“I am petitioning for the following changes…”

From Change.org:

Mother’s Day wish to bring my child home…

Dear Attorney General Eric Schneidermann:

It is Mother’s Day of 2012 and nearly one year ago, my daughter was taken from me as a result of an “arbitrary and capricious” decision made by the Family Court judge. This “temporary” order gives my daughter’s father full custody and limited access to me–her mother (which means barely 20 hours every other week, no overnights)

Despite much effort to avoid court intervention for my divorce, I placed trust in the system to be fair in judging what would be in her best interest of our child. Three years later, my petition for full-custody has evolved into a “kangeroo court” focused on anything but the “best interest of my child”.

As I’m sure you know, the state’s Family Court system needs serious reform.

Countless responsible and loving parents lose their children dictated by corrupt activities in our courts. Parents are powerless because of the immunity granted to all judges, law guardian, and expert witnesses.

It is time that we stop from allowing these individuals to operate by their own rules. This is an abuse of power, similar to police brutality. And these actions are parallel to sick acts of children bullying of other children.

On that note, I am petitioning for the following changes:

* Enforcement of a child’s constitutional right to their own attorney through parents’ consent.

* Clear guidelines and standards on what qualifies and DOES NOT qualify as quasi-immunity in child custody trials for judges, law guardians and expert witnesses. Disciplinary action taken for defined unethical behavior.

* Forensic evaluators, specifically child psychiatrists or psychologists must provide reports and testimony that is objective and evidence-based. Mandate that these paid professionals are Board Certified in Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology to insure they understand the clear difference between forensic and clinical evaluations.

* Gross negligence would be subject to possible civil tort litigation and/or prosecution.
In cases medical experts who act with gross negligence, their actions can qualify as medical malpractice despite absence of patient-physician relationship.

• Priority through an immediate trial must be placed for temporary decisions that orders significant change in child’s custody.

• Enforce open forum to public in courtroom and/or cameras present, specifically as it relates to interviews with appointed law guardians and forensic evaluators. Privacy of child also would be strictly mandated.

Children are also guaranteed constitutional rights and the laws need to protect them. How can a legal system in our state and country have the liberty of allowing such injustice that is destroying our children? I speak for so many parents who have completely lost faith and trust in our judicial system.

Mr. Attorney General, please help to make this change in New York and be an example for other states to follow. I trust and pray you will make this happen.

Respectfully,

Anonymous (until my child comes home!)
New York County- Manhattan

[Your name]

Family Court in Bowling Green, Kentucky…

 

Here is Elaine Barnes Bateman’s interview with Christian Coffey’s mother, stepfather and best friend. The judge in this case has threatened Christian’s mother and supporters with jail.

 

The next scheduled hearing is on October 19, 2010

Warren County Justice Center
1001 Center St.
Bowling Green, Kentucky

 

Here are excerpts from documents in this case:

“…You will find the order states the above-named Respondent Steven Coffey be restrained from committing further acts or abuse of threats of abuse…”

“…For the Petitioner against the above named Respondent in that it was established, by a preponderance of the evidence, that an act(s) of domestic violence or abuse has occurred and may again occur…”

 

  • Did the judge hold Mr. Coffey accountable for those acts of domestic violence or abuse?
  • Did the Judge list a 14-year-old child on a DVO without prior notice of that hearing to guardians of that minor child?
  • Is the judge and/or her family affiliated socially and/or politically with any attorney or litigant in this case?
  • Was the cabinet worker who testified about abuse in October 2009 the investigator at that time?
  • Did Judge Holderfield allow perjury of  the cabinet worker or require proof of statements made in court?
  • Did the judge deny the victim’s attorney’s requests to submit evidence regarding the Cabinet worker’s testimony?
  • Did the judge accept as facts, the testimony of witnesses in this case – without supporting evidence?
  • Are any newspaper or television reporters looking for the answers to those questions?

 

Petition For Christian: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/prot…

More information about this case at: http://www.topix.com/forum/city/bowli…

“Stop the Abuse of Christian Coffey”: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-th…

 

Please share this information. Thank you!

