Amenas gas plant in Algeria where he worked as a manager. A decade on,…

John McCarthy CBE joins Hostage International as first patron

John McCarthy CBE joins Hostage International as first patron

We are delighted to announce that former hostage John McCarthy CBE has joined Hostage International as our first patron.     John has supported many of the charity’s events, so was asked by our co-founder and president,…

My experience: My daughter was taken hostage and held for 450 days

My experience: My daughter was taken hostage and held for 450 days

In the run up to Christmas 2018, Jocelyne’s daughter Edith was captured by an Islamic militant group when travelling with a friend in Burkina Faso. They were held for 450 days. Throughout those 15 months, even…

Congratulations Anoosheh for completing the London Marathon

Congratulations Anoosheh for completing the London Marathon

Hostage International wants to say a huge thank you to Anoosheh and Aryan Ashoori for their marathon efforts to not only raise funds for Hostage International but also help raise the profile of the charity. Anoosheh…