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Jose Pereira

Jose Pereira

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Jose Ángel Pereira was unjustly detained and held captive in Venezuela for almost five years, from November 21, 2017 to October 1, 2022. Pereira was a member of the so-called CITGO6.

His only crime was being an American. Before being taken hostage, he spent thirty-five years as an oil company executive and CEO of Citgo Petroleum (a US-based refinery complex and extensive gas station distribution center).

Pereira earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the Universidad de Oriente (UDO) in Venezuela in 1985.

He joined Corpoven, S.A. (today Petróleos de Venezuela-PDVSA (Venezuelan State company), the fifth largest oil company in the world at that time.

In 1989 he completed his Master of Business Administration at Florida International University through a joint program with Universidad De Oriente (UDO).

In 2012, he received a Diploma in International Taxation from the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

Throughout his career, Pereira held several management positions in various PDVSA subsidiaries worldwide.

He was assigned to numerous joint ventures of Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) with Ente Nationale Idrocarburi (ENI), including ENI—Italy, Inpex—Japan, China National Petroleum Company (CNPC)—China, Statoil—Norway, Total—France, and Chevron. Conoco and Exxon—USA

He was chief financial officer of CVP (a subsidiary of PDVSA's international joint ventures) and rose to become CEO of Citgo Petroleum, replacing Nelson Martínez, who later became Minister of Petroleum and president of PDVSA.

Pereira was part of Venezuela's large oil and petrochemical projects in the 1980s, launching PDVSA to become one of the top five companies in the international oil business.

He was actively involved in several management positions, including the "Apertura Petrolera" (privatization of oil fields in Venezuela) in the 1990s, the most extensive privatization of state-owned companies at that time.

Pereira was instrumental in directing the internationalization of PDVSA in the late 1990s and early 2000s and in the renationalization of PDVSA in 2006-2007.

He was also part of the PDVSA team that created the Venezuelan Petroleum Corporation (CVP). This subsidiary managed more than forty JVs with international oil companies in Venezuela.

His strategic leadership promoted him to the positions of CFO and CEO of US-based Citg Petroleum, which he held until his retirement.

While at the peak of his career as CEO of Citgo (the sixth largest refinery complex in the United States), Pereira was called to attend a business meeting in Caracas at the headquarters of Petróleo de Venezuela (PDVSA), (Citgo's parent company).

That day, the Venezuelan regime accused him of corruption, espionage and treason, among other false charges, and captured and imprisoned him. This nightmare lasted 1,775 days: four years and eight long months.

After the United States government orchestrated his release, Pereira focused on defending and supporting hostage families enduring similar nightmares and broken trials.

His experience made it clear that what he survived can help others who struggle to overcome, thrive and succeed in any circumstance.

He now speaks to spread a message of resilience, hope, faith and survival in a speech titled:
"From Captivity to Freedom: Overcoming adversity and trauma to build resilience: with a message of Love, Faith and Hope"

Pereira is proof that we can conquer anything.

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sé Ángel Pereira fue detenido injustamente y mantenido cautivo en Venezuela durante casi cinco años, desde el 21 de noviembre de 2017 hasta el 1 de octubre de 2022. Pereira era miembro del llamado CITGO6.

Su único delito fue ser estadounidense. Antes de ser tomado como rehén, pasó treinta y cinco años como ejecutivo de una compañía petrolera y director ejecutivo de Citgo Petroleum (un complejo de refinerías con sede en Estados Unidos y un amplio centro de distribución de gasolineras).

Pereira obtuvo una licenciatura en Administración de Empresas de la Universidad de Oriente (UDO) en Venezuela en 1985.

Se incorporó a Corpoven, S.A. (hoy Petróleos de Venezuela-PDVSA (empresa del Estado venezolano), la quinta empresa petrolera del mundo en ese momento.

En 1989 completó su Maestría en Administración de Empresas en Florida International University a través de un programa conjunto con la Universidad De Oriente (UDO).

En 2012, recibió un Diploma en Fiscalidad Internacional de la Universidad de Santiago de Compostela en España.

A lo largo de su carrera, Pereira ocupó varios cargos directivos en diversas filiales de PDVSA a nivel mundial.

Estuvo asignado a numerosas empresas conjuntas de Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) con Ente Nationale Idrocarburi (ENI), incluidas ENI—Italia, Inpex—Japón, China National Petroleum Company (CNPC)—China, Statoil—Noruega, Total—Francia y Chevron. Conoco y Exxon—EE.UU.

Fue director financiero de CVP (una filial de PDVSA de las empresas conjuntas internacionales) y ascendió hasta convertirse en director general de Citgo Petroleum, en sustitución de Nelson Martínez, quien más tarde se convirtió en Ministerio de Petróleo y presidente de PDVSA.

