in 2012 and 2013 were American journalists Austin Tice and Steven Sotloff, as well as humanitarian aid workers Peter Kassig and Kayla Mueller. After nearly two years of torture and starvation, Jim was publicly beheaded by his ISIS captors in 2014. The deaths in captivity of Steven, Peter and Kayla followed. Austin's whereabouts remain unknown.
Americans are increasingly being targeted while working and traveling abroad. Of the 90 Western hostages murdered since 2001, 41 were
Jim was passionate about press freedom and human rights. He understood that true investigative journalism gives voice to those oppressed by war, poverty and inequity -- and that such journalism is essential to our freedom.
Jim aspired to be a man of moral courage. He challenges us daily to aspire to make this a better world.
We call on all Americans to have the moral courage to expect justice for those who seek to destroy the best of America, our free press and our compassion for those not free.
The James W. Foley Legacy Foundation
seeks to make the safe return of our citizens detained or kidnapped abroad a national priority. It also collaborates with other organizations to find ways to protect the vulnerable and increasing numbers of independent conflict journalists and to educate Americans regarding these threats to our freedom.
The Foley Foundation works with our government to urge the return of all Americans in captivity and collaborates with others to create A Culture of Safety alliance, or ACOS. ACOS is a historical alliance
of media companies, press freedom nonprofits and freelance journalists to protect the increasing number of independent conflict journalists.
It has created an online curriculum for schools of journalism that stresses risk assessment, safety training and digital security, and raises awareness of these very real threats to our Western free societies.
We are heartened by the 2015 Presidential Policy Directive-30
that established the White House Hostage Response Group, the Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell
and Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs
. These dedicated groups work together to strategize the freeing
of Americans kidnapped abroad.