BP2-2 Kidnap, Ransom & Extortion Response Planning: The US/Mexico Border

Nov 19, 2014

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Hart Brown

Vice President, Senior Risk Consultant

Hub International

While some large scale extortion and kidnapping incidents are highlighted in the news, most are never reported. This can create a challenge in assessing overall risk, developing appropriate mitigation measures and identifying necessary responses. While it is a persistent threat in many countries around the world, one of the areas of highest concern is the US/Mexico border. For those organizations operating on either side of the border, having an understanding of these situations and creating a plan to respond should be part of a complete security management program.

In this session, we will review the current situation on the border, how to assess an extortion threat and how to respond in the critical first hours after a suspected kidnapping incident. In addition, we will review the roles and responsibilities of the crisis management team and consider potential conflicts during the response.

Session Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the kidnap for ransom and extortion threat along the border
  2. Learn how to conduct a basic extortion threat assessment
  3. Identify various response structures in a kidnapping or extortion event