Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Hillary pushes Brazil in an international custody case

I missed this on the Today Show this morning but I watch the reacap. Hillary took time out of her busy schedule overseas to speak to NBC's "Today" show from Jerusalem. She defended a father on his rights to his son that he has been denied from for years. Hillary said the father, David Goldman, has followed the rules "under every known law of international adoption" and should be granted custody of his son. She applauded his efforts to get custody of the boy.

She is pushing Brazil to return him to his father in New Jersey. "I did raise it at the highest levels of the Brazilian government," she said.

If you have no idea what I am talking about here is the recap of the story: Goldman's wife, Bruna, took their son on a vacation to Brazil in 2004 and never returned to the United States. Goldman has said he was denied visitation rights to his son for years.

Bruna divorced Goldman, remarried and died last year after giving birth to another child. The boy is being raised by his stepfather, a lawyer in Rio de Janeiro.

Clinton said Goldman's case is an example of a problem that goes on around the world. She said there were nearly 50 U.S. children in similar situations in Brazil who should be returned to the U.S. - and more around the world.

She compared the case to the Elian Gonzalez custody battle, which ended in 2000 when her husband's administration decided that a young boy should be returned to his father in Cuba over the objections of relatives in Miami.

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