Pereira formó parte de los grandes proyectos petroleros y petroquímicos de Venezuela en los años 80, lanzando a PDVSA a convertirse en una de las cinco principales empresas del negocio petrolero internacional.

Participó activamente en varios puestos directivos, incluida la "Apertura Petrolera" (privatización de los campos petroleros en Venezuela) en los años 90, la privatización más amplia de empresas estatales en ese momento.

Pereira fue fundamental en la dirección de la internacionalización de PDVSA a finales de los 90 y principios de los 2000 y en la renacionalización de PDVSA en 2006-2007.

También formó parte del equipo de PDVSA que creó la Corporación Venezolana de Petróleos (CVP). Esta filial administró más de cuarenta JV con compañías petroleras internacionales en Venezuela.

Su liderazgo estratégico lo promovió a los puestos de director financiero y director ejecutivo de Citg Petroleum, con sede en Estados Unidos, que ocupó hasta su jubilación.

Mientras se encontraba en la cima de su carrera como director general de Citgo (el sexto complejo de refinería más grande de Estados Unidos), Pereira fue llamado a asistir a una reunión de negocios en Caracas en la sede de Petróleo de Venezuela (PDVSA), (la empresa matriz de Citgo).

Ese día, el régimen venezolano lo acusó de corrupción, espionaje y traición, entre otros cargos falsos, y lo capturó y encarceló. Esta pesadilla duró 1.775 días: cuatro años y ocho largos meses.

Después de que el gobierno de los Estados Unidos orquestó su liberación, Pereira se centró en defender y apoyar a las familias rehenes que soportaban pesadillas similares y procesos rotos.

Su experiencia dejó en claro que lo que sobrevivió puede ayudar a otros que luchan por superarse, prosperar y tener éxito en cualquier circunstancia.

Ahora habla para difundir un mensaje de resiliencia, esperanza, fe y supervivencia en un discurso titulado:
"Del Cautiverio a la Libertad: Superar la adversidad y el trauma para construir resiliencia: con un mensaje de Amor, Fe y Esperanza"

Pereira es una prueba de que podemos conquistar cualquier cosa.
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Hostage US

Hostage US is a 501c3 non-profit organization that supports families of Americans taken hostage or wrongfully detained abroad and supports hostages and detainees when they return home.

Each year, an estimated 200 Americans are taken hostage overseas. We are here to help families survive this terrifying ordeal and help former hostages rebuild their life after captivity. For more information on Hostage US please visit

Hostage Aid Worldwide

Hostage Aid is a non-profit NGO 501(c)(3) that was recently established in September 2020 by a group of former hostages from around the world, families of hostages and subject matter experts, all of whom, based on their different personal experiences as well as suffering have banded together to fight for the release of hostages globally while aiming to prevent this inhumane act of hostage taking from occurring against other innocent people.

HAW will complement the great work that is being carried out by other important organizations that help and advocate for hostages. In addition to providing humanitarian relief and support to current and former hostages who were unlawfully detained, HAW is aiming to work closely with technology experts and different stakeholders to scientifically address the hostage taking “business model” by identifying ways to target different components of this model and disrupt its operation. This will be done by a state-of-the-art scientific and data-driven approach to state sponsored hostage taking which is being developed as a tool with an aim to put an end to hostage taking.

To this end, HAW is in the process of initiating a hostage tracking system powered by artificial intelligence that will assist governments struggling to deal with the global hostage crises and can be used as a significant tool to achieve tangible outcomes.

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James W. Foley Legacy Foundation

Inspired by the life, work, and moral courage of American journalist, educator and humanitarian James W. Foley, we catalyze action, research and policy to advocate for freedom of all US nationals wrongfully detailed or held hostage abroad, to ensure government accountability to prioritize their safe return and to educate and protect journalists and international travelers.

Amer Fakhoury Foundation

The Amer Fakhoury Foundation fights for all victims of illegal detention as well as victims living under radical and corrupted governments. We look to provide advocacy, emotional, and financial support to the victims and their families. We work to ensure anti-torture laws are created and implemented in countries that enforce torture on helpless victims.

Our founders are the daughters of the late Amer Fakhoury. Amer was kidnapped and held hostage by Hezbollah, a recognized terrorist organization. Separated by force from his family, and under extreme physical and emotional torture, Amer was coerced to sign false documents which were later used against him to keep him imprisoned in Lebanon. After several months of his family and the United States Government fighting for his freedom, Amer was finally released on March 19th, 2020. However, due to the torture, abuse, and maltreatment he received during his unlawful detention, he passed away shortly after his return home. Together, we will fight tirelessly to advocate for the release or rescue of hostage victims.

With your help, we can save lives, bring justice to those denied it, and comfort to those impacted.





