LEPCA -Lawyers in Europe on Parental Child Abduction


January 21 , 2014

Source : LEPCA 

European conference 7-8-9-(10*) May 2014

The International Child Abduction Center in the Netherlands (Center IKO) is organising the first European conference for family lawyers who represent parents in international parental child abduction cases, called LEPCA.

The conference takes place on 8 & 9 May 2014 in the Peace Palace in The Hague, the Netherlands. Here you will find the program.

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Our partner in this project is Mediation bei internationalen Kindschaftskonflikten (MiKK) in Berlin, Germany. Associate Partner organisations are law firms in Belgium, France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, and Non-Governmental Organisations in Bulgaria, Poland and Romania. In addition, Center IKO has established a network of specialised law firms and NGO’s in many countries within the European Union.
The LEPCA Conference addresses on legal professionals who deal with the subject of international parental child abduction cases under the 1980 Hague Abduction Convention, the Brussels II bis Regulation and the 1996 Hague Child Protection Convention.

The objective of the project is to learn from best practices, exchange ideas and create a platform of specialised parental child abduction lawyers within Europe.

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Parental Child Abduction – Organisations for Left Behind Parents


February 24, 2013

By Martin Waage, ABP World Group Ltd.

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Knowledge and support is needed when the other parent abducts your child/children. There are many organisations run by parents of abducted children, that can provide assistance and counselling and give answers on what to do in the critical first hours, days and weeks. They will also be able to help you find a experienced lawyer that specialises in International Child Abduction Cases.

This is a few of them:

Bachome ( United States)

Reunite ( United Kingdom)

CRN Japan ( United States)

Bring Sean Home Foundation ( United States)

Bortført.no ( Norway) 

Bortført ( Denmark)

Australians With Abducted Children ( Australia)

iCHAPEAU Association ( Canada)

SBN Saknade Barns Närverk ( Sweden)

Please let us know, if there are other organisations you think should be on this list.

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Parental Abduction: Thailand Child Abduction Law


July 14, 2012

Source: Thailand Family Law Center

Child abduction or “child kidnapping” cases typically occur during a child custody dispute, when one parent flees a legal jurisdiction with a child to avoid the jurisdiction of a particular court. International law and Thailand family law may come into play when a child is abducted from a foreign country and taken to Thailand or when a child is taken from Thailand to a foreign country, or when a child is abducted by a parent within Thailand.

Q: What should I do if my child is abducted and taken to Thailand?

A: The first thing a parent must do if a child has been abducted is to contact a qualified Thailand family law attorney and make a police report. A qualified attorney will assist with filing the necessary complaints with legal authorities. Based on the circumstances of each case, a family attorney may file a police report with the relevant embassy in Thailand, or file a formal request pursuant to the Hague Treaty. A Thai Family Law Attorney can file a court complaint with the Thailand family court. If criminal charges are involved, a criminal complaint may also be required.

Q: Can the Hague Convention on Child Abduction be used in Thailand?

A: The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction provides a procedure for parents who have had their children abducted by the other parent. The Hague Treaty on Child Abduction is executed through the governments of treaty member countries, but normally requires an attorney to file the appropriate documents with the government authority responsible for the retrieval of the child.

Thailand has formally acceded to the convention; however, at this time the proper procedures for acting upon the convention have not been codified into Thai law. This means that the convention, falls into an ambiguous area of Thailand law. In certain cases of child abduction originating in Thailand, wherein the child has been taken to a different that is a Hague connection signatory, a Hague Convention action may be filed through the relevant government authorities of the country. However, in cases where a child has been abducted and taken to Thailand, the aggrieved parents’ remedy may be through obtaining a court order from the Thai family court. Cases need to be examined individually.

Q: What is the procedure for retrieving a child who has been taken to Thailand?

A: In order to retrieve a child that has been abducted by a parent in Thailand, the parent who is seeking the return of the child must established custody rights of the child in Thailand Family Courts. A court order of sole custody can then be used by the aggrieved parent to obtain the return of the child. Such action can be enforced by Thailand court and police officials. Depending on the circumstances, a police complaint may also be necessary.

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De bortførte børn har brug for hurtig hjælp


Kilde: B.T

I TV2s programserie ’De bortførte børn’ følger vi Janus Bakrawi og hans forsøg på at hjælpe fire af de ca. 100 bortførte børn hjem til Danmark. Børnene er blevet bortført af enten deres far eller mor til et land i Mellemøsten.

