Jim’s Vision Is Our Vision


Our Mission

The mission of the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation is to advocate for and advance the safe return of Americans detained unjustly abroad.

All American hostages will return home and conflict journalists who bring truth to light, like Jim, will be developed, protected, and valued.

James W. Foley’s spirit touched millions of people. We are committed to seeing his living legacy inspire millions more to promote freedom and justice in our world.

Jim envisioned a world that respected the dignity and life of each person, regardless of socioeconomic status, cultural background or nationality. His life demonstrated an uncompromising commitment to the freedom of the press and to advocacy for basic human rights.

Jim was known for his caring and joyful spirit, commitment, and bold idealism in an often cynical world. He gave a voice to those marginalized by poverty and conflict. Jim befriended them, listened to their stories and advocated for them. Jim was driven by a deep compassion for those without a voice.

We Inspire

To inspire, educate and develop high school and university students to serve as humanitarians, explore the value and the threats to freedom of speech, understand the dangers of freelance conflict journalism, and the important role journalists have played throughout centuries of alerting the world to human rights issues, profound suffering, as well as sharing the beauty found in all cultures.

We Educate

To build awareness of the importance of journalism in the protection of our democracies around the world and to strengthen ACOS (A Culture of Safety) Alliance, an international coalition of media, and freelancers promoting the safety and equity of conflict journalists and photographers.

We Advocate

Advocate for the release of American hostages kidnapped abroad, stimulate research on our current American hostage policy and support Hostage US, a DC-based organization assisting American hostage families.

  • For the safe return of all American hostages kidnapped abroad

  • For families of American hostages in cooperation with Hostage US

  • For ongoing research on American hostage policy to ensure protection of Americans working internationally

  • For improved safety and treatment of independent freelance conflict journalists

We Protect

  • The rights of independent conflict journalists to report safely from conflict zones

  • The work of international Alliance for a Culture of Safety (ACOS) to provide editor training/ risk assessment

  • Aspiring university students interested in international work through the James W. Foley Safety Guide Curriculum, using “Jim: The James Foley Story