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FBI Missing Persons page (brief summaries and descriptions)

FBI Missing Persons page (brief summaries and descriptions) – http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/kidnap

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What sorts of circumstances do people disappear under?
  • How long can missing person cases remain unsolved?
  • What can kidnapping victims look like?

Description:

Clickable photographs of people either kidnapped or disappeared. Each record has a summary of the case, a description of the missing person and in some cases additional photos.

This site will be helpful in getting a feel for the situations that people disappear under. They might also help as short story prompts.

Family resource guide on international parental kidnapping from DOJ (Includes search tips)

Family resource guide on international parental kidnapping from DOJ (Includes search tips)  – https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/215476.pdf

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What are the warning signs that your child is at risk of international parental kidnapping?
  • What is evidence of custodial right under the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction?
  • What can you tell local law enforcement that says they can’t do anything for 24 hours
  • or that they can’t do anything at all without a custody order?
  • What should a parent tell the FBI about an international child abduction in progress?
  • How can notifying your local school help in a case of international child abduction?

Description:

From the introduction, this 158 page book:

offers descriptions and realistic assessments of available civil and criminal remedies, explains applicable laws, identifies public and private resources, and identifies strategies to help left-behind parents recover their children or reestablish meaningful contact with them in another country.

Specific features of this book of likely interest to writers include:

  • Urgent Cases: Stopping an Abduction in Progress
  • Searching for Your Child
  • Abduction Checklist for Parents
  • Index of Frequently Asked Questions

Crime of Family Abduction from DOJ

Crime of Family Abduction from DOJ – https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/229933.pdf

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What might a searching parent feel after their child has been abducted?
  • What are three common characteristics of family abduction?
  • How might a child be lured away from his custodial parent?
  • What are some ways that an abducting parent controls their child?

Description:

From the introduction:

This publication offers insights into what it means to be abducted by a family member. Written from the perspective of the child and searching parent, it is designed to help you, the reader, understand the unique characteristics of family abduction and the nightmare that they have experienced. Although the individual circumstances surrounding the authors’ cases show the multifaceted diversity of family abduction, the one thing they have in common is that they were all missing child cases. The child victims in these cases were concealed by their abductor, hidden not just from their searching family, friends, schools, and community but also from the justice and child protection systems.

This work features a resource guide coming after the main sections of Being Missing, The Search and Recovery.

International Aspects of Family Law from Department of State

International Aspects of Family Law from Department of State – http://www.state.gov/s/l/family/

Representative question that can be answered with this resource:

  • Under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, what sort of assistance are central governments obliged to offer parents of abducted children?

Description:

Mostly links to treaties touching on family law. Might come in handy in romance novels.

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