Som syv-årig blev Janus selv bortført af sin far til Jordan. Han var væk hjemmefra i fire år. Janus har derfor en fornemmelse for den situation, som de bortførte børn er i, og som vi andre kan have svært ved helt at forstå. Det er et tiltrængt fokus, der bliver sat på den magtesløshed, som forældrene til de bortførte børn oplever. Med over én million seere er det lykkedes Janus og TV2 at sætte et markant fokus på problemet. Godt gået, Janus!

De fleste forældre vil kunne nikke genkendende til frygten for at miste et barn. Desværre er det virkeligheden for mange. I Udenrigsministeriet gør man, hvad man kan for at få børnene hjem, men det er alt for ofte ikke nok. For at få de bortførte børn hjem er man ofte nødt til at bruge alternative kanaler. De skal ikke erstatte Udenrigsministeriets officielle kanaler, men ses som et supplement.

Der der hårdt brug for finansiering af arbejdet med ’de alternative kanaler.’ For det er ikke billigt at rejse frem og tilbage, og ofte vil den tilbageværende forælder og støtterne have svært ved at skaffe pengene til flybilletter, telefonregninger, hotelophold, m.m.

Jeg husker, da jeg selv var i Syrien og hente en lille dreng, Adam, hjem: Der var fonde, man kunne søge, men sagsbehandlingen tog for lang tid. I sådanne situationer skal der handles resolut. I Adams situation frygtede vi at faren ville rejse videre fra Syrien til Irak og derfor skulle der handles resolut. Dengang lagde jeg selv ud og kom hjem med en mobilregning på 20.000 kr., fordi jeg løbende skulle ringe hjem og orientere Adams mor. Plus regninger for flybilletter og hotelophold. Da jeg kom hjem, fik jeg dækket noget af beløbet af moderens bopæls kommune, men ikke hele beløbet. Udenrigsministeriet ville ikke dække noget. Men det var alle pengene værd at se Adam i sin mors favn i Danmark.

Men ikke alle har mulighed for at lægge pengene ud. Derfor er der brug for at etablere en fond. En fond, med en bestyrelse som består af erhvervs- og kulturfolk, hvor pengene er øremærket kampen for at få de bortførte børn hjem igen, så de, der gerne vil hjælpe, har mulighed for at søge midler –  med hurtig sagsbehandling. Det har jeg opfordret Janus Bakrawi til at arbejde for.

Jeg synes, at det utrolig godt at se, at folk med en anden kulturel baggrund – folk som Janus – går ind i dette projekt. Kendskab til kulturen i det pågældende land, og at man taler sproget, er oftest det, der kan flytte bjerget.

Janus er hverken frembrusende eller forstillet. Man er ikke et sekund i tvivl om, at han gør dette, fordi han selv er personligt engageret og ønsker at gøre en forskel. Og for dem, Janus hjælper, gør han en fantastisk forskel.

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Tv-hold jagter bortført datter


Kilde: sn.dk

Korsør: Zena Rohrberg og hendes søn Niclas Rohrberg har siden sommeren 2005 siddet hjælpeløse tilbage i Korsør.

Far og eksmand Naser Al-Ali, bortførte i sommeren 2005 parrets fælles datter, Nadia Rohrberg, som blev sendt til Libanon, hvor hun skulle bo hos sin onkel, fordi hun efter faderens mening var blevet for dansk.

De danske myndigheder kunne ikke hjælpe med at få datteren hjem. Dansk politi fængslede i begyndelsen af 2006 faderen, der boede i Tyskland, for kidnapningen, men Nadia måtte blive i Libanon, fordi han fortsat ikke ville hjælpe.

Zena Rohrberg havde stort set opgivet håbet, da Dokumenter Kompagniet fik øjnene op for sagen.

– Vi startede faktisk fra nul. Vi havde hørt om den her historie flere gange gennem de seneste år, når moderen har været fremme og fortælle, at hun var ulykkelig over, at der ikke blev gjort noget, forklarer Lars Høj, der er producent på programmet.

Havde givet op

Tv-holdet fik kontakt til en frustreret og opgivende Zena Rohrberg.

– Hun ville enormt gerne have hjælp af os, men havde meget svært ved at tro, at det skulle lykkedes, fordi hun så mange gange tidligere var blevet skuffet. Det oplever vi også i programmet, at hun bliver skuffet flere gange, fortæller producenten, der sammen med moderen undrede sig over de danske myndigheder.

– Godt nok er det Libanon, men så farligt er det heller ikke. Det er jo et land Danmark er i kontakt med, fortæller producenten.

I jagten på Nadia må tv-holdet blandt andet i kontakt med en Hitzbollah-officer, et højtstående medlem af PLO og en lokal borgmester.

