This August marked the seventh year of Austin Tice’s captivity in Syria. Austin, a veteran Marine Corps Captain who served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, was working as a freelance journalist the summer before his final year at Georgetown University
Law Center when he was detained at a checkpoint outside Damascus. Following his capture, a video was released online showing Austin held by a group of unidentified armed men. Since then, securing his release and safe return to the Tice family has been a bipartisan
priority for the United States government.