Robert Levinson

 

Robert Levinson Hostage Recovery and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act (S. 712/H.R. 1611)

 

These two companion bills, both with bipartisan support, provide for assistance to U.S. citizens and nationals taken hostage or unlawfully or wrongfully detained abroad and for other purposes.

 
 

S.712 – This Senate bill was reintroduced in March 2019. U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)

and Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) are leading a bipartisan group of their Senate colleagues
in introducing a bill to improve U.S. government efforts to bring back Americans held hostage
or unlawfully detained abroad. The Robert Levinson Hostage Recovery and Hostage-Taking
Accountability Act cements in place programs to address hostage-taking, and gives the United
States government new tools to rescue hostages and punish their captors. The bill is named after
Bob Levinson, who was kidnapped on Iran’s Kish Island and taken hostage 12 years ago. He is the longest-held American citizen in history.

 

 Sponsors:

Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ] (3/7/2019)

Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] * (3/7/2019) 

 

Co-sponsors:

  • Sen. Leahy, Patrick J. [D-VT] (3/7/2019)
  • Sen. Coons, Christopher A. [D-DE] * (3/7/2019)

 

* = Original co-sponsor
 
 

H.R. 1611 – The House of Representatives bill is a companion bill to the Senate Bill. It was introduced on March 7, 2019 by Representative Theodore “Ted” Deutch (D-FL-22). It has been referred from the Judiciary Committee to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security.

 Sponsor:

 

Rep. Deutch, Theodore E. [D-FL-22]

 

Co-sponsors:

  • Rep. Wilson, Joe [R-SC-2] * (3/7/2019)
  • Rep. Lieu, Ted [D-CA-33] * (3/7/2019)
  • Rep. Waltz, Michael [R-FL-6] * (3/7/2019)
  • Rep. Meadows, Mark [R-NC-11] (4/2/2019)
  • Rep. Malinowski, Tom [D-NJ-7] (4/15/2019)

 

March 9, 2019 marked the 12th anniversary of the disappearance of member Robert Levinson from Kish Island, Iran. Bob is a member of our Society, having retired after 22 years with the FBI. The FBI has worked continually with numerous other government agencies to gain the assistance of the government of Iran to effect Bob’s return to his family without success. The
FBI is also offering a $5 million dollar reward for information leading to his safe location, recovery and return.

We urge you to contact your members of Congress and send them a letter or contact them through their websites with the message that the pressure needs to be maintained on the government of Iran to return Bob to his family. These are two pieces of legislation the Society is endorsing in an effort to effect Bob’s return.
 
 
Legislative Text for S. 712 Robert Levinson Hostage Recovery and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act
 
Legislative Text for H.R. 1611 Robert Levinson Hostage Recovery and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act
 
Sample Letter for Senate
 
Sample Letter for House of Representatives
 
Downloadable and Fillable Letter for Senate (PDF)
 
Downloadable and Fillable Letter for House of Representatives (PDF)
 

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