News Update October 3, 2008

LetterWe have received an electronic copy of a letter from The Special Secretariat for Human Rights of the Presidency of the Republic of Brazil.

The last paragraph states:
“From the point of view of the Secretariat for Human Rights, as the biological father exercises the legal custody of the child in the United States, the establishment of temporary custody rights in Brazil on behalf of the step father violates  the Hague Convention. For this reason, the Secretariat sent a formal message to the National Council of Justice to manifest its concern with the conduction of the case by the local Family court.”

While that sounds very positive, not being fully knowledgeable with the Brazilian judicial system we can only wonder how long the process will take,  appeals filed, delays granted, more appeals………. You can download the document, it’s a MS Word (.doc) file and review it.

If you do not have a recent version of MS Word you can download a free viewer from Microsoft. > Word Viewer 2003. The letter will be converted to a web page.

The letter is posted on the Media & Documents page or just click right Here.

Yes the layout of the blog was changed and it’s still being “tweaked.” :)


10 Responses to “News Update October 3, 2008”

  1. KK says:

    Can anyone provide a translation of David’s Letter into Portuguese?

  2. KK says:

    I figured it out, sorry.

  3. Jo says:

    Hi David,
    What if you let us know the name of the Jude who gave Joao Paulo temporary custody, than we can start call him and/or e-mail questioning his motive, and what is exactly his relationship with Lins e Silva family. Just a thought.

  4. Jo says:

    Ops, where says Jude, reads Judge. Sorry!

  5. Sonyamarshall says:

    I agree, I think that if we get the judges name – we can bombard with emails and phone calls. I hope david’s lawyers in Brazil are influential. I have been emailing away to all these contacts. I have sent letters… I received some responses back but they are very vague…

  6. djchavel says:

    Since I first heard about this story, I frequently visit the site for more updates. Please keep the information coming. I think the more public David is with his progress, the more likely he will keep collecting people who can make a difference.

    This story hits a real cord with many Americans but as a culture, we need new information to keep our interest. I know that seems shallow, but it is the absolute truth. Keep updating the site and more people will visit. The more people that visit, a greater awareness about this travesty will occur.

    Here are some relevant links to people interested in learning more about the office that wrote this letter:

    Wikipedia Description of the position:

    Official Website for this office:

    This site contains a picture of the director:

  7. Sonyamarshall says:

    I have been having a conversation (small one) with Patricia Lamego de Teixeira Soares ( . In her last email it states that – actually I will cut, copy and paste what we have been going back and forth on…. What I don’t get is if what she is saying is true.. why isn’t Sean back with David… so I emailed her and asked how many years of appeals is it going to take. will Sean be 18? She hasn’t responded…

    RES: RES: David & Sean Goldman‏
    From: Patricia Lamego de Teixeira Soares (
    Sent: Mon 10/06/08 2:03 PM
    To: Sonya Marshall (
    Cc: Laila Kesya Tavares De Lima (

    The case was filed before a Federal court in Rio de Janeiro last September 26th, access rights to father were immediately granted by Federal judge.

    —–Mensagem original—–
    De: Sonya Marshall []
    Enviada em: quinta-feira, 2 de outubro de 2008 21:37
    Para: Patricia Lamego de Teixeira Soares
    Assunto: RE: RES: David & Sean Goldman

    There was no date on that letter – when did this happen and when will the child be in the US

    “Inconvenient truths do not go away just because they are not seen.” ~ Al Gore

    Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2008 08:06:19 -0300
    Subject: RES: David & Sean Goldman

    —–Mensagem original—–
    De: Sonya Marshall []
    Enviada em: sábado, 27 de setembro de 2008 10:36
    Para: Patricia Lamego de Teixeira Soares
    Assunto: David & Sean Goldman

    Good Morning,

    I recently stumbled across one of the saddest most inhumane stories of child abduction I have ever read. I am talking about the story of David and Sean Goldman. I am sure that this is not the first email that you have received on this case, but just in case it is I am going to add his web site and story of what happened to him. I think that Sean needs to be reunited with his father immediately, if not sooner. This man, David, was torn from his son by a woman who was evil and she brought him to Brazil. Bruna Goldman is the woman and she happens to be the child’s mother and David’s wife. She took their son after using the ploy she was going to Brazil to visit family. She stayed there. Since then she had remarried and passed away while delivering the child of her new husband, but the son is still in custody of the second husband in Brazil. How can this be? How can our government not work this out for this family? How can this not have already been remedied. Why has this man not been allowed access to his son. Why is the U.S Government not doing anything about Brazil breaking all kinds of international kidnapping laws.

    I am in the process of sending his story to the local and national media. He has appeared on Good Morning America last week. This man needs our help. How can we let a government keep a child of US Citizenship?? How is any of this correct???

    Thank you for your time,

    Sonya Marshall

  8. djchavel says:

    Please keep us updated Sonya on what she says. I would like to know what case she is referring to. She must have her facts mixed up as this is not mentioned elsewhere on the site.

  9. Sonyamarshall says:

    This is another person that responded to an email I sent…

    International Bar Association Conference‏
    From: Pilar Nolla Rodriguez (
    Sent: Wed 10/08/08 4:35 AM
    To: Pilar Nolla Rodriguez (

    Dear all,

    Thank you all very much for your e-mails and the information contained in them.

    I will try by all means to speak with Mr. Paulo Lins e Silva in private, as we will meet at the conference in Argentina, and I hope that my help will be useful for David’s battle to recover his son.

    Kind regards to all of you,

    Silvia Giménez-Salinas Colomer

    Gimenez-Salinas & Trias de Bes, Abogados
    Balmes 209, 2a planta
    08006 Barcelona – España
    Telf : 00 34 (9) 3 2184000
    Fax : 00 34 (9) 3 2183444

  10. JamesJosephs says:

    I received this e-mail from the Office of Children’s Issues at the State Department today.

    Abduction USCA to me
    show details 8:23 AM


    Thank you for your correspondence regarding David Goldman’s efforts to have his son, Sean, returned from Brazil. The Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues and our Embassy in Brasilia are doing everything we can diplomatically to help Mr. Goldman reunite with his son. We are working closely with the Brazilian Central Authority to pursue Sean’s return under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Consular staff in Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro is monitoring Mr. Goldman’s case in the Brazilian federal courts as well.

    Our heartfelt compassion goes out to Mr. Goldman. International child abduction is a tragedy that no parent should have to endure. The Department of State places the highest priority on the welfare of children who have been victimized by international parental child abduction. The Office of Children’s Issue works diligently every day on behalf of children who have been wrongfully removed or retained in foreign countries around the world.

    We remain committed to assisting Mr. Goldman until his case is resolved in Brazil. We appreciate your concern and support and will make sure your message is conveyed to Mr. Goldman and to our colleagues and counterparts in Brazil.

    The Office of Children’s Issues
    Office of Overseas Citizens Services
    Bureau of Consular Affairs
    U.S. Department of State

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