Sign the petition: Return abducted minor Sean Goldman to his father

Sign the petition: Return abducted minor Sean Goldman to his father

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I am very touched by this sad situation. This situation proves that there is no law in the country that I was born and raised (Brazil).

If you want to help this father to have his son back, please sign the petition at:

If you want to read more about this, I copied the story below:

Four years ago Sean Goldman was abducted to Brazil by his mother Bruna Bianchi Goldman and her parents Silvana Bianchi Ribeiro and Raimundo Ribeiro. After her recent death, the man recently married to Bruna, João Paulo Lins e Silva, was shockingly awarded custody by a Brazilian court. Ever since the kidnapping, David Goldman has waged a legal battle to have Sean returned as required by U.S. law and an international treaty signed by both the U.S. and Brazil.

On June 16th, 2004, Bruna Goldman traveled with her son Sean from their home in New Jersey to her native Brazil. The next day, she informed her husband David Goldman that their marriage was over and that she and Sean would be living in Brazil. This unilateral action was a violation of the Hague Treaty on International Child Abduction, a treaty signed by many countries including both the United States and Brazil.  It states that Sean should have been returned to the United States for a joint custody hearing.
Instead, Bruna Goldman was granted custody by a local court in Brazil. According to the United States Department of State and the Brazilian Central Authority, this decision was also a violation of the treaty. However, the Brazilian Central Authority which oversees the treaty is advisory only. As a result, David began the appeals process, which in Brazil can take years to complete.

In August 2008, Bruna died tragically in Brazil. After Bruna's passing, David Goldman assumed he would finally be reunited with Sean. Unfortunately, David finds himself in the midst of another custody battle, this time with Bruna's new husband, João Paulo Lins e Silva.  Mr. Lins e Silva has also filed to replace David Goldman's name with his own on a birth certificate issued for Sean in Brazil, claiming socio-affective paternity which would effectively erase the child's true paternity.
Since 2004, David Goldman has fought a desperate and expensive legal battle for custody of his son, first with his wife and now against João Paulo Lins e Silva, a prominent lawyer specializing in international family law. Since the original abduction, David has never been permitted to see Sean and just this past October, Mr. Lins e Silva failed to make Sean available for a scheduled visitation with David and still has not been held accountable for violating a federal court order in Brazil. According to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, Sean should have been returned to the United States within six weeks of the abduction for a custodial hearing because his habitual residence had been established in the United States.
For more information on this tragic case and a list of additional ways you can help David Goldman, please visit

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    • Jesse Watts PITTSBURGH, PA
      • over 4 years ago

      I pray this boy will be fully and wholly returned to his father who has suffered for sooo long in pain!  Sean deserves to be with his father.  Please help

    • Jo Thompson VERO BEACH, FL
      • over 5 years ago

      On Wednesday June 3rd Congressman Chris Smith of New Jersey addressed the United States House of Representatives. His speech “On Sean Goldman - Justice Delayed Again” has been entered in the Congressional Record (Vol 155, No. 82),

      We quote three paragraphs from the Congressman's powerful speech.

      Madam Speaker, Why has Brazilian President Lula's government so comprehensively failed to honor and respect international law namely the Hague Convention...which it freely signed and ratified...?

      The Brazilian government must more fully understand that these reckless legal maneuverings which have no finality or compassion or justice and bring dishonor on the Brazilian government. How long will President Lula allow this disgraceful charade to continue?

      The Lula government has failed to honor its commitments under international law. And because of that a son has been deprived of his father, and a father deprived of his son. That's unconscionable.


      please visit the site, and give this father your support.

      • over 5 years ago

      This is so unfair for David and Sean. They should be together. I hope David has the strength to keep fighting until Sean is returned but clearly time is of the essence.

    • Jo Thompson VERO BEACH, FL
      • over 5 years ago

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      We appreciate everyone's help, ideas and suggestions. Our goals are to mobilize elected and diplomatic officials, lobby for media coverage, and promote public interest. We recommend the following steps:

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      Since the airing of David's story September 24th on the Today Show, we have made good progress in helping to bring Sean home, but more work needs to be done. Please, we encourage you to reach out to the people below. Call them, email them, contact them in any way possible to let them know that David needs their help. Tell them that this situation is a human tragedy that needs to be corrected soon. Encourage your friends to do the same. These are the people that can make a difference and help David bring his son home quickly.

      For all contacts PLEASE take the time to call these people IN ADDITION to sending emails and letters. Even if you end up having a ten second conversation with a less-than-helpful staffer, they will get the message that we mean business.

