Archive for September, 2010

Woman’s Children in Cancún Orphanage

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To Jennifer Aguilera-Hurtado, the U.S.-Mexico border is still as porous as a screen door, the illicit traffic between the two countries breezing through despite stretches of wall and wire, patrols of National Guardsmen and Minutemen, Arizona ire and the cruel heat of an endless desert.

“Every day, you hear about how many people are crossing the border illegally,” she says. “It’s always in the news.”

She’s not so much concerned with what or who is coming into the United States, though, but who is going out: Children, hundreds of them, snatched up and sneaked across the border by one parent against the wishes of the other and in violation of custody orders.

“This is the border crisis you never hear about,” she says.

Mexico has the highest number of international parental child abduction cases from the United States, according to the U.S. State Department. Right now, there are just under 600 open cases involving almost 900 children illegally taken by a parent into Mexico, a State Department official says.

Two of those children are Aguilera-Hurtado’s. Hannah is 3 and Teresa will be 8 on Wednesday, and their mother will be 1,535 miles and a world away in Albuquerque for that birthday.

This is an article I found about the Aguilera-Hurtado girls. Apparently their father who abducted them is broke and can’t fight more in the Mexican courts, but the kids are still in an orphanage, much like Liam McCarty. I’m not sure there’s much more I can say about the ridiculousness of that.

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Chandler, Hayden, and Rebekah Clark found safe

In somewhat relieving news, the Clark children have been found in England. Since their mother had been arrested some time before, I was concerned. Unfortunately the kids want nothing to do with their father and mom seems bewildered that she was arrested for commiting a crime. (And despite what the article says, she was never on the FBI Most Wanted list. She was on an FBI page devoted to parental kidnappers. Apparently reading the page headers is something the news media cannot do.) The new cases on the site are those of Alejandro and Maribel Orozco and Tiaj Smith.

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Jean Paul Lacombe found safe

I have just received word that Jean Paul Lacombe has been found in France and reunited with his mother. I wish them the best in reuniting. This was the second time Jean Paul was taken by his father; the first time he was also found in France. Two abductions is two more than his father should have been allowed. At the very least he should only have closely supervised visits with his son. I also hope the judge who did not read Spanish (and apparently could find no one else to do so, Spanish speakers being so rare in Texas) and assumed a Mexican arrest warrant was a paper giving his father custody in that country is at the very least suspended from practice for some time. The new case on the site is that of Ryan Powell.

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Edwin Castro and Christopher Martinez missing three years

Today is the third anniversary of the disappearance of Edwin Castro and Christopher Martinez. They were abducted by their non-custodial parents from Las Vegas, Nevada. They may be in Mexico.

Edwin Castro

Christopher Martinez

Above are pictures of Edwin and Christopher. If you have any information as to their whereabouts please contact either the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST or the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department at 702-828-3111.

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Shela Varo-Gomez missing twelve years

Today is the twelfth anniversary of the disappearance of Shela Varo-Gomez. She was last seen leaving her Los Angeles, California residence with fugitive Alvaro Luna Jara.

Shela Varo-Gomez

Above is a picture of Shela. If you can, please go to the link above and print out her poster. If you have any information as to her whereabouts please contact the Los Angeles Police Department Missing Persons Unit at 213-485-5381.

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