Earlier this year parent advocates criticized the U.S. government for leaving 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez in the custody of relatives rather than reuniting him with his Cuban father. But about a thousand American children are subject to decisions by the governments and legal systems of other countries which have denied U.S. parents custody or visitation of their children. A panel talks about how custody disputes are handled on the international level, and why certain countries, including some U.S. allies, pose persistent problems.


  • Mary Marshall Director of the U.S. State Department Office of Children's Issues
  • Mary Hamouda Parent
  • Jim Rinaman Parent with Parents of Abducted Children Together (PACT)
  • Michael Wildes Attorney specializing in international custody law

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