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      U.S. Department of State, SA-29
      2100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 4th Floor
      WASHINGTON, DC 20037
      Main Tel: (202) 736 9130

      Martha A. Pacheco
      Abduction Unit Chief
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      Ambassador Clifford Sobel
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      SES - Av. das Naçŏes, Quadra 801, Lote 03
      70403-900 - Brasília, DF
      Tel: 011 55 61 3312 7588
      Fax: 011 55 61 3312 7676

      President William J. Clinton
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      Representative Rush Holt (NJ-12)
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      Representative Chris Smith (NJ-4)
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      Hamilton, NJ District Office: (609) 585-7878
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      US Senator Frank Lautenberg (NJ)
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      US Senator Robert Menendez (NJ)
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      Member, Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Democracy and Human Rights
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      Note: To date, Senator Menendez has been non-responsive to requests for help. Let's hope that changes soon. -->

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      Washington, DC 20510
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      House Subcommittee on International Organizations & Human Rights & Oversight
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      Representative Judy Biggert (IL-13)
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      1034 Longworth House Office Building
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      Minister Celso Amorim
      Minister of Foreign Relations
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      H.E. Ambassador Antonio Patriota
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      H. E. Ambassador Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti
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      Tel: (212) 372-2608 / 2600
      Fax: (212) 371 5716
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      Special Secretary for Human Rights
      Phone: 011 55 61 3429 3975 (or try last 4 digits 3429 or 3481)
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      Brazil is a signatory to the international Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction

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      Below is the contact information for the Brazilian judges involved in this case. The first judge listed is the Superior Court judge who recently issued a TERRIBLE decision staying the Hague case and the visitation cases pending at the federal courts. This judge should have only ruled on the jurisdictional issue before him (State versus Federal) and instead pronounced that Sean would suffer “unrecoverable damage” if exposed to David before the holidays and that the visitation requests are “not urgent matters”.

      The second judge is the Federal judge who has the Hague case before him now while the third judge listed already ruled against David and denied visitation at the State family Court in Rio.

      Let them know how you feel about this case but PLEASE bear in mind that with the exception of the State Family Judge (Carnevale Ney da Silva) these judges HAVE NOT YET ISSUED FINAL RULINGS so we need to send separate emails to all of these judges. The last two judges listed, Gilson Dipp and Thiago Ribas Filho, are both senior members of the Brazilian judiciary and should also be aware of your concerns over the court proceedings in this case (you may want to cc them on your emails to Judge Luis Felipe Salomão and Judge Rafael de Souza Pereira Pinto).


      Superior Justice Court of Brazil (STJ) judge ruling on the conflict of jurisdiction issue:
      Hon. Judge Luis Felipe Salomão, Superior Tribunal de Justiça (STJ)
      Personal Profile:
      Email Form:
      Click on “Fale Conosco” to access the email form. Contact info:
      Please also copy the message you send to Judge Salomão to the following email addresses: - - Federal Judge responsible for the motion for return under the Hague Convention filed against João Paulo Lins e Silva: Hon. Judge Rafael de Souza Pereira Pinto, from the 16th Civil Chamber of the Federal Court of Rio de Janeiro, Email: Family Judge responsible for the motion for fatherhood and custody, filed by João Paulo Lins e Silva:
      Hon. Judge Gerardo Carnevale Ney da Silva, from the 2nd Chamber of the State Family Court of Rio de Janeiro, Email:


      President of Brazilian Judicial Administrative Council and Minister of the Superior Justice Court of Brazil (STJ, in Portuguese), Hon. Judge Gilson Dipp,
      please cc:,,,,,, -->State Court of Rio de Janeiro
      Comissão Estadual Judiciária de Adoção do Estado do RIO DE JANEIRO
      President: High Court Judge Thiago Ribas Filho
      Phone: (011) 21 3133-2656 / 2542 / 4040
      Fax: (011) 21 3133-2657 / 2210
      (Click on “OUVIDORIA”, “Fale com a Ouvidoria”, “Nova Manifestação”, “Enviar” and then click “Denúncia” which means complaint. You need only fill out the mandatory fields – Name, E-mail address and then type your letter in the “Fale conosco” field and click on “Enviar” again.)

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      Dear Senator / Congressman, I heard about the efforts of David Goldman to win back custody of his son Sean through the media. Most recently on Dateline NBC on January 30th and Larry King Live on March 4th. I am frustrated with this empty feeling of being unable to help him. I refuse to believe that our elected officials and U.S. State Department have been unable, for the past four years to apply the requisite pressure on the Brazilian government to rectify this gross injustice and have Sean returned to his biological father. Finally on February 5th, House Resolution 125 was submitted to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs by Congressman Christopher Smith of New Jersey. It requires cosponsors to move forward out of the committee to the entire House. Political partisanship should have no bearing here. Children are our greatest gift and to have one stolen away from us by a citizen of another country should be a matter of utmost urgency to the elected officials of this state and country. The media attention that this case has been receiving, and the tens of thousands of people who have joined this campaign, has given me great hope that David and his son will be permanently reunited soon. Passing House Resolution 125 would add great weight to this effort. I would like to see your name and picture on the the H. Res 125 page on honoring cosponsors. It is difficult for me to understand how the Brazilian courts can justify this miscarriage of justice they have been party to for over four years. No parent can be denied his or her God-given right to raise their child and that is a basic tenet of any civilized society. It is incredibly distressing that our elected officials and State Department cannot do more to see to it that the Brazilians abide by their obligations under the Hague Convention. Time is precious and David Goldman has already lost over four years with his son Sean – enough is enough. Will you please become a cosponsor of H. Res 125? Please watch this NBC Today Show video for background on the case: Much more information is available online at the web site: Sincerely, Banner Linking to banners are available in several designs, dimensions and orientation, horizontal or vertical. Please click on the banner below to switch to the Banner page displaying each type and the necessary code to insert on your web page or Blog.

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