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Senator Joe Kyrillos Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13)
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December 22, 2009
Kyrillos Pleased that Abducted Child Closer to Coming Home from Brazil

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Father Waged 5-Year Custody Battle

Senator Joseph Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement today after a Brazilian court ruled that David Goldman’s son be returned to him after a 5-year custody battle. Goldman has been seeking custody of his son, Sean, who was taken to Brazil in 2004 by his now deceased mother and never returned. Lawyers on both sides agreed there is still a chance for the Brazilian family to appeal, though the chances of success are slight.

“I am pleased, that after 5 years, Brazil’s Chief Justice has decided to do what is morally and legally right, based on the tenets of the Hague convention. Now Sean Goldman is one step closer to being returned to the loving arms of his Dad, his only living parent. This has been a long time coming, and I am overjoyed for David, Sean and the entire Goldman family.

“Unfortunately, Sean Goldman is not the only young American that has been abducted to the country of Brazil and kept there against the wishes of parents and immediate family. An estimated 65 other young American children are there in blatant violation of international law. The leadership of Brazil must understand that there will be consequences if they continue to let their country become a haven for people who abduct children to avoid meeting the terms of divorce and custody agreements. Brazil is a sophisticated country, plays an important role in the world economy and has been designated the host of the Olympic games in 2016. It is absurd for Brazil to risk its standing among the world’s nations by flaunting just laws.”

Earlier this month Senator Kyrillos sponsored a resolution in the State Senate expressing support for David Goldman and his efforts to gain the return of his son.

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