Sullivan & Worcester Successful in International Child Abduction Case

S&W Press Release
June 28, 2013

Boston, MA – June 28, 2013 – Sullivan & Worcester is proud to announce a victory in an international child abduction case, resulting in the return of a four-year-old girl to her mother in the Dominican Republic.

S&W represents the mother of a four-year-old girl who was abducted from the Dominican Republic several months ago by her father. The father fled to New York during a weekend visitation and initiated family court proceedings in New York, seeking to obtain custody of the child. S&W, with assistance from the United States authorities, took immediate steps to halt the father's New York state custody proceeding and filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. S&W obtained an ex parte restraining order requiring the father to surrender all passports to U.S. Marshals and appear for a hearing.  

Within approximately a week of initiating the proceedings, S&W attorney Kevin Colmey persuaded Judge Denise L. Cote to order that the child immediately be returned to the Dominican Republic. The child returned home on June 27, 2013.

About S&W’s International ChildFind Program

In September 2006, Sullivan & Worcester launched the S&W International ChildFind Program. Under the Program, S&W attorneys provide legal assistance to parents of limited financial means, whose children have been abducted across sovereign borders. More than 200,000 children are abducted by family members each year. A growing number of these abductions cross international borders, making it extremely difficult for left-behind parents to locate and recover their children. With the help of S&W attorneys, left-behind parents can pursue remedies under an international treaty designed to protect parental rights and to return abducted children to their prior place of residence.

As a member of the International Child Abduction Attorney Network formed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, S&W attorneys have litigated many proceedings under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and the International Child Abduction Remedies Act. The program also provides our younger litigation attorneys with an opportunity to get involved in the cause, obtain federal courtroom experience and hone their trial skills with the guidance of experienced trial lawyers.

About Sullivan & Worcester LLP

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Leah Schloss