International child abduction occurs when a parent, relative or acquaintance of a child leaves the country with the child or children in violation of a custody decree or visitation order. Another related situation is retention, where children are taken on an alleged vacation to a foreign country and are not returned.

Whenever one of the parents, takes a child out of the jurisdiction without authorization of the court that granted the sole or joint custody, or violates any international terms or treaties of a valid court order, that is considered as International Parental Child Kidnapping/Abduction.



Abductors may be other family members or their agents. Although in most cases the abductor is a child’s parent. This crime may include incidents in which children are detained or enticed away from the custodial parent. Criminal custodial interference can also be defined to include interference with a court order of, time- sharing visitation or access.

Every year, more than 200,000 cases of international parental child kidnapping are reported in the United States alone. It is common for the removal of a child to occur during a heated or emotional marital dispute, in the early stages of separation or divorce, or in the waiting period for a court custody order or agreement.

Way too many cases of international Parental Child Kidnappings INTO USA have been reported from countries all over the world, including Australia, France, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Spain and the United Kingdom. It makes us wonder… What is wrong with the corrupted judicial Family Court System in the “Land of the Free”?

Why doesn’t the USA comply normally with the rules and policies established by The Hague Convention? Instead, the USA is violating the human rights of these abducted children, who are mostly brought as illegal aliens, keeping them wrongfully retained in the country. Obviously, this is a strict violation of US Federal Immigration laws as well as a violation of international laws and treaties, such as the United Nations Convention for the Protection of the Child and the UN Human Rights Convention.

In addition to these unfavorable circumstances created by a abusive family court system, the tense and hostile situation between the perpetrator and the left behind parent are most certainly be emotionally troubling to the innocent child, who happens to be a victim in the scenario.

Kidnapped children are at high risk for long-term psychological disorders including; anxiety, eating disorders, nightmares, mood swings, an adverse or mistrustful attitude; social withdrawal, alienation; hopelessness; a chronic feeling of disaffection, sleep disturbances, and aggressive behavior.  As adults, child victims of international parental kidnapping may struggle with identity, relationship, and family issues.

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