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Offline Martin

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International - Contacting legislators
« on: January 16, 2010, 11:13:13 AM »
A few days ago I mentioned getting legislators across the countries where LBPs on these forums live in touch with each other so that a coordinated effort can be launched.
 
Here's a starter: Bill Olner MP is the chair of the House of Commons All Party Parliamentary Group on Child Abduction at the UK parliament. The House of Commons is the lower chamber.
 
His address is:
 
Bill Olner MP
House of Commons
London
SW1A 0AA
 
olnerb@parliament.uk
 
Perhaps members of BSH could write to him directly to explain what happened to Sean Goldman and what the US government did to support David's efforts to get him back. They could also ask him what the UK government's position is on child abduction and what it is doing in the case of Brazil - my case can be brought up as an example of how a clear pattern of behaviour is emerging with respect to Brazil.
 
A request to Congressman Chris Smith and Sen Frank Lautenberg to contact Bill Olner and also Jack Straw, the Secretary of State and person with overall responsibility at the Ministry of Justice (info at:
http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/ministerial_responsibilities/departments/justice.aspx#ministers1)
would also help get the ball rolling.
 
We have LBPs from Canada, Australia and the Netherlands as well on these forums so perhaps they can put up contact details for their respective legislators as well. I know that there is a Canadian initiative running at the moment - Francois Larivee knows about this. We should also not forget that, while we are focusing on Brazil (and Japan now) , our countries are in no way paragons of virtue here - see Karl Hindle's horrific experiences with the US system.
 
This is just for starters - as someone commented, Brazil is on the back foot at the moment and we need to pile the pressure on them through our governments.

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Re: International - Contacting legislators
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2010, 11:27:56 PM »
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada has a "International Child Abductions: Manual for Parents" with a contact list for every Federal and Provincial Department of Justice plus non-governmental organizations.
 
http://www.voyage.gc.ca/publications/child-abductions_enlevements-enfants-eng.asp

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Re: International - Contacting legislators
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2010, 01:12:20 AM »
Quote from: Phoebe;65866
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada has a "International Child Abductions: Manual for Parents" with a contact list for every Federal and Provincial Department of Justice plus non-governmental organizations.
 
http://www.voyage.gc.ca/publications/child-abductions_enlevements-enfants-eng.asp

 
Our handbook lists all the "right" people to call also, but all of them were impotent ,uinterested or downright uncooperative. A specific name would be better than a list. We can always bombard one at a time. I just picked up a book of stamps (something I haven't used since stamps were 32cents), and a box of envelopes. I'm firing off SASE's to friends also.

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« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2010, 03:02:30 AM »
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Our handbook lists all the "right" people to call also, but all of them were impotent ,uinterested or downright uncooperative. A specific name would be better than a list. We can always bombard one at a time. I just picked up a book of stamps (something I haven't used since stamps were 32cents), and a box of envelopes. I'm firing off SASE's to friends also.

 
It is difficult to help with the Quebec Child Abduction Case as Quebec is a French speaking province within Canada and to contact someone in Quebec you would need to communicate in French.  A bit like having a foreign country within a country.  It would be good if there were some Canadians who speak and understand French.

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Re: International - Contacting legislators
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2010, 05:16:01 PM »
Who are the direct counterparts of Sen Lautenberg and Congressman Chris Smith in Canada? I mention these people because they were the legislators who were most visibly instrumental in the Goldman case. Does the Canadian parliament have the equivalent of the UK's All Party Child Abduction Group? As far as Quebec is concerned, it is the federal government in Ottawa that is the body that needs to be contacted. Brazil abd the US, like Canada, have federal systems where individual states have a degree of autonomy but it is the federal governments that call the shots in the end when it comes to matters like international child abduction. If we can connect like with like in terms of parliamentary/ legislative function, we stand a better chance of getting a unified and coherent response.


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