About Us

Hostage Aid is a non-profit NGO 501(c)(3) that was recently established in September 2020 by a group of former hostages from around the world, families of hostages and subject matter experts, all of whom, based on their different personal experiences as well as suffering have banded together to fight for the release of hostages globally while aiming to prevent this inhumane act of hostage taking from occurring to other innocent people.

HAW complements the great work that is being carried out by other important organizations that help and advocate for hostages. In addition to providing humanitarian relief and support to current and former hostages & unlawful detainees, HAW is focused on working closely with technology experts and different stakeholders to scientifically address the hostage taking “business model” by identifying ways to target different components of this model and disrupt its operation. To this end, HAW has pioneered a state-of-the-art scientific and data-driven approach to hostage taking, and accordingly, has initiated a hostage tracking system powered by artificial intelligence that can assist governments as well as non-governmental entities, advocates and families, and can be used as a significant tool to achieve tangible outcomes with an aim to put an end to hostage taking and unlawful detention.

History

How HAW came to be?

Several hostage victims and families of hostages kept meeting at different hostage events, always drawn together by the tragedy they share. Due to the increase in the number of foreigners taken hostage in different countries, the idea slowly arose of founding a non-partisan NGO focused on helping hostages and assisting the families navigate the unfamiliar landscape of governments, aid organizations, media, United Nations and a plethora of other issues that no one is prepared for…and HAW was established.

In addition to these important tasks, a motivating factor for forming HAW has been the development of processes for data sharing and extracting knowledge from data on past and current hostage cases with the ultimate goal of disrupting the hostage business model. HAW is a collective and collaborative effort comprising former hostages, families of former and current hostages, human rights activists, and subject-matter experts.

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Mission

Hostage Aid’s mission is to assist hostage and unlawful detainee victims and their families by providing insights on their cases and coordination with governments & UN bodies, as well as strategies to disrupt the hostage business model and the emerging threat of hostage diplomacy. This is done by combining global advocacy with empirical data driven methods and extensive research. Hostage Aid focuses on advocating for, supporting and documenting cases involving foreign and dual national hostages taken by non-state actors (such as terrorist groups) as well as unlawfully detained foreign and dual nationals taken by state actors (such as Iran & others).

Vision

Awareness

raise awareness in the global community on the increasing threat of hostage diplomacy

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Unified Approach

create an international coordinated approach towards hostage taking and a unified front among governments against hostage diplomacy

Intelligence based approach

develop appropriate technology solutions including a universal hostage tracker to be used by governments and individuals

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Business Model

analyze and disrupt the hostage taking business model

Accountability

make individuals and entities involved in hostage taking globally accountable for their actions

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Coordinated Advocacy

assist in forming strategic responses and coordinated advocacy tailored to individual hostage cases

Vision

AWARENESS

raise awareness in the global community on the increasing threat of hostage diplomacy

01

UNIFIED APPROACH

create an international coordinated approach towards hostage taking and a unified front among governments against hostage diplomacy

02

INTELLIGENCE BASED APPROACH

develop appropriate technology solutions including a universal hostage tracker to be used by governments and individuals

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BUSINESS MODEL

Analyze and disrupt the hostage taking business model

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ACCOUNTABILITY

make individuals and entities involved in hostage taking globally accountable for their actions

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COORDINATED ADVOCACY

Assist in forming strategic responses and coordinated advocacy tailored to individual hostage cases

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