FACT SHEET: The Biden Administration Builds on Efforts to Convey Dwelling American Hostages and Wrongful Detainees

In the present day, President Biden reaffirms his dedication to carry dwelling People held hostage

In the present day, President Biden reaffirms his dedication to carry dwelling People held hostage and wrongfully detained overseas by issuing a brand new govt order (E.O.), Bolstering Efforts to Convey Hostages and Wrongfully Detained United States Nationals Dwelling. This E.O. expands the instruments accessible to discourage and disrupt hostage-taking and wrongful detentions.  It creates new methods to impose prices on terrorist organizations, legal teams, and different malicious actors who take hostages for monetary, political, or different good points and thus threaten the integrity of the worldwide political system and the protection of U.S. nationals and different individuals overseas.  This E.O. advances the unwavering dedication of the US to carry dwelling People who’re held hostage or wrongfully detained.

As well as, the Biden-Harris Administration is introducing a brand new danger indicator—the “D” indicator—to the State Division’s Journey Advisories to tell American vacationers of the danger of wrongful detention by a international authorities.  This extra danger indicator will spotlight the elevated danger that People face specifically nations and supply People with complete security and safety data with which to make knowledgeable journey choices.  The “D” indicator joins the present “Ok” indicator that covers danger of kidnapping and hostage-taking by non-state actors, in addition to a variety of different present danger indicators.  State Division Journey Advisories are constantly revised and up to date primarily based on a complete assessment of all accessible security data and ongoing developments.

The manager order will generate expanded and enhanced methods to deal with the hostage-taking and wrongful detention of People overseas.  This E.O. displays the Biden-Harris Administration’s continued dedication to bringing them dwelling.  Specifically, this E.O. attracts on the 2020 Robert Levinson Hostage Restoration and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act and reinforces the Administration’s device package in key methods.  Particularly, this E.O.:

  • Reinforces the U.S. Authorities’s efforts to help households of People wrongfully detained or held hostage abroad;
  • Authorizes companies to impose prices and penalties, together with monetary sanctions, on those that are concerned, immediately or not directly, in hostage-taking or wrongful detentions to help expanded and ongoing interagency efforts; 
  • Directs related components of the U.S. Authorities to bolster their engagement and sharing of related data, together with intelligence data, in keeping with the safety of sources and strategies, with households concerning their family members’ standing and U.S. Authorities efforts to safe their launch or return, as acceptable; and
  • Expenses consultants throughout the interagency to develop choices and methods to discourage future hostage-taking and wrongful detentions.
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This E.O. is knowledgeable by our common communications with the households and different stakeholders who’ve undertaken unbelievable advocacy efforts on behalf of their family members.  The Biden-Harris Administration appreciates the continued diligence of such households and considers them important companions in our efforts to carry People dwelling.  President Biden and consultants throughout the Administration will draw on this E.O. to advance our efforts and stay dedicated to reuniting People held hostage and wrongfully detained with their households. 

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