FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Linda Marie Sacks 386-453-3017
Kathleen Russell, Center for Judicial Excellence 415-388-9600
HISTORIC CASE FILED IN UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT TODAY
Washington, D.C. May 6, 2011 –– In an effort to protect her children and tens of thousands of children in similar situations, Linda Marie Sacks from Daytona Beach, Florida – an “all-American mom” who never imagined that she could lose custody of her children – will appear today in a landmark case before the Supreme Court to present a Petition for Certiorari.
Ms. Sacks stated, “My appearance before the Supreme Court is an historic moment for all of America’s mothers and their vulnerable children. Before the 2007 ruling by Judge Shawn L. Briese, I was my daughters’ primary care giver. I was my children’s class mom, soccer mom, and car pool mom. I was a community volunteer and had no history of drug or alcohol abuse, no history of child or spousal abuse or infidelity. In my case, the trial court dismissed, ignored, and suppressed credible evidence of child sexual and physical abuse, and I lost custody of my children for trying to protect them from that abuse. More and more battered women are losing custody of their children; it has become a nationwide problem that has been described as “epidemic and widespread” and it has created a public health crisis for America’s children.”
Ms Sacks added, “The family court system is giving pedophiles and batterers custody, and the “fit” parent’s rights are terminated, or like me are placed on supervised visitation for years without a case plan or reunification plan. Worse, our minor children are not being protected.”
Ms. Sacks concluded, “A judge legally kidnapped my children. I am not alone, it is well documented that nearly 60,000 children are ordered by the courts to live with a sexually or physically abusive parent after a divorce in the U.S. The nation’s family courts did not protect my children. If this could happen to me, it could happen to anyone.”
May 6, 2011 12:00 P.M.
U.S. Supreme Court
One First Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20543
Mothers Day Demonstration and Candlelight Vigil:
May 8, 2011 6:00 to 9:30 P.M.
The White House
Statement from the Voice of Justice In Defense of Abused Children
CONTACT: MARK M. APPEL (917) 804-3942 cell
FOR PUBLIC RELEASE Monday, February 21, 2011
On Wednesday, February 23, 2011, admitted serial child rapist, Meir Dascalowitz will appear in Kings County Supreme Court to plead to charges related to his many felony and misdemeanor sex crimes against children.
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Dascalowitz’s charges include criminal sex acts with a child under 14, sexual misconduct with a minor, and sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14, almost 100 felony sexual abuse charges in total. Dascalowitz’s attorney is likely to have his client plead insanity. In order for our community to be safe, we need to show the public and Judge Riviezzo that we will not tolerate these crimes against our children and that we believe perpetrators of these heinous sex crimes should be held accountable in a court of law.
At previous court appearances, Dascalowitz has managed to garner support from individuals who mock, intimate, and harrass Dascalowitz’s victims and witnesses outside the hearings. The Voice of Justice is calling upon the Jewish community to gather in the courtroom on Wednesday February 23, 2011 at 9:00 AM to show support to victims of this dangerous admitted criminal, and their families.
To show your support of Dascalowitz’s victims, to demand justice, and to send a message that criminals who abuse children in the Jewish community deserve to and will be punished, please attend the Dascalowitz plea hearing below:
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Kings County Supreme Court
320 Jay Street
For update posted November 25, 2010, click here.
|Hawaii’s statutory law forbids perpetrators of Domestic Violence to have custody, but it appears Maui’s Judge Tanaka feels he’s above the law; giving custody to an abuser. He’s poised to order relocation to another state, as he’s done in other cases.|
Hawaii’s Judge Tanaka Breaking The Law – Giving Baby To Abuser
The child’s father, Bruce Anthony Sotelo Jr., was convicted and held in jail for beating a pregnant Ms. Styke-Marquez so severely in 2007 that the 4 month-old baby she was carrying died as a result of the attack that left Ms. Styke-Marquez with a concussion, broken ribs, cracked teeth, a split lip and contusions all over her body.
According to Hawaii State Statute 571-46(9) perpetrators of family violence are not candidates for either joint or sole custody of their children, yet in September 2010, Judge Tanaka inexplicably reversed his initial ruling that granted Ms. Styke-Marquez full physical/legal custody of their daughter and in contradiction of the statute, gave full physical/legal custody of the little girl to the man who put her mother in the hospital.
The case has caught the attention of several state lawmakers such as House Human Services Chair, Representative John Mizuno (Kalihi) and Domestic Violence Survivor Advocate, Dara Carlin, who said she is absolutely outraged by the situation. “Domestic violence victims flee their abusers in full faith that the system will protect them and their children from further abuse and trauma once they’ve fled and laws have been put firmly in-place to ensure this. That a family court judge can choose to disregard and override a state statute that protects those at-risk is simply unconscionable” Ms. Carlin states.
Research shows that 70% of batterers who request custody receive it, leading to 58,000 children per year who are forced to live with their identified abusers. Batterers are over 6 times more likely to sexually abuse their children.
 Bancroft, Lundy and Silverman, Jay, The Batterer as Parent, Sage Publications, 2002
Financially devastated from the litigation her abuser has put her through, Ms. Styke-Marquez, unable to afford an attorney, will walk into the courtroom alone to face her abuser (who as recently as November 19th has a criminal contempt charge lodged against him), his attorney (who is also a Per Diem judge) and a judge who has already ruled against her and state statute. “My last and only hope to save my daughter is to call public attention to what’s going on and I’m not the only one this is happening to – I know so many other domestic violence survivors who have lost custody of their children to their perpetrators as well which only tells me that this is no small problem. I’m a protective parent, not a perfect one, and never tried to keep our daughter from her father so I can’t understand how this is being allowed to happen” says Ms. Styke-Marquez.
