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Offline Brazilady

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Re: Background Information
« Reply #30 on: March 19, 2009, 11:33:18 PM »
Hi Tweinstein,
Where are you? And How are you? Are you OK? I imagine that the phone conversation you had with your son was hard. I hope you are well. Please, let us know if you are OK. We're here to support you!
Hang in there!

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Re: Background Information
« Reply #31 on: March 21, 2009, 12:48:08 AM »
Beautiful children. Horrible situation. For some reason I kept wondering to myself what happens if your ex gets remarried. If my girls (step) said stuff like what your boy said to me, I don't know if I could keep it together. My situation is only 1 year old this week and it is all so raw for me. My wife used to ask why I don't show such enthusiasm for her as I do for the kids. I said "because they're kids!". Why can't some people understand that it is natural to show a little extra expression for kids. Children are tender and I think they need more expressive support. I know my girls appreciate it and keep me in their hearts a little more because they know I always care.
 
Would your kids be ok with you arranging for them to be snatched while on a vacation abroad and sent to you in the US, or if Brazil miraculously sends them back via the Hague?

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Re: Background Information
« Reply #32 on: March 21, 2009, 08:41:21 AM »
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Beautiful children. Thank you. Horrible situation. For some reason I kept wondering to myself what happens if your ex gets remarried. We're still married, though not in Brazil. She has told me that she doesn't want to get remarried(particularly to a Brazilian man who would likely cheat on her).
Would your kids be ok with you arranging for them to be snatched while on a vacation abroad and sent to you in the US I would never do that, or if Brazil miraculously sends them back via the Hague? They love both of their parents. My ideal solution would be some arrangement in which they had access to both parents.

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Re: Background Information
« Reply #33 on: March 21, 2009, 05:32:44 PM »
Hi, everyone

My name is Sean and I send everyone here warm greetings.

My son has recently been abducted by his mother. He is currently being held in southern Brazil, in a small town just outside of Curitiba, Parana.

I will create an introductory post here either today or tomorrow. Let me tell you though that the process of gathering information and documents for the State Department, etc, has me physically and emotionally drained. The fight is worth it, but I pray that G-d gives me strength to continue the fight. My son must be returned to his country.

I do have a question about Interpol:

I have been to their site and research many pages. But I cannot for the life of me figure out how to report the kidnapping of my son by my estranged wife. Would anyone that knows how to do it kindly point me in the right direction?

Thank you in advance.

Again, I will be creating an introductory thread about my case. With background information about my case and how long I have been here at Bring Sean Home Forums as a lurker.

G-d Bless!

Sean
 




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You are exactly correct. One of the first things you have to do when you file a case under the Hague Convention is to register your children and the abductor with Interpol.

http://www.interpol.int/public/icpo/default.asp

It would be foolish to think that I haven't thought of offering a nice ski vacation to Argentina or Chile (two countries that not only were early-adopters of the Hague Convention, but are compliant). My wife's not that dumb (or at least her attorney isn't) to let that happen.

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Never stop, never stop fighting till the fight is done…here endeth the lesson."

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Re: Background Information
« Reply #34 on: March 21, 2009, 08:01:52 PM »
FYI:
I Private Messaged Sean and provided my personal email address and phone number. I looked at an online directory and there are 7 people in Massachusetts with his exact same name(and the right age). Hopefully he will contact me soon so that I can guide him in the right direction. Unfortunately, there are still many more left-behind parents that will come forward.

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Re: Background Information
« Reply #35 on: March 31, 2009, 06:11:58 PM »
Tweinstein, is there any news on your case? Do you have any plans to go visit your children in Brazil (or hopefully bring them back home)?

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Re: Background Information
« Reply #36 on: March 31, 2009, 09:11:47 PM »
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Tweinstein, is there any news on your case? Do you have any plans to go visit your children in Brazil (or hopefully bring them back home)?
The same old, same old. Although I was assured that I would see the psychologist's report as soon as it was finished (which happened in January), and asked again over a month ago once I learned that it was given to the judge(in February), I haven't seen it yet. Otherwise, I continue to talk to my son on a near daily basis and my daughter less frequently. His birthday is this Thursday and I will be eating a piece of cake at his request. As for visiting them, I am free during the summer, so I plan on going sometime in June or July. Hopefully by then, there will have been some progress on the legal front. In terms of other things I am working on, I continue to hit roadblocks in obtaining contact information for other left-behind parents. I have now written 3 articles and as soon as Karl Hindle proofreads them, he'll publish the next one.

Thanks for asking. You can be sure that if anything substantive happens, I'll be sure to tell everybody.

