Help Keep Battered Mothers And Children Together

by Pathways to Safety International
Help Keep Battered Mothers And Children Together

When Joan called us in December she was back in the USA for the holidays. She did not want to return to Argentina to her husband who was abusive.

She knew about the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction and needed an attorney. We connected her to one of our pro bono attorneys for a consultation.

The attorney echoed Joan's fear that her abusive husband would file a Hague Petition against her for wrongful retention as he had given her permission to take Lissa and Alix to the USA for two weeks only.

Joan let the attorney know that her husband's overseas assignment with a US company was going to end in March 2019. That was very helpful in putting together a plan to not have to return the children to Argentina.

Joan's abusive husband did file a Hague petition but he was not successful in forcing Joan to return the children. Joan has filed for custody of the children in the USA.

Because of donors like you, Joah, Lissa and Alix are living a life free of abuse back home in the USA. Thank you so much!

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This holiday season we are helping dozens of battered American mothers desperate to keep their children safely back home in the USA after they fled violence abroad.

Some are just beginning their journey, many have been fighting their battle for months, and even a few for several years.

We are in awe of these tenacious, detrmined survivors and we thank you for heling thse victims just trying to stay safe in their own country away from abuse.

Please consider donating once again to this project this giving season. You are giving the gift of safety and security in a home that is not violent.

Thank you for caring! The Pathways Team.

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Dina told her abusive husband in Spain that she was going home to the USA with her daughter Celeste to visit her parents for a month over the summer. He agreed. It was Dina's chance to escape his ongoing abuse. Since they had been living in Spain for over one year, Dina knew her husband may file kidnapping charges against her if she didn't return Celeste to Spain.

Dina suspected her husband  was sexually abusing Celeste. When Dina arrived home to the USA she immediately contacted Pathways.

We were able to get a child abuse evaluation conducted by a professional counselor for Celeste and an attorney for Dina.

When she didn't return, her husband threatened to file a Hague Petition for international child abduction. Dina was ready with the counselor's report confirming the suspected sexual abuse of Celeste.

Her husband backed down. Dina still has to go through divorce proceedings, but because of donors like you, Celeste will be able to stay at home in the USA with her mother and be safe.

Thank you for caring about keeping battered American mothers and their abused children safe!

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We truly appreciate your support for our project Help Keep Battered Mothers and Children Together.

We wanted to let you know that we have changed the name of the organization from the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center to Pathways To Safety International.

We feel the new name better reflects the work we do to help American victims of interpersonal and gender based violence abroad.

As a donor to this project, you are helping battered mothers keep their children safe from further abuse every day. And the resources and services this project provides are critical to keeping mothers and children together.

Thank you so much for your support and for your belief in our mission!

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Heather's husband gave her permission to spend Christmas with her family in the USA with her sons Mason & Liam as long as she returned to Germany by January 1st.

When Heather called us she was desperate to stay in the USA with her sons. She recounted horrible abuse by her husband in Germany. Heather had a police report and a medical report from when her husband got violent and and pushed her to the ground when she was holding Liam. Liam hit his head on the floor.Her husband told the police Heather had tripped and fallen over. Heather told the police the truth. Unfortunately, the police in Germany considered it a "he said, she said" situation and no charges were filed.

Heather knew if she didn't go back her abusive husband would file a Hague Petition to try to force her to return the boys to Germany.

We were able to get Heather an attorney because of donations like yours. When her abusive husband filed a Hague Petition when Heather didn't return to Germany, her attorney was ready to fight.

Heather's abusive husband dropped the Hague Petition and agreed to let Heather live in the USA with the boys after Heather's attorney uncovered more nefarious information about her abuser.

Today Mason, Liam and Heather are living happily in the USA! Than you for caring about battered mothers who need help to keep their children safe at home.

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Pathways to Safety International

Location: Portland, OR - USA
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Project Leader:
Paula Lucas
Portland, OR United States

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