The parents of a missing journalist detained in Syria and the press freedom group Reporters Without Borders are calling on the White House to help bring the journalist home safely.

Marc and Debra Tice announced Thursday they are taking part in meetings for a White House policy review on how to handle hostage cases. Their son has been missing since 2012.

Austin Tice of Houston disappeared in August 2012 while covering the civil war in Syria. Tice is a former Marine who has reported for The Washington Post, McClatchy Newspapers, The Associated Press, CBS and other outlets. He was one of the few journalists reporting from Damascus when he vanished.

In 2012, Tice and the staff of McClatchy Newspapers were awarded the George W. Polk Award for war reporting.