Netop derfor måtte de have hjælp af lokale personer.

– Vi kunne ikke gå til den her familie og tro, at de ville slippe Nadia. Så vi var nødt til at finde nogen i klanen, den politiske struktur eller andre, der har en eller anden indflydelse på familien, fastslår Lars Høj og fortsætter.

– Der er vi på helt vildt usikker grund. Derfor allierer vi os med lokale folk i Libanon, der ved hvordan tingene fungerer, og som er klar over, hvor farlig onklen er, hvornår han er det, og hvordan vi skal behandle ham.

Om det lykkedes at få Nadia Rohrberg til Danmark efter seks år i Libanon, afsløres på TV2 mandag kl. 20.00, når andet afsnit af “De bortførte børn” sendes.

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Politikere vil hjælpe bortførte børn


Source: TV2.dk

Her til aften er der bred politisk enighed om, at der skal sættes ekstra ind for at finde de børn, der bliver bortført af en forælder til udlandet.

Det sker efter, at TV 2 i aften viste en dokumentar, der sætter spørgsmåls­tegn ved, om politiet handler hurtigt nok, når børn er forsvundet.

Det er sagen om Nadia Larsens syvårige datter, der nu får politikerne på banen. Den syvårige pige blev bortført af sin far og havde været væk i fem måneder, da Nadia Larsen fik at vide, at politiet ikke havde tid til at finde hendes datter.

V og DF: Det er ikke godt nok
Midt- og Vestsjællands Politi har undskyldt behandlingen, men det er ikke godt nok, lyder det til aften fra Venstre og Dansk Folkeparti. De vil samle politiindsatsen i bortførelsessager.

“Uanset omstændighederne, så er det så vigtigt, at man handler hurtigt. Det skal blive bedre. Derfor foreslår vi, at man laver en specialgruppe inden for politiet, der har de rigtige kompetencer og ressourcer. Så det her arbejde kommer til at køre meget bedre,” siger Dansk Folkepartis retsordfører Peter Skaarup til TV 2 | NYHEDERNE.

Hans kollega i Venstre, Karsten Lauritzen, er enig:

“Der er få af de her sager, heldigvis, men det betyder også, at de politifolk der har dem, ikke har de kompetencer, der skal til. Derfor ville det give god mening at samle det her et sted – f.eks. under Rigspolitiet.”

Minister skal ind i sagen
Lige nu er omkring 100 danske børn bortført til udlandet af deres mor eller far. Med få sager om året i hver politikreds er også regeringspartiet åbne for at samle indsatsen i en form for netværk.

“I første omgang handler det om, at få de ressourcer der er i sving og tale bedre sammen. Men det skal ikke være pengene, der er en begrænsningen for, at vi får hjulpet nogle børn,” siger Socialdemokraternes retsordfører Ole Hækkerup til TV 2.

Nadia Larsen endte med at få sin datter hjem, og nu er der åbnet op for, at en samlet politiindsats måske kan hjælpe andre familier.

Den socialdemokratiske retsordfører vil nu tage politiets muligheder op med justitsminister Morten Bødskov.

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DE BORTFØRTE BØRN PÅ TV 2


Kilde: Dansk Film Institutt

TV-PREMIERE. 2. januar er der premiere på dokumentarserien “De bortførte børn”, hvor skuespiller Janus Nabil Bakrawi optræder i en ny rolle. Han opsporer børn, der er blevet bortført til udlandet af en af deres forældre og efterlader den anden magtesløs tilbage. Serien er støttet af Public Service Puljen.

Lige nu er omkring 100 danske børn bortført til udlandet af deres far eller mor. Mange børn får ingen hjælp, men lever i uvished langt væk fra deres trygge tilværelse i Danmark, fjernet fra deres far eller mor og kammerater.

I dokumentarserien ”De bortførte børn” går skuespilleren Janus Nabil Bakrawi sammen med TV 2 ind i fire sager om børn, der er bortført. De efterladte forældre har bedt om hjælp, fordi de er utilfredse med myndighedernes manglende indsats for at få børnene hjem. Janus Nabil Bakrawi og tv-holdet tager over, hvor systemet har givet op og drager ud i verden for at finde børnene. De forsøger at mægle mellem forældre og løse konflikter, så barnet igen kan komme hjem. Det er blevet til fire dramatiske fortællinger, hvor vi møder forældre midt i deres livs mareridt.