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Re: Background Information
« Reply #37 on: April 16, 2009, 10:52:14 PM »
Is it me or should you be substantially closer to getting some results from your Hague Petition...
Devon Davenport - Father of Nadia Lynn ;)

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« Reply #38 on: April 17, 2009, 06:15:16 AM »
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Is it me or should you be substantially closer to getting some results from your Hague Petition...
It's you. I have not been told an explanation for why I haven't had a ruling since the trial over 13 months ago. Unfortunately, I'm not the only person in the same situation. Kelvin Birotte's trial was within days of mine and he is still waiting for a ruling. At least my case hasn't changed judges 13 times like Ariel Ayubo's.

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« Reply #39 on: April 17, 2009, 08:59:02 AM »
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It's you. I have not been told an explanation for why I haven't had a ruling since the trial over 13 months ago. Unfortunately, I'm not the only person in the same situation. Kelvin Birotte's trial was within days of mine and he is still waiting for a ruling. At least my case hasn't changed judges 13 times like Ariel Ayubo's.

:cwm40: Ahh "I see" said the blind man
 
I'm curious as to why the current pressure on Brazil hasn't resulted in many current cases that have been in the system to be acted on and resolved quicker. You'd think that as the Goldman case is being worked through, that judges would take initiative to handle "expeditiously" those cases which they've yet to make decisions about...I dunno, because of that reason i feel as though Brazil isn't taking things as serious as they should OR they are thinking that as long as they handle Goldmans case, then all is well and have no regard to the other abducted children.
Devon Davenport - Father of Nadia Lynn ;)

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Re: Background Information
« Reply #40 on: April 17, 2009, 10:54:06 AM »
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It's you. I have not been told an explanation for why I haven't had a ruling since the trial over 13 months ago. Unfortunately, I'm not the only person in the same situation. Kelvin Birotte's trial was within days of mine and he is still waiting for a ruling. At least my case hasn't changed judges 13 times like Ariel Ayubo's.
Your case is already in the Federal Court isn't it?  I too can't believe this is continuing, you would think with David's case getting so much attention Brazil would hurry and do the right thing with all the other Hague cases.

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« Reply #41 on: April 17, 2009, 05:21:29 PM »
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Your case is already in the Federal Court isn't it?  I too can't believe this is continuing, you would think with David's case getting so much attention Brazil would hurry and do the right thing with all the other Hague cases.
My case has been in Federal Court since day one. I think that part of the problem is that Brazil does not have a centralized court system for handling Hague Convention cases. As such, individual judges don't necessarily feel the pressure that we keep talking about. Unfortunately, we have the same problem in the U.S. when we handle incoming Convention cases.

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« Reply #42 on: April 17, 2009, 09:07:41 PM »
I just informed by the OCI today that the BCA will be receiving soon the psychological evaluation of my children. There are a few things to consider about this evaluation. It was. . .

  • ordered in March, 2008
  • conducted in November, 2008
  • given to the judge's secretary in January, 2009
  • given to the judge in February, 2009
One other things to consider. It is . . .

  • already outdated as the relationship with my children has improved significantly since November, 2008
Where things go from here, I do not know. It is definitely progress, albeit painfully slow.

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Re: Background Information
« Reply #43 on: June 11, 2009, 04:47:39 PM »
Tim, you are doing the right thing, establishing a line of communication with your children. Like you said, worse case scenario is that they will want to study in America as they become teenagers, despite what mom wants. They will start making their own decisions. Do you use skype to communicate with them? Nowadays these internet cameras have better quality. It's harder when kids are too young to use the internet.
 
One thing I don't understand: your ex-wife has not tried to cut you off from their life, so you are in a much better situation than other LBPs, but can your kids travel to the US for their summer vacation and stay with you? Like other kids whose parents live in different cities or states?

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Re: Background Information
« Reply #44 on: June 11, 2009, 07:48:15 PM »
Tim, you are doing the right thing, establishing a line of communication with your children. Like you said, worse case scenario is that they will want to study in America as they become teenagers, despite what mom wants. They will start making their own decisions. Do you use skype to communicate with them? Nowadays these internet cameras have better quality. It's harder when kids are too young to use the internet.
I use the good-old telephone. I have a VOIP plan (similar to Vonage), though one that allows me unlimited calls to landlines in Brazil.
 
One thing I don't understand: your ex-wife has not tried to cut you off from their life, so you are in a much better situation than other LBPs, but can your kids travel to the US for their summer vacation and stay with you? Like other kids whose parents live in different cities or states?
I agree that I am in a much better situation than most LBPs in that I have regular contact with my children. Largely due to language barriers though, I rarely have a complete discussion with my daughter on the phone (in person we can understand each other MUCH better). The answer to your question is "NO". The only way they would be permitted to visit the United States during vacation was if I dropped the Hague case and accepted Brazil as their country of habitual residence. You must remember that in nearly every case, the first thing the LBP obtains is a court order demanding the return, along with custody, of the children.