Warren’s Story


Warren Weinstein was an American economic development expert. He worked tirelessly to help others since beginning his career as a human rights advocate in 1969. Weinstein devoted his entire life to helping people around the world become economically self-sufficient.

From 2004-2011, Weinstein served as a development advisor in Pakistan for J.E. & Austin Associates, a contractor to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Weinstein was a father, husband, and grandfather who loved his family and communicated with them every day — sometimes more than once a day — prior to capture. He was 73 years old. He had a heart condition and severe asthma and is in extremely poor health.

His wife and daughter spent time with him in Pakistan. They observed him doing the work he loved and the important relationships he developed with the Pakistani people. He was a gentle man who was in Pakistan to help the people of Pakistan.

On April 24, the White House announced that Warren was accidentally killed in a U.S. drone strike, as was an Italian hostage, Giovanni Lo Porto in January, 2015.