Episode 6. Paul Toland

On July 13th 2003, Erika Toland was abducted from her home at Negishi Navy Family Housing in Yokohama, Japan. She was abducted by her mother, Etsuko Toland, who subsequently died on October 31st, 2007. Since the death of her mother, Erika has been held in the possession of  her maternal Grandmother, Akiko Futagi. For seven long years her father, Captain Paul Toland, US Navy, has been trying to see his daughter Erika, but to no avail.  Today, Erika remains held captive in Japan, the black hole for child abduction, separated from her only living parent in the country from which no child has ever returned.  Erika is a beautiful 14 year old girl who deserves to know and feel the love of her only parent, as well as her grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins in the United States.

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9 Replies to “Episode 6. Paul Toland”

  1. The grandmother has her homecare organised – a granddaughter to look after her. Isn’t that theJapanese way? The children/grandchildren look after the elderly parents/grandparents. I believe that’s why Paul Browns xwife needed a child.
    Would you have married a Japanese woman if you’d known these strange customs? That’s why it is so important to get your message out there.

  2. In January 2011 two children, Gabriel Leonardo Makielski Rivera and Isabel Marie Makielski Rivera, where illegally taken to the Dominican Republic by their mother, Maria Rivera-Estevez. An existing court order is in place detailing custody, visitation, travel, and the U.S. as habitual residence for the children. The mother removed the children from Virginia and took them to the Dominican Republic without the father Robert Makielski’s authorization as required by the current custody order.

  3. There have been over 400 registered cases of parental abductions of American children to Japan since 1994. An estimated 10,000 U.S. children have been abducted or retained within Japan. To date, the Government of Japan has not returned a single American child to an American parent.

    Join the UW Jackson School Student Association, BAC Home – Bring Abducted Children Home, legal counsel, human rights experts, and speakers from the Office of Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal to learn about the specifics of international parental child abduction.

    We will be specifically discussing the case of BAC Home – Bring Abducted Children Home’s co-founder and Executive Director, Mr. Jeffery Morehouse. Mr. Morehouse’s son was abducted by his ex-wife and brought to Japan. The Japanese government recognized his sole custody but has not returned his son to him since 2010.

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