For the purpose of clarifying the situation of the Spanish minor…

By Julia Fletcher 

Why haven’t we seen this case saturating the morning and evening news?

 We must do our part to help by re-posting this letter. Please click on the following link for the original post:

 

  David Nordlund, wrong again 

  Letter that had to be sent to David Nordlund by burofax

 

Consular Agency of the United States of America in Valencia

Dear Mr. David Nordlund, 

For the purpose of clarifying the situation of the Spanish minor, Victoria Solenne Innes Carrascosa, as she in the United States is registered as missing , and therefore wanted, and as she in the future will have the possibility of choosing her nationality both concerning the Spanish and US nationalities, although from her birth and to date she has been using the Spanish nationality, the only currently in force, and resides as you have yourself been able to verify presenting yourself in our home on the 9th of July in the last year, 2009, we contact you to ask you, please, for a copy of the report which you told us that you yourself would issue after your visit, to the US authorities; this being of vital importance due to the conflict of jurisdictions existing in this case between both countries. Likewise, if you at any moment would like to visit our family again, advise you that this should be done accompanied by Spanish authorities, and that of course you would be very welcome as long as you provide a copy of the mentioned report as well as any future reports which might be made after the solicited visits.  

We beg you to please understand our situation as well as that of the minor herself, as she is now 10 years old and soon will start navigating on internet as her schoolmates already have been doing for some time. Our family begs you humbly to please mediate to inform to the private centers for missing children in the US notifying that you yourself have verified where Victoria Solenne Innes Carrascosa is to be found and that they please do not infringe the laws of other countries such as the “violation of the rights of minors”, to not show and distribute images of a minor and much less when the whole world knows where she is, including the father who is the one who has registered her as missing although he recently sent a letter knowing perfectly well where she is living. The details of the centers where the minor appears as missing, so that you could please contact them are: 

  

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Charles B. Wang International Children’s Building
699 Prince Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314-3175
The United States of America 

  

Phone: 703-274-3900
Fax: 703-274-2200
24-hour Hotline: 001-800-843-5678 

  

The responsible for these matters in this center for missing persons is named Elena Corona; please, we ask you to contact this lady and to explain to her the issue so that she might also ask the other private centers for missing persons where the issue is spread to that they withdraw it. Permit us to advise that this is inconceivable, even more while it is the Valencian Mayoralty itself who has the guardianship and the Carrascosa family are the caregivers of the minor. 

  

  

1.- http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&caseNum=1085129&orgPrefix=NCMC&seqNum=1&caseLang=en_US&searchLang=en_US 

  

2.- http://www.forthelost.org/family/vinnes.html 

  

3.- http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/i/innes_victoria.html 

  

 4.- http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&caseNum=1085129&orgPrefix=NCMC&seqNum=1&caseLang=en_US&searchLang=en_US 

  

Please withdraw all this, it is harmful to the child. 

  

Carefully, in Valencia for May 3, 2010 

  

Victoria Carrascosa Peñalver
Carrascosa family 

 

Press Release from 2007, a really long time ago…

You’d think something as significant as a group of American mothers filing an official complaint with the Inter American Commission on Human Rights would have made the headlines of the morning papers.

The following press release – and others like it – was sent to local and national media outlets in May 2007. It’s three years later and there’s still nothing in the headlines of our morning papers, nothing on our local television news and still nothing on the national evening news.

What’s taking so long? 

PRESS RELEASE
May 11, 2007

CONTACT:
Irene Weiser
stopfamilyviolence.org
607-539-6856


MOTHERS FILE INTERNATIONAL COMPLAINT AGAINST UNITED STATES

Mother’s Day complaint claims United States courts violate human rights of abused women and children.

NEW YORK, On May 11, just before Mother’s Day weekend, ten mothers, one victimized child, now an adult, leading national and state organizations filed a complaint against the United States with the Inter American Commission on Human Rights. The case claims that U.S. courts, by frequently awarding child custody to abusers and child molesters, has failed to protect the life, liberties, security and other human rights of abused mothers and their children.