Fokus på overset problem

Janus Nabil Bakrawi, kendt fra bl.a. “Taxa”, “Ørnen” og “Forbrydelsen II” indtager i serien rollen som både studievært, researcher, detektiv og mægler. Han trækker på egne barske erfaringer, da han som 7-årig blev hentet til Jordan af sin far og først vendte tilbage til Danmark fire år senere. Derfor ønsker han med serien at åbne offentlighedens øjne for det oversete problem:

“Jeg har selv været bortført som barn, men er kommet ud på den anden side. Jeg opsøger både forældre og børn og kan sætte mig ind i en sag fra flere sider. Jeg forsøger også at få politikere i tale, for det er et voksende problem. Jeg synes, det er vigtigt, at danskerne bliver oplyst om problematikken, og at politikerne tager stilling,” siger Bakrawi.

Dokumentaristen Lars Høj, som tidligere har været ophavsmand til TV 2-dokumentarer som “Er du mors lille dreng?” og opfølgeren “Er du stadig mors lille dreng?” har tilrettelagt serien sammen med Nikolaj Venge for Dokumentar Kompagniet. Serien har modtaget 3,8 mio. kr. fra Public Service Puljen.

“De bortførte børn” har premiere på TV 2 mandag 2. januar 2012 kl. 20.00 —

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Increase In Parental Child Abduction From UK


8:26am UK, Wednesday June 29, 2011

The numer of abductions of British children by parents who then take them abroad has risen by 10% in the past year – prompting a campaign to combat the problem.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said the latest figures show one British child is taken every two days – a total of 161 in 2010/11.

The number taken to countries that have not signed up to an international treaty designed to ensure the return of minors who are wrongfully removed from the UK was up from 146 and 105 in the previous two years.

And it is feared the numbers may be even higher because of those that go unreported.

Countries that have not signed up to the 1980 Hague Convention are not compelled to abide by a UK court order.

The most obvious warning sign is a break down in a relationship but other signs may include a sudden interest in getting a passport or copy birth certificate for the child; a parent expressing a wish to holiday alone with the child.

FCO minister Jeremy Browne hopes the campaign will help people understand what they can do if they think their child may be at risk.

“The latest figures suggest the problem affects people from all walks of life and not just certain types of families or particular countries,” Mr Browne said.

“Finding a solution can be especially difficult if a child has been taken to a non-Hague country as there are no international systems in place to help you.

“This is why prevention is so important. The FCO will do whatever we can to provide advice and support but our role is limited, not least because we cannot interfere in the laws of another country.”

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Evidence shows many abductions happen around school holidays when a parent refuses to return a child following a visit to the parent’s home country.

The problem has become widespread, with figures last year showing the FCO handled cases in 97 “non-Hague” countries ranging from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

The message will be passed through websites Mumsnet and the Fatherhood Institute to spread the prevention message and make people aware of the support it can provide.

Sharon Cooke, from Reunite International Child Abduction Centre, said while sometimes there were no warning signs, there were things people could look for which might indicate their child was at risk.

“The most obvious warning sign is a breakdown in a relationship,” she said.

Jeremy Browne MP

FCO minister Jeremy Browne is backing the scheme

“Other signs may include a sudden interest in getting a passport or copy birth certificate for the child; a parent expressing a wish to holiday alone with the child; a change in circumstances such as leaving employment or redundancy, selling a house or giving up tenancy.

“There may also be a sudden change in contact arrangements or constant difficulty in being able to see the child.”

She added: “There’s often a perception – fuelled by a number of high profile cases – that it’s about fathers abducting their children.

“However, statistics show it is mainly mothers – either intentionally or unintentionally.

“The psychological impact on children can be traumatic and for the left-behind parent, the shock and loss are unbearable, particularly if they don’t know where their child is.”

:: Anyone worried their child might be at risk, or whose child has been abducted, can call the Child Abduction Section at the Foreign Office on 0207 008 0878.

People can also log on to the FCO’s website or contact Reunite on 0116 2556 234.

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Parental Kidnapping – What to Do When the Other Parent Will Not Return the Child


I hope you never need this article. Very rarely does it happen, but there are times that one parent goes off the deep end and decides that the Orders of the Court are not meant for them.

Children are taken out of school, hidden at relatives’ homes, and secreted from the “custodial” parent. (In this context custodial means the parent who should have that child during that time frame or the parent with the majority contact time.)

The first step is to make sure that the current Order is clear and specific enough to be enforceable. Whether law enforcement will assist when one parent violates a court ordered contact schedule has a lot to do with how clearly written it is. Even with the most clearly written order there are times that law enforcement will not want to get involved. This is when the Court needs to be contacted. Emergency Motions are some of the most overused motions around.

