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Re: Jessica Harrison, taken to Mexico >10 yrs ago...still missing
« Reply #15 on: April 23, 2010, 02:40:13 PM »
 4/22/2010        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  




Today members of Florida’s Senate joined the members of Florida’s House of Representatives in demonstrating great leadership by passing unanimously Florida’s groundbreaking ‘Child Abduction Prevention Act’ sponsored by child advocates Representative Darryl Rouson (St. Petersburg) and Senator Eleanor Sobel (Ft. Lauderdale). HB 787 will become law once Governor Crist signs the bill, as he expected to within the next few days.

 

On a House floor vote that occurred yesterday, HB 787 passed unanimously with 115 ‘Yeas’ to 0 ‘Nays’. Today, the Senate unanimously passed the legislation with 31 ‘Yeas’ and 0 ‘Nays’ votes.

 

Representative Darryl Rouson, who sponsored and guided the landmark legislation through the House of Representatives said, “Our children in the state of Florida have every right to be protected from any and all forms of abuse. The ‘Child Abduction Prevention Act’ will in fact protect our children from the abuse associated with the criminal act of child stealing. With an estimated 16,000 international child abductions alone in our country last year – a number that is growing at 40% per year - how could we as lawmakers not act expeditiously in order to protect our state’s and nation’s future: our treasured children? We simply cannot. It required a great deal of work, but today we now wait for Governor Crist’s signing of this bill into law. I say with great pride that the lawmakers of the great state of Florida realized the importance of this law and acted unilaterally for the best interest of the children of our state.”

 

Carolyn Ann Vlk, the ‘Child Abduction Prevention Act’ bill author, stated, “Today is a wondrous day! What began as not much more that a mother’s dream is now almost a reality. When I began writing Florida’s ‘Child Abduction Prevention Act’ it was my greatest desire that my home state put into place child abduction prevention legislation that could be utilized as precedence for other states. As soon as Governor Crist signs the proposed legislation into law, we will have that ability. Words cannot adequately express my appreciation for the bipartisan support exhibited while working together in creating legislation to protect all children. This is a moment I have long awaited and showcases democracy at its finest. What an outstanding day for the children and families of Florida.”

 



Chasing Parent Captain William Lake, the father of Mary Victoria, who remains in Japan despite court orders seeking her rightful return stated, “ I am so pleased with today’s outcome in Florida’s Senate. It is my hope that through the passage of this law, children will no longer be deprived from the loving relationships of both parents. Unfortunately, too many children who are abducted come to believe that the left behind parent does not care or love them, when this is not true or accurate. No child should ever have to experience abduction and the denial of the other parent due to deceitful actions by the other parent. In my lobbying of this legislation, it was my desire to have a law passed that will protect innocent children from ever experiencing the unfair storms of parental abduction.”

 

Ken Connelly, the author of ‘Throwing Stones’ commented, “I am very pleased to hear of the news that Florida’s lawmakers have unanimously passed this important legislation. As a child who had experienced abduction, I wish I knew the value of having both of my parents in my life and not experiencing the loss of trust due to parental kidnapping. This new law will ensure that children do not meet the same fate that I did as a young man. I look forward to Governor Crist into signing this bill into law. Clearly, this law sends a direct message to Washington, D.C. to pass child protection laws that will end domestic and international child abduction.”

 

If signed by child advocate Governor Crist as expected, HB 787 – The ‘Child Abduction Prevention Act’ will go into effect on January 1st, 2011.

 

Carolyn Ann Vlk concluded, “As the bill’s author, I would like to share with the people of my state that none of this would have been possible if it were not for Representative Darryl Rouson. He is a champion of our children. And Senator Eleanor Sobel acted in great ways to protect the children of our state. I want to thank each of them, along with their respective legislative aides, Henry Moseley and Nick Matthews, for all they have done.”

 

For more information, please visit:

www.floridachildabductionpreventionact.info



 

 

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Re: Jessica Harrison, taken to Mexico >10 yrs ago...still missing
« Reply #16 on: April 23, 2010, 03:20:31 PM »
As wonderful as this is - I don't believe Rouson is a cosponsor of HR3240.  Can someone correct me if I'm wrong?

I'll also be contacting the leaders in FL to commend them for getting this legislation passed, but will also ask about cases such as Emily Rose Hindle.  Where is her protection?  The courts are revisting child support, but ignoring the residency/abduction issue? 

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Re: Jessica Harrison, taken to Mexico >10 yrs ago...still missing
« Reply #17 on: April 23, 2010, 10:15:19 PM »
Representative Darryl Rouson, who sponsored and guided the landmark legislation through the House of Representatives said, “Our children in the state of Florida have every right to be protected from any and all forms of abuse. The ‘Child Abduction Prevention Act’ will in fact protect our children from the abuse associated with the criminal act of child stealing. With an estimated 16,000 international child abductions alone in our country last year – a number that is growing at 40% per year - how could we as lawmakers not act expeditiously in order to protect our state’s and nation’s future: our treasured children?

I've heard lots of stats before, but not that one, does anyone know where it comes from?

As wonderful as this is - I don't believe Rouson is a cosponsor of HR3240.  Can someone correct me if I'm wrong?

