In March, President Obama, who is himself a parent, will travel to Saudi Arabia to meet with the Saudi King. Please help me make our president aware of my situation; ignoring the rights of a custodial mother is unacceptable in today's global and multicultural world. Your support will help raise awareness about international parental child kidnapping, its ramifications, and the need for more cooperation and support surrounding these issues between governments.

My name is Jessica and I am a U.S. Citizen. Twelve weeks ago my children were taken from me by their father, Majed Sayed, a Saudi national. In direct violation of our custody agreement he flew with them to Saudi Arabia – a country whose laws do not specifically protect the rights of a mother to her children or her children’s right to have their mother. In order to kidnap them he filed a false police report so that he could obtain replacement passports for our sons, and presented falsified information to his U.S. lawyer and a Saudi Arabian court about our relationship and custody agreement.

My husband and I are not legally divorced in Saudi Arabia, and because of this I cannot travel there without being legally beholden to him – he would still be considered my legal guardian, and as such would be able to prevent me from traveling, working, or even seeking medical attention. For the last 3 months I have tried to find a way to visit my children and eventually bring them back home. As of today, I still have no word from the Saudi consulate about a way for me to travel there to see them safely. As of today, my own government has still not provided any concrete assistance to pressure the Saudi government to help me. As of today, their father still refuses to acknowledge my basic human rights as their mother and also my Islamic right to have a mediator in domestic disputes.

Is my pain, my children's pain, not important enough? Is international parental child abduction not a big enough crime? Is depriving children of a loving mother inconsequential?

 

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Help return Jessica's kidnapped children! It is morally unacceptable to continue to ignore the rights of multinational parents and children. Help bring Jessica's children home and set a precedent to establish viable and enforceable international custody agreements.

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[Your name]

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    • Ryan Dunnion WILLIAMSPORT, PA
      • 16 days ago

      Because I know what it is like to not be with my child.

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    • saphia riggins MOBILE, AL
      • about 1 month ago

      my mom is an american my father is Saudi me and my sister escape from Saudi Arabia in June 20. 2014 i want to help all kids and mothers who are still trying to go out

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    • Joseph Vandergrift UXBRIDGE, MA
      • 2 months ago

      The same thing has happended to my 'love', a mother of 3 young children. Her ex took them to Canada on a 'visit' to his parents, and never returned. We have fought through courts in 2 U.S. states and now Canadian courts, which have added to the problems more than they have helped to resolve them. The Hague Convention is apparently a joke, meant more as lip service among politicians than an tool to assist aggrieved families. If someone knows how to gain adequate leverage in circumstances like this, I would be only too pleased to hear from them. Inspirations2k@msn.com

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    • Sandy Oliver HARRISBURG, PA
      • 2 months ago

      This is heartbreaking. Evil cannot prevail!

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    • Donna Amrollah SAN ANTONIO, TX
      • 3 months ago

      I am in the same situation. I want to reunite with my children. I have had no luck. And want no mother to go threw this.

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