New cases on site

New cases have been added to both the California Kids pages and the Adam Haseeb Memorial Pages, those of Ignacio, Maria, and Maria Teresa Cantua and Anahi Espinosa Mello. Please check out these links and help find these missing people.

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    Jennifer Aguilera-Hurtado said,

    March 9, 2012 @ 2:13 am

    Teresa Aguilera-Hurtado (now age 9 1/2) and Hannah Aguilera-Hurtado (now age 5) returned to the United States on February 2nd. Their story was published on February 6th in the Albuquerque Journal.

    As their mother, I am saddened that despite the fact that they were removed from their abusive father’s home in Mexico in May of 2010, they still underwent severe trauma in the DIF office in Cancuun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. According to Teresa, when they misbehaved they were placed in solitary confinement (much like you would find in a prison based on the description she gave) in which they were not given anything but a scrap of bread plus a tiny amount of water, yet not allowed to even use a bathroom. Also, any gifts they were sent to them via the State Department (my mother and I would mail funds to the State Department so appropriate items could be purchased) were often discarded shortly after the visit.

    I am thankful that the girls are home but they have endured severe psychological trauma. I pray that I can help them overcome their past and that they will soon have faith in knowing that their future is whatever they want it to be.

    If anyone wants advice or support on how to handle a kidnapping case like mine, in which the Hague Treaty Act isn’t worth the paper it’s written on, please feel free to contact this site for my email address.

    I praise God for sites like this one.

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    forthelost said,

    March 11, 2012 @ 5:16 pm

    I’m pleased to find out your daughters are back home with you. Unfortunately, it seems like Mexico is a haven for abductors – very few are extradited and the Hague is rarely obeyed.

    I know of at least two other cases where children were removed from the home due to abuse by the abductor and in both those cases the left-behind parent has not been allowed to simply take them home.

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    Jennifer Aguilera-Hurtado said,

    March 13, 2012 @ 10:51 pm

    Thank you for your response to my comment and I do agree with what you stated. However, you missed the portion about the shelter where my children were housed to protect them from being kidnapped again. They were placed in a DIF facility-a highly secure group home type place where no one is allowed to take them unless they are with the US State Department or Mexican Central Authority. The girls had to stay at this facility for two years where they endured further abuse and were made to live like animals which completely traumatized them even further. When they arrived home, they had no idea how to act or react in society. They are still learning despite being home now for over one month. Though I am very thankful for the fact that they were no longer with their father, and a few staff members at the facility really did care for my kids; many of the staff members were apparently downright cruel. Also, due to understaffing and poor funding, the children were not supervised, nor were they properly fed, plus they were neglected often. I suppose it was the lesser of two evils.

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    forthelost said,

    March 15, 2012 @ 9:30 pm

    They shouldn’t have been placed there at all, or at most for a few days. You should have been able to take them back to Rhode Island with you. That makes no sense.

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