Rouson is a Florida state legislator and therefore not in the House of Representatives, so he is unable to co-sponsor the federal legislation.

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Re: Jessica Harrison, taken to Mexico >10 yrs ago...still missing
« Reply #18 on: April 24, 2010, 08:29:43 PM »
Numbers of kidnapped and abducted children are very hard to get right.  The answers depend almost completely on who you ask and when you ask them (ie are they reporting numbers to pretend it's not a big problem or to ask for a budget increase.)  As an example consider the fact that it's frequently reported that some 2800 kids are currently being held in foreign countries.  That number is nonsense if 16,000 left last year alone (and we know most children don't come back.)

The US State Department and the NCMEC have a monopoly on information about international child abduction and a history of not sharing that information very effectively.  My personal guess is that 2800 is the number of "open" Hague cases with the State Dept, though it needs to be said that State closes cases for a vast number of reasons, the smallest of which being that the child was actually returned home, and doesn't report how the closed cases were closed.  No idea where the 16,000 number came from but it sounds to me like a good estimate of the real number of international abductions per year. 

2008 was the first year that the State Dept. began publishing the total number of international abductions reported to them in a given year.  They reported that over the 2007 reporting period there were 821 abductions reported to the Office of Children's Issues.  In 2009 they reported that there were 1615 abductions reported to the Office of Children's Issues.

Looking at just the numbers from State then we have an almost a 100% increase year over year.

My personal opinion is that the number of abductions is increasing by as much as 50% per year (this is just my guess.)  I think the big increase in numbers at State is caused by more and more people reporting the abductions to the State Dept in addition to a raw increase in numbers.  I still think the vast majority of international abductions are never reported to the State Dept.  When I called the police they didn't even file a report at first because my wife left before either of us had been granted custody, but I kept pushing and hired lawyers.  The only reason I found out about the State Dept and the Hague Convention was the internet.  How many parents don't have money for lawyers or access to the internet or computer skills to use it effectively?
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Re: Jessica Harrison, taken to Mexico >10 yrs ago...still missing
« Reply #19 on: May 07, 2010, 01:48:54 PM »
"In a tragically ironic yet not uncommon reversal, American children are also in Mexico illegally and the government does nothing to send them back."

-Jose Corteguera
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Re: Jessica Harrison, taken to Mexico >10 yrs ago...still missing
« Reply #20 on: May 08, 2010, 01:32:37 PM »
I thought I'd share this with everyone, the Hague Convention contemplates a "deadline" of 1 year" to request the return of the minor to his habitual residence?????????


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Although Hague Convention on civil aspects of International Child abduction contemplates a deadline of 1 year to request the return of the minor to his habitual residence, equitable tolling of time is available to prevent abducting parent to benefit from his own wrong doing. Mr. Harrison should receive appropriate and specialized legal advise on the issues of his Hague petition. 
 
There are different issues that relate to the implementation of the convention. Unfortunately, American parents are left in limbo when DC tells them that the case will be in the hands of Mexican Authorities. Therefore, they need transnational legal support ( American lawyers who can practice both sides of the border, know both legal systems and more importantly with substantial experience on International law. Please consider the following email address in case we can be of any assistance to deter the international abduction of our children to Mexico. 
ariaslawcomp@gmail.com 
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Re: Jessica Harrison, taken to Mexico >10 yrs ago...still missing
« Reply #21 on: May 08, 2010, 07:53:38 PM »
shrogg38, I don't think this is anything new. I think this is referring to the fact that if a left-behind parent is interested in filing under the Hague Convention for the return of the abducted child(ren) to the location of habitual residence of the child(re) prior to the abduction, they have to do it with one year of the abduction.

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Re: Jessica Harrison, taken to Mexico >10 yrs ago...still missing
« Reply #22 on: May 11, 2010, 09:43:40 AM »
While the Hague Convention provides protection to parents seeking the return of their abducted children, effectiveness under the treaty is wholly dependent on the particular country's willingness to enforce it.


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Re: Jessica Harrison, taken to Mexico >10 yrs ago...still missing
« Reply #23 on: May 20, 2010, 01:13:55 PM »
I received the following email on March 3, 2010 from my caseworker at The State Dept.
________________________ ________________________ ________________________ __


Thank you for forwarding this information.  In addition to many
inquiries to the Mexican Central Authority (MCA), on February 5, 2010 I
sent an official request ("oficio") signed by the Abduction Division
Chief to MCA to demand a status report.  I will provide you with an
update as soon as I receive a response from the MCA.

Again, thank you for your continue effort to recover Jessica.

Kind regards,

Chin Yao Kuan
Citizen Services Specialist
________________________ ________________________ ________________________ __________________

If the ABDUCTION DIVISION CHIEF at THE STATE DEPT. cannot get a response from the MCA with regards to their official ("oficio") letter dated 2/5/2010 and today's date is 5/20/2010 - Does anyone know why the U.S. 'TIPTOES" around with Mexico?