Judges hate them because 1) everyone wants to call every bad situation an emergency and domestic cases are nothing but bad situations and 2) because they are being asked to make decisions without letting the other side tell their story. If there is a remedy for the violation (if that parent should not have had this two weeks of summer, but the judge could take other time away from the offender without harm to the child) short of asking the Judge to take the child via police, that is the road to go down. Judges can punish violations with Orders for attorneys fees, extra time for the other parent, moving to supervised or having other parameters or limitations…without having to traumatize a child with a ride in a police car.

If there is no remedy that will truly keep the child safe, in the event of escalating obvious mental health issues and increasingly bold violations..the Court can enter a Pick Up Order. This court order will describe the child and the parent who has them wrongfully, and it will authorize the police to pick the child up. The Order should be drafted to include all the places the child could reasonably be, with the most obvious listed first.

The Order may indicate that law enforcement is authorized to enter a home in order to find the child, and that they can do this at any hour. Without this provision, most law enforcement agencies are going to “stake out” a home only. If the person has taken the child to other locations, it may be necessary to hire a PI to attempt to find them and then call in law enforcement to pick up the child..many police agencies are just too overworked to spend days or even hours trying to hunt up parents who have stolen their children.

Ultimately, there are remedies in these situations, but the process can take a while and can be scary in the meantime. It is important to understand that long term, the parents who follow court orders, who show respect to the Judge’s determinations and work within the system will long term get much better results. Once a parent pushes things to the point of requiring this type of action, they have usually lost the Judge’s trust and are working against themselves.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/3651962

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Plan to sign Hague Convention welcome but children’s best interests should come first


Source: The Mainichi Daily News
Japan’s new policy of signing the Hague Convention that stipulates the treatment of children from failed international marriages in custody disputes has been approved by Cabinet ministers, with Prime Minister Naoto Kan planning to announce the decision at a G8 Summit set to take place in France on May 26 and 27.

Officially called the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction or the Hague Abduction Convention, the treaty went into effect in 1983, and counts 84 countries, primarily in the West, as its signatories.

According to the Hague Convention, if a child is removed from their country of habitual residence and a parent petitions for the child’s return to that country, the government of the country to where the child has been taken has the responsibility of cooperating with the child’s return and in negotiations for talks between the respective parents’ parties.

Japan has been facing increasing pressure from Western nations to sign the treaty because of a significant number of cases in which Japanese mothers removed their children from other countries and returned to Japan. The Japanese Foreign Ministry has set up opportunities for periodic consultation with parties from both the U.S. and France — citizens of which Japan nationals have shown to have a great number of custody disputes — and have consulted on a total of 130 individual cross-border custody cases.

In some cases, bringing a child back to Japan without consent from the other parent has resulted in parents facing charges of abduction. That many such parents claim to be victims of domestic violence complicates these cases even further, and such allegations of abuse make the argument that joining the convention raises concerns for the protection of Japanese citizens and goes against the child’s interests understandable.

Meanwhile, Japanese partners whose children have been removed from Japan have pushed for Japan to sign the treaty, with hopes that it would help resolve their own custody disputes.

The Hague Convention includes special exemptions, including one that states that a child does not have to be returned to their country of habitual residence in cases where doing so would pose a great risk of physical or emotional pain for them. This exemption is key.

According to the Japanese Foreign Ministry, of the approximately 800 cases of child custody suits around the world in which a parent is seeking the child’s return, the abovementioned exemption has been permitted in 30 percent of cases — ruling that the children did not have to be returned.

These special cases include those in which there remain the chances of a mother becoming a victim of domestic violence if she and her child were to return to their country of habitual residence; or if the child were to return on their own but would suffer if separated from the mother; or in cases in which the child cannot be expected to receive sufficient care upon return. From these cases, it is apparent that courts of various countries around the world are taking a relatively flexible approach to the convention.

Signing the convention and searching for solutions based on internationally-recognized rules is an unavoidable path for Japan. Yet, we must protect our citizens based on the actual nature of each case in a way that adheres with the treaty.

Whether or not a child brought to Japan should be returned to their previous country of residence will be decided by Japanese courts based on the law. The government is set to add a provision to its Hague-Convention bill indicating that in cases that involve allegations of child abuse or of domestic violence by one partner against another, the child can be stopped from being returned to their country of habitual residence.

One of the major factors at the base of cross-border custody disputes is the difference in how custody is perceived. Joint custody is common in many of the convention’s signatory nations, with children often going back and forth between their divorced parents. In Japan, however, sole custody is more common, and is often granted to the mother.

As the number of international marriages continues to rise, we must think about what really constitutes our children’s best interests.

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