“For more than 30 years U.S. judges have given custody or unsupervised visitation of children to abusers and molesters putting the children directly at risk,” says Dianne Post, an international attorney who authored the petition.  “These horrendous human rights violations have been brought to the attention of family court systems, and state and federal governments, to no avail. We turn now to international courts to protect the rights and safety of US children.”

The complaint details several cases with documented medical evidence of child sexual abuse, yet in each instance the father who was accused of abuse was given full custody of the children.  Several of the mothers were jailed by the courts because of their persistent efforts to protect their children from abuse, several were ordered not to speak of the abuse and not to report abuse to authorities.  Every mother was denied contact with her child for some period of time though none was ever proven to have harmed them.

“My life was completely shattered apart on that day and my childhood was destroyed,” said Jeff Hoverson, the adult child petitioner, about the day a family court judge ordered sheriff deputies to deliver him into the custody of his abuser. “It was as if I was just kidnapped. I was torn from everything I knew….I was made into a possession rather than a child.”  Hoverson endured years of trauma and fear living in his father’s home before escaping and returning to his mother at age 17.  He is haunted by years of feeling helpless to prevent his father’s night-time visits to his sisters’ bedrooms.

 “The cases in this petition represent the proverbial tip of the iceberg,” says Irene Weiser, executive director of the online organization  Stop Family Violence.  “We are contacted by an average of three protective mothers each week who have lost custody to fathers accused of child abuse – in many cases with supporting medical evidence. This is a nationwide crisis of enormous proportion.”

“The lives of thousands of children and mothers have been irreparably harmed by family courts across our nation,” says Joyanna Silberg, Ph.D., executive vice-president of The Leadership Council on Child Abuse and Interpersonal Violence, another national organizations supporting the petition. “The years of trauma and psychological abuse because of the courts’ failings result in lasting emotional damage to the children they are supposed to protect.”

Studies of gender bias in the courts, conducted in the 1980’s and 90’s, found disturbing trends of courts minimizing or excusing men’s violence against women, and favoring the abusers.  In 1990 the United States Congress passed a resolution recommending the prohibition of giving joint or sole custody to abusers.  Seventeen years later, the practice continues unabated.  Ten years ago today, leading national organizations were joined by  members of Congress in a protest in Washington D.C. to again raise awareness about the problems in family courts.  Today, petitioners say, the problem is systemic and widespread in family law courts across the nation.

The petition seeks a finding from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights that the U.S. has violated the Declaration of the Rights and Responsibilities of Man and the Charter of the Organization of American States and a statement of the steps that the U.S. must take to comply with its human rights obligations in regards to battered women and children in child custody cases.

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights was created in 1959 and is expressly authorized to examine allegations of human rights violations by members of the Organization of American States, which include the United States. It also carries out on-site visits to observe the general human rights situations in all 35 member states of the Organization of American States and to investigate specific allegations of violations of Inter-American human rights treaties. Its charge is to promote the observance and the defense of human rights in the Americas.

Dianne Post, a 1980 graduate of the University of Wisconsin law school, has worked on issues of gender based violence since 1976.  In addition to private practice and legal aid, she has taught legal classes and been a consultant working or living in Russia, Cambodia, Hungary and some dozen other countries. She is currently in Vladivostok, Russia.

In addition to The Leadership Council on Child Abuse and Interpersonal Violence, other national organizations supporting the international lawsuit include: National Organization for Women and the NOW Foundation, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Justice For Children, National Family Court Watch Project, Legal Momentum, Family Violence Prevention Fund, National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence Report, Sidran Traumatic Stress Institute, and the National Center on Sexual and Domestic Violence. The petition is supported by many state organizations as well.

In December 2005, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a petition against the United States with the Inter American Commission on Human Rights for their failure to protect Jessica Gonzales’ three children from their abusive father, who murdered them.  Their petition, the first of its kind, asserted that domestic violence victims have the right to be protected by the state from the violent acts of their abusers.


For additional information contact:


Irene Weiser
Stop Family Violence
actnow@stopfamilyviolence.org
607-539-6856

View the petition at http://www.StopFamilyViolence.org/468

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