Statement on the Release of Trevor Reed from Russia

Governor Bill Richardson and the Richardson Center are thrilled and relieved that American prisoner, Trevor Reed, has been released from prison in Russia and is on his way home to be reunited with his family.

Over the last two years we have been working closely with Trevor’s parents, Paula and Joey, as well as their trusted representative, Jon Franks, trying to secure Trevor’s safe return home. In this effort, we have had many engagements with our Russian counterparts, and have recently travelled to Moscow, on a private humanitarian mission, to meet with Russian leadership and discuss Trevor’s and Paul Whelan’s release.

We want to congratulate the Biden Administration for securing Trevor’s release and return.

“Often, the price we pay for bringing our fellow Americans home to their families seems unjust, but it is the right thing to do – for our fellow Americans, their families, and for our nation.” said Governor Richardson. “We are so grateful that Trevor will finally be able to reconnect with his loved ones, who have been fighting all this time on his behalf.”

As we celebrate Trevor’s release, we have to continue to do everything possible to secure the release of Paul Whelan and Brittney Griner from Russia; as well as dozens of other Americans wrongfully detained across the globe.

Governor Richardson would like to personally thank Ara Abramyan for his help in support of the efforts to release Trevor and others.

The Richardson Center negotiates for the release of American prisoners and hostages held in hostile regimes or in countries with strained diplomatic relations. We work on behalf of the families and at no cost to them. The Richardson Center is greatly appreciative of our partners, including the Government of Qatar, and the many individuals who support and enable our work as a non-for-profit.