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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 in crises.

  • 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.

We are flexible in our approach so please reach out and we will endeavour to help.

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Hostage International relies on the generosity of individuals and organisations to deliver its vital services around the world. Please help us continue our vital work.

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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

Mental Health Awareness Week – tips for those affected by hostage situations

Mental Health Awareness Week – tips for those affected by hostage situations

This Mental Health Awareness Week our mental health adviser trustee, Stephen Regel, answers some questions around the challenges for families with a loved one taken hostage and what they can do to strive for some form…

Novice runner finishes 75km ultramarathon to thank Hostage International

Novice runner finishes 75km ultramarathon to thank Hostage International

Sam Barnes (25), finished an ultramarathon on 11 May 2024 and in the process raised more than £3,200 for Hostage International. Sponsor Sam here! Moved by the personal experience of his uncle’s death in the In…

London Marathon number three for Anoosheh Ashoori

London Marathon number three for Anoosheh Ashoori

Now 70 years old, and just over two years since his release from being wrongfully detained in Iran, Anoosheh Ashoori embarked on his third London Marathon in April– something he could only dream of when imprisoned….

Event supporting hostages and their families at the Old Bailey, London, raises over £17,000

Event supporting hostages and their families at the Old Bailey, London, raises over £17,000

More than 200 Hostage International supporters filled the halls of the Central Criminal Court, Old Bailey in London on 7 March 2024 to help highlight the 20th anniversary of the charity. Sir Terry Waite, Judith Tebbutt…