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Re: Jessica Harrison, taken to Mexico >10 yrs ago...still missing
« Reply #24 on: May 21, 2010, 11:56:09 AM »
 
THE WASHINGTON POST   
 
 
To get a child back; The U.S. is failing children abducted to other countries
The Washington Post - Washington, D.C.

Author   Bernard Aronson
Date:   Feb 19, 2010
Start Page:   A.17
Section:   EDITORIAL
Text Word Count:   784

[...] left-behind families need a high-level advocate in the State Department -- appointed by the president, confirmed by the Senate and reporting directly to the secretary -- who will ensure that the issue of abducted
children is central to U.S. diplomatic deliberations.

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Quote:  by Bernard Aronson, Washington Post  - Feb. 19, 2010

“Congress and the administration have the power to apply real pressure to nations harboring abducted American children today and make it far less likely that other American families will have to endure such a nightmare in the future”
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« Reply #25 on: May 22, 2010, 01:24:40 AM »
John Walsh, Television Host of America's Most Wanted and Co-Founder, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children


"I was here once before when we bailed out Mexico with the NAFTA treaty. The peso was falling apart. I was down in Mexico doing shows, drug dealers and cartels everywhere, and we were going to lend them billions of dollars. And I went to President Clinton myself and then Attorney General Janet Reno, and I said we need one thing. If we are going to bail Mexico out, let us make them sign an extradition treaty of fugitives, murders, criminals and get our kids back from Mexico. Right? Did not happen. What a perfect time for us to say we are going to save your entire country, we are going to lend you billions of dollars and shore up your economy, but you know what, since that meeting with President Clinton we now have on record over 3,000 murders and fugitives down there and we do not know how many kids".

My comment:  I believe the numbers are far, far higher today! And the kids, who really knows anymore?
 
 
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Re: Jessica Harrison, taken to Mexico >10 yrs ago...still missing
« Reply #26 on: May 25, 2010, 11:23:19 AM »
The MCA has asked if we would be interested IN "CHANGING OUR CURRENT HAGUE APPLICATION" into one looking for "ACCESS RIGHTS" in view of the fact that the abduction occurred many years ago. The MCA'S suggestion is based on the possibility of NOT BEING SUCCESSFUL BEFORE THE MEXICAN COURTS with a HAGUE APPLICATION FOR RETURN, IN VIEW OF THE YEARS THE CHILD HAS RESIDED IN MEXICO!

The STATE DEPT. has asked us to respond so that they can prepare a reply......

My thoughts are.......

Jessica is now (14) yrs. old!   Jessica is old enough to decide if she prefers to live in the U.S. where she was born, with her Daddy, her Nana and Papa and all her cousins and where her great-grandmother live.  Jessica should be allowed to decide at this age especially after being hidden for (10) yrs. in Mexico. 

I've been thinking and questioning a lot since I just received this letter dated 5/17/10, from The State Dept. - has the MCA been speaking with the family in Puebla?  Is the MCA really asking me to STOP THE ARREST WARRANT IN PLACE?  What incentive are they NOT offering for us to "change our Hague Application"  What are they really asking of us and WHY?

It's even stranger to get such a request as this one as my previous caseworkers at The State Dept. have warned me on several occasions NOT to go to Puebla!!!!!  They said quite clearly that we are "EASY PREY" and The State Dept., as we all know has no jurisdiction outside the U.S.  They feel that American born kidnapped children are sometimes even held by the Police for ransom!

I welcome any of your comments........I've received several responses thus far and they are a definite NO. "Don't change your Hague Application"....


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Re: Jessica Harrison, taken to Mexico >10 yrs ago...still missing
« Reply #27 on: May 26, 2010, 09:10:53 AM »
I absolutely disagree with removing your request for return.  They are not trying to help you get "access" (ie visitation) they are trying to purge the huge number of "unresolved cases" with Mexico that they have to report on every year without waiting for the children to turn 16 (when they will automatically remove them.)

You absolutely do not need to remove the request for "return" in order to request "access."   You can request both.  I know, because I did.  If you change it, tell them you want to ADD "access" but not REMOVE return.  If you agree to remove return they WILL mark the case as officially closed (they will say "resolved" but it means the same thing).  No one tracks Hague cases for access.  It is also VERY important to highlight that access rights under the Hague Convention are enforced much more weakly than return (basically they are not enforced at all.)

This request from State has nothing to do with helping your family and everything to do with making Mexico not look like the worst Hague signatory in the world with more abducted US children than every other Hague country combined.  
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« Reply #28 on: May 26, 2010, 10:44:26 AM »
Thank you so much Carlos for your response!  Sometimes I feel like I'm "lost at sea".  I look forward to your comments as I get more educated through the emotional years of fighting to bring Jessica home.....
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« Reply #29 on: May 28, 2010, 09:23:50 AM »
WOW!!!!    Carlos, I can't believe the overwhelming response I've been getting from many sources throughout the country re our  Hague Application!  Again, overwhelmingly NO, NO, NO....

                                                                                                                                                               "DO NOT CHANGE YOUR HAGUE APPLICATION"    "DO NOT ALTER THE RETURN FOR YOUR CHILD REQUEST"

As you already said, "access only" requests weaken such cases & then Mexico considers these case requests as "resolved"
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