There ARE some good judges and prosecutors in Poland.

As I continue watching a new case of another child abducted to Poland (Anika Kamiński) , I realized one thing:  I have never acknowledged a group of judges and prosecutors who ARE doing their jobs in Poland. Attorneys who DO follow the law in regards to Hague Convention cases. Many times going against their own colleagues, Polish  media, and very common, blind Polish nationalism. Many times these representatives of the law in Poland,  dearly pay with their personal carriers, and are being discriminated by politicians and corrupt bosses.

Up till now, I never used names of any particular individuals, who were involved in my cases throughout the years. I did see any reason to create any unnecessary  spectacle. I simply believed that keeping things in the courts, without media circus would be best for the case and the children. I only went to Polish media twice, in order to solicit their help in finding my children.  Telling my story publicly, was the price that the newspapers demanded in exchange for publishing the pictures of Amelia and Daniel .  Story that came out were slanted towards the mother, but still,  I thought worth the price of getting the message out.

Today however, since the Hague Convention law became irrelevant  in my case (see my article The day your abducted child turns 16, US government sends you a sad letter.) I decided, that it is the time to break my silence,. At least,  acknowledging the good, if not name the bad or corrupt (I am still thinking about it), must be done. It is the right thing to do.

I my case, the example of good is represented by  Judge Hanna Ostaszewska, who originally adjudicated my Hague Convention application case in Regional Family Court in  Gdańsk. She is one that  needs to be recognized at this time. Continue reading “There ARE some good judges and prosecutors in Poland.”

American father looses his daughter to Russian wife.

The story of Joshua Izzard is typical: as he traveled to Rome, his Russian wife decided to “return” to her homeland. Besides two suitcases, she took their daughter, the “burgeoning chip” in the war with her husband.

A crying girl with her father
Photo by Oleg Sidorenko under Creative Commons 2.0 License

The story of Joshua Izzard is  very typical: as he traveled to Rome, his Russian wife decided to “return” to her homeland. Besides two suitcases, she took their daughter, the “burgeoning chip” in the war with her husband.

Joshua’s story is not different of thousands of others. Among other examples of  unresolved cases of parental abductions, the article mentions our “own” Gerardo Serrano. His son Mycah, was abducted to Poland by the mother of the boy 13 years ago. Yes, Mycah is almost adult (he is 17), and to this day blames his father for …. the abduction. Mycah, is very angry at his father, and does not believe in parental abduction syndrome.

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2008 US State Department Compliance Report is out.

My last story was on the 2007 Compliance (or rather lack of) Report on Hague Convention Cases, prepared annually by the US State Department for the United States Congress. Here are my thoughts on the newest report. Has anything improved, or do we get another very pretty, but disappointing report, with many unanswered questions? You be the judge.

My last story was on the 2007 Compliance (or rather lack of) Report on Hague Convention Cases prepared by the US State Department. I didn’t realize (the time flies so fast) that the 2008 report was about to be released. Well, I found it today on the State Department web site.

As expected Poland as usual was listed in the top of shame list of countries with a pattern of non-compliance. What does need to do to qualify in such a distinction? Well, the country (such as Poland) has to fail in 2 out of 3 compliance areas:

1. Central Authority performance

2. Judicial performance

3. Law Enforcement performance.

It is almost impossible to fail all free (as the report concludes), and Honduras was the only country that was able to achieve that kind of “excellence” in lawlessness. Continue reading “2008 US State Department Compliance Report is out.”

2006 United States Report on Hague Convention Compliance

The latest report published by the U.S. Department of State was issued in April of 2007. Poland was listed as one of 7 countries demonstrating pattern of noncompliance (one step below the “”grand prize winner”” of this report – Honduras. Second place is not where any civilized country want to be! Especially, NOT on this list!

The latest report published by the U.S. Department of State was issued in April of 2007. Poland was listed as one of 7 countries demonstrating pattern of noncompliance (one step below the “grand prize winner” of this report – Honduras.

In secion about Poland the U.S. State Department writes: Continue reading “2006 United States Report on Hague Convention Compliance”

Enforcing the law in Poland – the theory and reality

It’s a holiday season – Christmas, Santa Claus, presents, egg nog, etc – but forgive me if I don’t feel festive. It has been five (5) months since the District Appeal Court in Gdansk has issued its final ruling on my Hague Convention application to return the children to USA – and my children are still in Poland! One would think that it’s impossible. How can it be?

It’s a holiday season – Christmas, Santa Claus, presents, egg nog, etc – but forgive me if I don’t feel festive. It has been five (5) months since the District Appeal Court in Gdansk has issued its final ruling on my Hague Convention application to return the children to USA – and my children are still in Poland! One would think that it’s impossible. How can it be?

The simple reality is, that my wife went into hiding with the children. She insists that the children are her “sole property” and that the current situation she is putting them in is a healthy one. Sadly, a lot of people in Poland’s legal system seems to agree with her. Others seem to be helpless. Continue reading “Enforcing the law in Poland – the theory and reality”