U.S. Congressman Chris Smith, a New Jersey Republican, has previously accompanied David Goldman to Brazil in an effort to re-unite him with his son, Sean. He has introduced a resolution calling on Congress to pressure Brazil to return Sean.
Title: Calling on the central authority of Brazil to immediately discharge all its duties under the Hague Convention by facilitating and supporting Federal judicial proceedings as a matter of extreme urgency to obtain the return of Sean Goldman to his father, David Goldman, for immediate return to the United States.
On Saturday he spoke at a rally in Washington, D.C in support of David’s efforts to be re-united with Sean.
We welcome you President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to Washington, D.C. and to the White House today and want you to known that the American people deeply respect, admire and honor the Brazilian people and cherish the deep and abiding bond of friendship between our two nations.
Today, President Lula, we renew our earnest request for your personal intervention in immediately reuniting young Sean Goldman with his dad, David, in New Jersey.
Four and half years of unlawful separation has resulted in unbearable pain, agony and violation. Justice delayed is justice denied. I fully understand that the pursuit of social justice isn’t always convenient or easy. But it’s always right. The time for action is now.
Both of our governments fully understand the profound injustice of child abduction and unlawful retention even if the kidnapper happens to be a parent. That’s why both of our governments wisely ratified and acceded to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.
Respectfully, we ask you to fulfill your international treaty obligation and bring Sean home.
As you known, Mr. President, the Hague Convention prescribes clear, unambiguous actions that must be fulfilled by responsible parties.
In accordance with international law including and especially with the “expeditious return” provisions of the Hague Convention, Brazil’s only legitimate and legal option is to effectuate Sean’s return to New Jersey.
Mr. President, last month I had the extraordinary privilege of joining Sean and his dad in their first meeting in four and half years. Until last month’s reunion, David had been repeatedly denied the opportunity to visit with or see his son. That’s unconscionable. I can bear witness to the fact that Sean, now almost nine was delighted to see his dad. The love and familial bond between father and son was robust, heartwarming and obvious.
On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted 418 to 0 urging the Brazilian government to bring about the return of Sean Goldman to his dad in the United States with “extreme urgency.”
Mr. President, both our cultures esteem and value the paramount importance of the family, and the proper role and responsibility of parents in raising their children.
It is time to bring Sean home. You, Mr. President, can make the difference.
Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, after meeting with President Obama, response was Brazil says leave U.S. custody case to courts
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A fight for custody of an 8-year-old boy whose American father says was abducted by his Brazilian mother will be left to Brazil’s courts, Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula de Silva said Saturday.
“The problem of the child is in the (Brazilian) federal justice system,” he told a Portuguese-language news conference at the Brazilian Embassy, despite pressure from Washington for Brazil’s government to intervene in the dispute.
“We expect the justice system to do what the justice system should do … and the Brazilian government will respect it.”
According to a statement from State Department spokeswoman Megan Mattson, there are 70 abducted U..S. children in Brazil.
Reminiscent of President Obama’s stance on earmarks you might wonder if the administrations plan is to get it right with the next abducted child. Shouldn’t David Goldman and the parents of the other abducted children in Brazil have a right to expect a new era of responsibility and accountability by enforcing the Hague treaty?
In an article from the Chicago-Sun Times addressing the issue of earmarks.
“The future demands that we operate in a different way than we have in the past,” Obama said Wednesday. “This piece of legislation must mark an end to the old way of doing business and the beginning of a new era of responsibility and accountability that the American people have every right to expect and demand.”