IAPCR

International Association for Parent Child Reunion
August 19, 2010

Articles on Child Abduction by Timothy Maier

IAPCR would like to share some older articles written in 1999 and 2000 by Timothy Maier. He focused on Europe and the Middle East but the problems he writes about are the same problems we face today in Japan and many other countries all over the world.

Even more upset with this report was Rep. Nick Lampson, D-Texas, chairman of the House Caucus onMissing and Exploited Children, who says the State Department report not only is inaccurate but violates the statutory reporting requirements. Lampson calls the report “unacceptable to Congress.”…as soon as a foreign country denies a U.S. parent’s Hague application, the State Department regards the case as resolved and no longer active.

Mr. Maier constantly criticized the State Department for their incompetence. All of the obstacles we face today were present 10 years ago (the way State classifies cases, how countries are seen as compliant or non-compliant in relation to the Hague, misleading Congress, unwillingness to protect its own citizens, unwillingness to prosecute child abductors, etc.)

From State Department attorney Tom Johnson, also a left behind parent, “The (State) Department’s bad faith is especially evident with regard to this point, since Congress itself estimated there to be 10,000 abducted American children abroad when it passed the 1993 International Parental Kidnapping Crimes Act. Congress knows that even the State Department admits to 500 to 1000 new cases annually, and Congress knows that the National Center’s estimate is up to 17,000 per year. These numbers include both Hague and non-Hague cases, but nevertheless indicate the extent of the Department’s attempt to mislead Congress with a report of only 58 unresolved cases.”

Timothy Maier interviews parents and introduces their cases and pleas for help.  He mentions States refusal to call these atrocities “human rights violations”. Maier talks about Sweden, Saudia Arabia, Germany, France and the parents who abducted their kids to those countries. He talks about how the FBI is reluctant to help it own citizens. He is insightful. Every article sheds light on the problems left behind parents face.

Articles (in pdf)

All Talk no Action on Stolen Children

Countries Ignore Hague Convention

Complicity in Child Abduction

Lady Meyer Struggles for Parental Rights

Kidnapped Kids Cry Out for Help

Justice Ignores Stolen Kids

A Great Escape

Share and Enjoy:
  • services sprite Articles on Child Abduction by Timothy Maier
  • services sprite Articles on Child Abduction by Timothy Maier
  • services sprite Articles on Child Abduction by Timothy Maier
  • services sprite Articles on Child Abduction by Timothy Maier
  • services sprite Articles on Child Abduction by Timothy Maier
  • services sprite Articles on Child Abduction by Timothy Maier
  • services sprite Articles on Child Abduction by Timothy Maier
  • services sprite Articles on Child Abduction by Timothy Maier
  • services sprite Articles on Child Abduction by Timothy Maier
  • services sprite Articles on Child Abduction by Timothy Maier
  • services sprite Articles on Child Abduction by Timothy Maier

Related posts:

  1. International Divorce, the Hague, &
    Japanese Family Law
  2. In the Best Interests of the Court:
    What American Lawyers Need to
    Know about Child Custody
    and Visitation in Japan
  3. Study Session about Reforming Japanese Family Law
  4. Bumpy road to child custody pact
  5. From the Shadows. A documentary film
    that examines parental abduction and
    retention in Japan

Leave a Comment



 

Switch to our desktop site