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Re: Sage Bermudez Abduction Case
« Reply #15 on: March 17, 2009, 10:45:06 PM »
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Re: Sage Bermudez Abduction Case
« Reply #16 on: March 18, 2009, 09:31:37 AM »

The case of Sean Goldman has cast a light on the cruel and inhumane practice of International Child Abduction and the weak enforcement of the tenets of the Hague Convention.
 
The only flaw in this discussion has been the public and the medias overall misconception that it rarely happens and that Brazil is the worst offender.

As stated previously, Mexico holds that dubious honor and since the day my grandson was abducted to that country,  I have read of dozens of tragic cases which parallel the case of Sean.  Sadly when the parents are not in a position to spend a LOT of money, their cases fall under the rug/ radar of all those paid to enforce this law, the media and the public.  Until Sean's mother died, his father was ignored too, even though, he was spending hundreds of thousands of dollars, and using every resource available to him.

I am the heartbroken grandmother of Sage Bermudez.  The grief and frustration our family has suffered is similar to the death of a child.  My son has made heroic efforts, working alone, to obtain his return.  He will return for the third time to a court hearing in Mexico, the first week of April.

He is not rich.  He has huge student loans,  and he has committed everything to the immense love he has for this little boy.  He has been doing this alone, without the support of his congress person, without the media spotlight,  and sadly without allies of any kind, other than a very well paid attorney.

I would ask all those working on the effort to Bring Sean home to make this about ALL the suffering parents and children, who are, in this tragic situation.  The difficulty faced by Sean's father even with the massive publicity, diplomatic aid, this excellent forum, the media, etc, demonstrate, the uphill battle all the parents left behind, face.  Thank you for generously sharing this forum, and the chance to advocate for Sage.     Diane

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Re: Sage Bermudez Abduction Case
« Reply #17 on: March 18, 2009, 02:04:29 PM »
I am in awe of the spirit of so many of you here.  Dirlene, you are proof that the hard times either break us or make us stronger.  You have encouraging words for all and if there is a positive side to this, it is, that those who experience great pain,  seem to develop,  a wonderful, caring, compassion for others.  Thank you for your kind words Dirlene.  I am wondering if you have been able to meet your children's father in court.  It seems to me that the pictures you have posted here would be enough to cause the court to rule in your favor.  This man is a monster to keep your children, his children, from their incredible mother.  I hope you find help and fellowship here.  I know you are giving it to everyone else.
Blessings, Diane
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Re: Sage Bermudez Abduction Case
« Reply #18 on: March 18, 2009, 06:20:11 PM »
Hi Carlos,  I am working on the effort to contact left-behind parent's senators.  I will be asking yours to co-sponsor Senate Resolution 37 as well as lend all their support to you &  fellow N. Carolina left-behind parent Devon Davenport.  I am saddened to learn of your story & Sage's abduction.  I sincerely hope you will have every success in regaining custody of your darling son soon.

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Re: Sage Bermudez Abduction Case
« Reply #19 on: March 18, 2009, 06:37:40 PM »
Thank you so very much.  Devon and I road to the rally in DC together and actually only live about 20 mins apart.  Hopefully having two cases in the same area will create a greater sense of urgency for our representatives.
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Re: Sage Bermudez Abduction Case
« Reply #20 on: March 18, 2009, 09:13:48 PM »
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Thank you so very much.  Devon and I road to the rally in DC together and actually only live about 20 mins apart.  Hopefully having two cases in the same area will create a greater sense of urgency for our representatives.

I hope so!  You guys need to pool your efforts & try to get everyone you know to contact your Senators & get their support.

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Re: Sage Bermudez Abduction Case
« Reply #21 on: March 23, 2009, 04:21:45 PM »
There was a thread in the main forum about criminal remedies to international child abduction.  Not surprisingly, I have a fair about to say about that.  In short, someone there recommended I post the email of the Attorney General in charge of filing criminal charges against my wife under the IPKA.  Attorney General Roy Cooper does not have his email posted on the website, but there is a Contact Us form here:

http://www.ncdoj.com/default_contactus_form.jsp?sectionid=ag&subsectionid=general

And you can select the option to have it go to the Office of the Attorney General.

Through that form I just sent the following:

I am the left behind father of the internationally abducted child:

Sage Antonio Bermudez Rayon
DOB: May 14th, 1979



I reported this case to the FBI in August of 2008 and as of November of that year they have claimed to be working with the Attorney General's office to see what can be done in terms of filing International Parental Abduction charges against my wife under the IPKA and request her extradition from Mexico.  My attorney in Mexico is an international law and Hague specialist and he has assured me that requesting her extradition will not harm my civil case under the Hague Convention, which, at present, winds ever so slowly through the Mexican courts, but may in fact help me bring me son home.  Mexico does allow extradition of their nationals when the crime for which extradition is requested exists in the Mexican Penal Code.  Parental abduction or "retención de menores" is a crime in Mexico.  Can you please provide me with a report as to where your office stands in relation to my request that charges be filed and a request be made for the extradition of my wife, a legal US Resident, to the US?
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Re: Sage Bermudez Abduction Case
« Reply #22 on: March 24, 2009, 04:11:42 PM »
I have a page on Hi5.  If anyone elses uses it please add me as a friend there:

