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Episode 55. Vikram Jagtiani

I’ve spoken on this show a few times about India. India is another ‘black hole’ for International Parental Child Abduction, and is in fact one of the top 3 in the world for abduction cases. Today I finally talk to a father who’s daughter was abducted by her mother to India from the U.S. Vikram Jagtiani. Vikram is not only an LBP but also a campaigner for raising awareness of IPCA with the organisation Bring our kids home. This is his story.
Also in this episode is audio from a video on the Bring our kids home Webpage which features several parents discussion their story.
Finally with so much bad news in the media lately, and inspired by the horrific scenes in the U.S. of children being forcibly removed from their parents I have audio of ‘The Pale Blue Dot’ by Carl Sagan. Something that always helps me put things in perspective.

Bring our kids home http://www.bringourkidshome.org/index.html
https://www.facebook.com/BOKHome/
Watch the Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9STrkTbOMY
Nidhi Sharma’s song “Na Rukengey” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AatTMEB00g
Carl Sagan “Pale Blue Dot” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wupToqz1e2g

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7 Replies to “Episode 55. Vikram Jagtiani”

  1. Parental Child Abduction is a CRIME and Child Abuse!
    Each year more than a 1,000 American children are reported abducted from the United States to other countries. Between 2010-14, 6,000 cases were reported. Less than 40% of the abducted children are returned. India is the No. 1 non-Hague Abduction Convention signatory destination of IPCA from the United States and No. 3 overall (U.S. Department of State, 2015)

    Bring Our Kids Home is a parent-led organization seeking the immediate return of children, kidnapped from the United States to India. This is in response to the alarming rate of child abductions to India and the lack of India’s cooperation in resolving these cases, point to decades of public policy missteps and the inaction by the United States to protect interests of American children and families.

    Since our founding, we have engaged the United States and Indian Governments to establish a robust legal path for the return of abducted children and prevent future parental child abductions from both nations.

    Bring Our Kids Home has worked actively on victim support, policy research, advocacy and awareness campaigns. Since 2015, Bring Our Kids Home has continued to deepen our engagement in the above areas, while expanding our capabilities to serve victims and the public interest, with regard to International parental child abduction (“IPCA”).
    http://www.bringourkidshome.org/index.html

  2. It seems that Mr. Adam Whittington CEO of CARI and Project Rescue Children (PRC) is being called out. He has been on a hate mission against anyone that he fears may be taking away his business for many years now. Adam Whittington has posted slanderous statements against those he considers “foes” for many years and the evidence is posted on a new website that has links to proof of all of the claims made by it.
    https://abpworldgroup.com/2018/03/30/whittingtoncari-com-launched-to-allow-people-to-understand-the-truth-behind-notorious-child-abduction-gang-leader-adam-whittington/

  3. Surviving Parental Alienation: Healing at Home
    Moderator: Dr. Noelle Hunter

    iStand Board Member Scott Berne is a parental abduction survivor of an infamous case which
    received national and international media and legal attention. Scott’s story was the test case for
    the first federal legislation to address international parental kidnapping. Today, Scott shares his
    experiences to help promote a true understanding of the relevance of parental abduction in our
    society, as well as the harmful effects on the children. Scott’s motto is Awareness + Education =
    Prevention.

    Upon the separation of his parents, Scott Berne’s entire world turned upside-down. When an ugly
    custody battle ensued, Scott became an innocent pawn in his mother’s attempt to destroy his father. As the mental health of Scott’s mother deteriorated, her behavior turned increasingly erratic – burning down their family home, hiring a hit man to kill Scott’s father, and finally, abducting Scott and his younger brother on their first unsupervised visitation after their father received full and permanent custody.

    Scott was taken to five countries and thirteen residences by his mother over a period of two years, instilling life-long instability, trust issues, anxiety and panic issues as well as exposure to life-threatening abuse and circumstances. Scott was miraculously recovered thanks to a babysitter who called the police after seeing Scott’s face in a missing child ad printed in the August 1981 edition of Ladies’ Home Journal. Scott’s mother was dramatically captured, and the case gripped national and international coverage as the
    State of Texas, where they were found, fought to recognize the custody of Scott’s father in New York. During this time, Scott and his younger brother spent several weeks in juvenile hall, due to the non-existence of proper protocol for caring for recovered kidnapped children.

    Today, Scott is a member of iStand Parent Network Board of Directors and a children’s rights advocate who has retold his experiences to many audiences and through his book, “Extraordinary Circumstances,” currently being sold all over the world. He has appeared on “Oprah” and throughout the talk-show circuit to spread the word that the results of parental abduction on the children are life-long, and that education is the only remedy. He most recently appeared on the Inspiring Lives with Dr. Shellie show on the CBS affiliate in Pittsburgh, an hour-long television talk show that focuses on individuals who strive to make a difference in our
    society.
    Scott is an active board member and spokesperson for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. He speaks regarding his experiences at events to help show just how real the issue of parental abduction is and the effects on the children. Scott works on his own and with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children with the goals of education, prevention and stronger laws to protect children.
    https://vimeo.com/133233674

  4. Donald Trump’s cruel administration has reached a new low.

    Immigration enforcement agents have been ripping children away from their parents at the border and locking them up in literal cages.1 Now, reports of rampant child abuse in detention facilities are rising and one immigrant parent even committed suicide.2,3 We need to put a stop to this barbaric practice now.

    Sen. Tina Smith and Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard have introduced legislation that would protect the rights of children and families in detention. Add your name now to demand that Congress advance this bill.

    https://act.credoaction.com/sign/families_belong_together?source-fb_post

  5. “Prolonged stress (also known as toxic stress) can permanently disrupt the structure and function of a child’s developing brain. These changes can manifest as greater likelihood of adopting unhealthy behaviors (e.g., smoking and illicit drug use), increased risk of diseases (e.g., obesity, heart disease and cancer), depression and socioeconomic inequalities.”
    https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/my-son-is-not-the-same-new-testimony-paints-bleak-picture-of-family-separation

  6. Thanks for highlighting the situation in India, this is a massive problem we need people to be aware of.

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