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From Hero to Villain

The True Story of the Citgo6

The story of the CITGO 6 is one of tragedy, injustice, and perseverance. In November 2017, six American oil executives were arrested by the Venezuelan tyranny and accused of espionage, treason, corruption, and embezzlement. Despite their innocence, these men were imprisoned for five years without a fair trial. Despite the harsh conditions they faced, the CITGO 6 never lost hope.

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Jose Angel Pereira, a former oil company executive with thirty-five years of experience and the former CEO of Citgo Petroleum, was unjustly detained and held captive in Venezuela as a member of the CITGO6, a group of six Americans employed by Citgo. 

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His wrongful captivity, based solely on his American nationality, lasted for 1,775 days, from November 21, 2017, to October 1, 2022. Since returning from his five-year detention, Pereira has reconnected with his family and written his memoir. 

He stands up for Americans unlawfully detained overseas and strives to modify US laws concerning these crimes. 

In collaboration with Bring Our Families Home (BOFH), Pereira was instrumental in shaping the protocol that helped bring Brittney Griner home from illegal detention in Russia as the world watched. 

Previous to this involvement, families were urged to stay silent as they awaited news that their loved ones were returning. It was frustrating and provoked feelings of helplessness as all they could do was trust in the promises of the powers that be. Worse, it delayed resolution and even led to needless deaths.

Today, we know that by refusing to stay silent, we can help those wrongly imprisoned and increase their chances of coming home. Pereira continues to leverage hise xperiences living and working in multiple countries to engender compassion in individuals of all ethnicities and across all culturaland political considerations to bring hostages home.

He empowers others to make positive changes in the world as he works to re-acclimate to society and is passionate about joining voices with others intent on raising awareness. 

Pereira's book is a riveting account of the events leading up to and during the imprisonment of the CITGO6. Notably, during most of his detainment, Pereira and his wife engaged in a death-defying act reminiscent of Anne Frank secreting her diary from the Nazis. They smuggled around 1,000 letters to each other, which boosted his morale to keep living another day and inspired this book upon release.   

These carefully written words served as a vital resource for Pereira in outlining his memoir. The determination and bravery embodied by him and his wife in preserving these letters under such punishing duress add a remarkable layer of depth to Pereira’s story. When you read his accounts, you are there with him in the gritty cell, enduring the agony of fellow prisoners, then finally rejoicing when he hears the news he is going home.

Pereira’s story has since evolved into a movement: changing the narrative of what it takes to bring the wrongfully detained home.

This is a work unlike any other. The advent of critical change is making a difference not only in the lives of prisoners; it is transforming global politics around these cases. 

Sometimes, it is the quietest voice that influences and alters our trajectory. Also in the works: a guidebook providing recommendations to returning detainees to enable their successful reintegration into society—the  only publication of its kind. Pereira’s motto is “Never give up and never lose faith.”

Find out more about Jose and his unfathomable story and and mission by visiting

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  • Jose has been on podcast interviews across various international locations like London, Toronto, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, the US, and more
  • Jose is part of the Hostage Community with network support in all the ONG, Foundation and US Government Agencies that do advocacy for the Hostage Communities
  • Jose's story has the support of reputed journalist and media outlets such as CNN, Telemundo, Televisa, Univision, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, NPR, and more
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INTRODUCTION- Fall from Grace: The Citgo 6 Saga

Chapter 1: The Journey to Freedom


  • Bethany Marshall
    on Sept. 18, 2023, 5:36 p.m.

    Hi Jose,

    I'm so moved by the amazing work you are doing. I can't wait to see your book in print, and I look forward to following your journey towards publishing 📚

  • Roger Elliott
    on Sept. 21, 2023, 3:42 p.m.

    Good luck Jose’ with the sale of your book.
    Roger Elliott

  • Carol Edmondson
    on Sept. 25, 2023, 4:29 p.m.

    Your story needs to be heard Jose. Wishing you the desired outcome you want to achieve. Glad that I am able to play a very small part to prayerfully getting your book published sooner rather than later.

  • Joe R Fowler
    on Sept. 25, 2023, 5:22 p.m.

    I am proud to know you Jose, and wish you much luck with your book !

    Joe Fowler

  • Zana Kenjar
    on Nov. 2, 2023, 1:49 a.m.

    Great job Jose, congratulations!

    Zana Kenjar

  • Diane Foley
    on Nov. 4, 2023, 12:45 p.m.

    Just ordered a copy!!
    Looking forward to reading your book!
    Warmest regards
    Diane Foley

  • Marco Luti
    on Nov. 5, 2023, 4:42 p.m.

    Listo primo, muchas felicitaciones por este lanzamiento, por casualidad hay bersion español, para recomendar!!