http://belebella7.hi5.com

It's not as popular as MySpace and Facebook in the US, but it's very popular in Central and South America and has been very helpful to me in getting the word out to people in Mexico about my son.
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Re: Sage Bermudez Abduction Case
« Reply #23 on: April 22, 2009, 01:25:40 PM »
Got a phone call from the FBI agent working my case this morning..  Seemed eerily like the exact same conversation we had 5 months ago.  He asked how the Hague case was going, if I'd been in contact with my attorney and attending the hearings and if I'd been in contact with my wife or my son.. and said he would get the report to the Attorney General's office next week to see if they file charges.  I had assumed that they did that after our conversation 5 months ago.  It's clear that they are waiting to see what happens in the Hague case before they do anything.  He even said directly that the "Legat" from Mexico City (no idea what that is.. Legal Attache?) has told them that the "Hague Convention" has the best chances of returning children from Mexico...  Really frustrates me.  It is not a one or the other situation.  Both avenues can, and should, be pursued simultaneously, but he said the legat said that if the mother was picked up her family could still hide the child since criminal charges only lead to the arrest of the mother.  I told him that if the mother is in jail my Hague case defaults in my favor and any custody proceedings will do the same thing.  As the father I have very strong legal preference against any other family member who is a non-parent in any legal proceeding in Mexico.  Also asked for him to give me the name of the Attorney in the AG's office once he actually files it so I can start having my senators get into contact with him...
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Re: Sage Bermudez Abduction Case
« Reply #24 on: April 22, 2009, 01:28:09 PM »
So frustrating!!!! Why can't anyone do their job right!!
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Re: Sage Bermudez Abduction Case
« Reply #25 on: April 22, 2009, 02:27:37 PM »
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Got a phone call from the FBI agent working my case this morning.. Seemed eerily like the exact same conversation we had 5 months ago. He asked how the Hague case was going, if I'd been in contact with my attorney and attending the hearings and if I'd been in contact with my wife or my son.. and said he would get the report to the Attorney General's office next week to see if they file charges. I had assumed that they did that after our conversation 5 months ago. It's clear that they are waiting to see what happens in the Hague case before they do anything. He even said directly that the "Legat" from Mexico City (no idea what that is.. Legal Attache?) has told them that the "Hague Convention" has the best chances of returning children from Mexico... Really frustrates me. It is not a one or the other situation. Both avenues can, and should, be pursued simultaneously, but he said the legat said that if the mother was picked up her family could still hide the child since criminal charges only lead to the arrest of the mother. I told him that if the mother is in jail my Hague case defaults in my favor and any custody proceedings will do the same thing. As the father I have very strong legal preference against any other family member who is a non-parent in any legal proceeding in Mexico. Also asked for him to give me the name of the Attorney in the AG's office once he actually files it so I can start having my senators get into contact with him...

Exactly, don't settle for none of that bullshit...
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Re: Sage Bermudez Abduction Case
« Reply #26 on: April 23, 2009, 01:59:11 PM »
Let us know when you hear about the ruling.  This is very hard, I can't imagine being in your shoes.  Let's hope Mexico does the right thing.  Are they aware of all that is happening with Brazil and our Senators and SOS getting involved?  Maybe if they were they would do the right thing to avoid any problems?  Just hoping.

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Re: Sage Bermudez Abduction Case
« Reply #27 on: April 30, 2009, 11:33:46 PM »
Carlos, do you have contact with your wife or her family? I just wonder if Sage is safe from the swine flu outbreak?:nervous:

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Re: Sage Bermudez Abduction Case
« Reply #28 on: May 01, 2009, 02:43:47 AM »
I have phone numbers and email addresses but they don't respond to me or answer my calls.  Once I had tracked my wife down and initiated Hague proceedings I think they didn't allow me any contact to try to provoke me into doing or saying something that could help their legal case. I believe they've now decided that if they withhold contact long enough i'll get tired and give up.. heh.. Sometimes I wonder at how little my own wife actually knows me :conf:

The day will never come that I will accept not being part of my son's life.  If I lose every Hague proceeding I'll move to Mexico and file for custody and visitation there... but thanks for asking ...I'm hoping he's fine since he's not in Mexico City which is where the brunt of the sickness is.

The State Dept made yet another travel advisory for the Flu (there was one for kidnappings.. for ransom.. a few weeks ago).  Keep wondering when the State Dept will issue a warning about allowing your children to go to Mexico.
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Re: Extradition can work
« Reply #29 on: July 27, 2009, 04:42:49 PM »
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From the NCMEC's section on "Success Stories":

I hope to not ignite a gender war, but sadly it seems to me that if the left behind parent is a father it's a Hague case and you can dump a fortune into it and roll the dice w/ Mexico's notoriously questionable legal system (more on that later), but if the mother is left behind it's a criminal case and the FBI files charges and requests extradition.

I just saw this, and it's more to do with Mexico than with the US. Mexican law pretty much always gives kids to the mom if there is a divorce or custody battle.