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Mothers & Children Seeking Safety in the US: A Study of International Child Abduction Cases Involving Domestic Violence

Dr. Jeffrey Edleson, University of Minnesota; Ms. Sudha Shetty, University of Minnesota; Dr. Taryn Lindhorst, University of Washington

Since the implementation of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, thousands of abused women have faced complex litigation after seeking safety in the United States. Many have been court ordered to return their to the country from which they fled and often to their abusive partners custody. The presenters discussed the findings of an NIJ-funded study focusing on the experiences of women who as victims of domestic violence in another country, come to the U.S. in an effort to protect themselves and their children, and then face international child abduction procedures under the Hague Convention.

Date Published: October 12, 2010