Posts Tagged ‘Sean’

Last night, John Walsh, on America’s Most Wanted (AMW), made a curious comment about missing children. He stated the FBI has 800,000 active missing children cases making it a point to distinguish them from missing adults. The statement wasn’t clarified in terms of whether they were family abductions; endangered runaways; non-family abductions; and lost, injured, or otherwise missing children. While it is a cumulative number covering an unspecified time frame, coincidentally there are in excess of 800,000 children reported missing each year according to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).

If there are that many active missing children cases, why are there “only” 2,707 children listed at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), an organization he help start?

He also mentioned in a story about missing Kyle Fleischmann , in 2007, Kyle’s family and friends formed The Kyle Fleischmann Foundation(KFF), a charitable and educational foundation that uses donated funds to help families find other missing adults.

Ironically, there was no mention of the National Center for Missing Adults(NCMA) which is sorely lacking in funds due to the failure of the U.S. Congress to re-authorize funding the past few years.

The National Center for Missing Adults (NCMA) is a division of Nation’s Missing Children Organization, Inc. (NMCO) – a 501c (3) non-profit organization working in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs.

The National Center for Missing Adults (NCMA) was formally established after the passage of Kristen’s Law (H.R. 2780) by the 106th United States Congress on October 26th, 2000 (S11181). As directed by H.R. 2780, NCMA operates as the national clearinghouse for missing adults, providing services and coordination between various government agencies, law enforcement, media, and most importantly – the families of missing adults. NCMA also maintains a national database of missing adults determined to be “endangered” or otherwise at-risk.

The reason this is being mentioned on a  blog about missing children is because of a recent post about David Goldman and his son Sean; “Fighting for Sean“. The number one question asked concerning his plight, “why isn’t the government helping him in his fight“?

Equally important is why aren’t they helping in all missing person cases? Afterall, Nanci Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, served as a member of the ” The Missing And Exploited Children’s Caucus“.

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Case Type: Hague Case

There are currently 37 abducted children listed at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children under the Case Type: Hague Case

Sean Goldman is not one of them nor is he listed as a missing child presumably because even though he was abducted in a custodial dispute, authorities know where he is. His father, David, told his story of his fight to find him last night on Dateline.

On the website BringSeanHome.org there is a letter describing his efforts.

I have been fighting in the Brazilian courts under The Hague Treaty for 4+ years. All counts of the law under The Hague Treaty as well as Brazilian, US and international law are clear and documented in court records in Brazil and the US that Sean was and still is being retained illegally and should be returned to the US.

Related Posts:

International abductions

International parental abductions

Fighting for Sean

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