Contact: Dara Carlin at email@example.com or on Oahu at 218-3457.
AngelGroup is spearheaded by people who’ve experienced or observed the corruption in Hawaii’s legal system, family courts, & social services. We’re resolved to change the legal landscape, achieving long-term change and potential correction for individual cases. Read more at http://www.angelgroup.org
From The White House:
The White House
Office of the Press SecretaryFor Immediate Release October 01, 2010
NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH, 2010
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
In the 16 years since the passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), we have broken the silence surrounding domestic violence to reach thousands of survivors, prevent countless incidences of abuse, and save untold numbers of lives. While these are critical achievements, domestic violence remains a devastating public health crisis when one in four women will be physically or sexually assaulted by a partner at some point in her lifetime. During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we recognize the tremendous progress made in reducing domestic violence, and we recommit to making everyone’s home a safe place for them.
My Administration is committed to reducing the prevalence of domestic violence. Last year, I appointed the first-ever White House Advisor on Violence Against Women to collaborate with the many Federal agencies working together to end domestic violence in this country. Together with community efforts, these Federal programs are making important strides towards eliminating abuse.
The landmark Affordable Care Act also serves as a lifeline for domestic violence victims. Before I signed this legislation in March, insurance companies in eight States and the District of Columbia were able to classify domestic violence as a pre existing condition, leaving victims at risk of not receiving vital treatment when they are most vulnerable. Now, victims need not fear the additional burden of increased medical bills as they attempt to protect themselves and rebuild their lives.
Individuals of every race, gender, and background face domestic violence, but some communities are disproportionately affected. In order to combat the prevalence of domestic violence and sexual assault in tribal areas, I signed the Tribal Law and Order Act to strengthen tribal law enforcement and its ability to prosecute and fight crime more effectively. This important legislation will also help survivors of domestic violence get the medical attention, services, support, and justice they need.
Children exposed to domestic violence, whether victims or witnesses, also need our help. Without intervention, they are at higher risk for failure in school, emotional disorders, substance abuse, and perpetrating violent behavior later in life. That is why my Administration has launched the “Defending Childhood” initiative at the Department of Justice to revitalize prevention, intervention, and response systems for children exposed to violence. The Department of Health and Human Services is also expanding services and enhancing community responses for children exposed to violence.
Ending domestic violence requires a collaborative effort involving every part of our society. Our law enforcement and justice system must work to hold offenders accountable and to protect victims and their children. Business, faith, and community leaders, as well as educators, health care providers, and human service professionals, also have a role to play in communicating that domestic violence is always unacceptable. As a Nation, we must endeavor to protect survivors, bring offenders to justice, and change attitudes that support such violence. I encourage victims, their loved ones, and concerned citizens to call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1 800-799-SAFE or visit: www.TheHotline.org.
This month — and throughout the year — let each of us resolve to be vigilant in recognizing and combating domestic violence in our communities, and let us build a culture of safety and support for all those affected.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim October 2010 as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I call on all Americans to speak out against domestic violence and support local efforts to assist victims of these crimes in finding the help and healing they need.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact Connie Valentine 916-233-8381
A press conference will be held on Friday, October 1, 2010 from 11:00 am to noon in front of the U.S. Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C.
On the first day of Domestic Violence Awareness month, advocates and protective mothers whose children have been ordered into the custody of batterers and molesters are gathering to call for an investigation by the DOJ into family court corruption.
These mothers are deeply concerned about their children. Mildred Mohammad, former wife of Beltway Sniper John Mohammad, took part in the Mothers’ Day vigil at the White House on May 9, 2010. “I was without my children for two years when they were kidnapped by John and the courts didn’t listen to me,” she told reporters.
As in the Mohammad case, family courts across the nation ignore or minimize child safety.
Research shows that 70% of batterers who request custody receive it, leading to 58,000 children per year who are forced to live with their identified abusers. Many are killed. Batterers are over 6 times more likely to sexually abuse their children.
The social ramifications of this trend are frightening. Children who are abused are at a high risk in adulthood for problems such as addictions, obesity, suicide attempts, heart disease and cancer. 
After the press conference, the mothers and their supporters will march to the Senate to request Congressional hearings to investigate these violations of law and human rights.
The march will end at the Sewall Belmont House at 144 Constitution Ave NE, the suffragists’ headquarters when, in 1910, they insisted that women receive the civil right to vote.
In 2010, mothers are insisting that children have the human right to physical and sexual safety. Please visit
www.mothers-of-lost-children.com for more information.
Press Release 8/9/10
The Dr. Phil show will be airing the 2nd show on the crisis in the family courts on 8/11/2010. Please forward this information on to everyone, and let’s all email and thank Dr. Phil for covering this national crisis affecting thousands of America’s children who are court ordered to live with their abusive parent. Mothers and children, all over the U.S. are not being protected by the “official avenues” who are supposed to protect them…judges, police, Dept. of Children and Families. This is truly a national crisis, and it’s affecting more than 58,000 children a year. Let your voice be heard….let’s be part of the solution to this epidemic.
Linda Marie Sacks
Protective Mother, Actress and Co-Chair
Fl NOW Child Custody and Family Court Committee