Bring Abducted Son Urijah Home
We won our legal battles in the trial court. The mother who still faces arrest warrants in the U.S. appealed the decision to the Guatemalan Court of Appeals. We won at the Court of Appeals.
Now she has appealed to the Guatemalan Supreme Court.
Unfortunately, Don has endured yet another Christmas without his son. The U.S. continues to fund Guatemala even though they have a history of noncompliance with the Hague Treaty.
Please keep little Urijah and his father in your thoughts and prayers.
We continue to accept donations as the legal fees and travel fees continue to rise.
Thanks for your help and your interest!
We have a charity golf tournament scheduled for October 22, 2016 at Echo Farms to raise additional funds to assist Mr. Seagraves in getting his son, Urijah, back from Guatemala. Details on the golf tournament are available at http://www.planmygolfevent.com/29883-BringUrijahHome/
Many individuals and businesses have come together to support and sponsor this effort. And we APPRECIATE everyone's help!
The U.S. State Department is refusing to provide the exact location of the minor child and representatives of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children reports that proper procedures for the return of Urijah are not being followed by officials in Guatemala.
The U.S. State Department's spokesperson, Kevin Brosnahan, Bureau of Consular Affairs, State Department has stated "Regarding the case of Urijah O’Neal Seagraves. For your background, Guatemala is
partnered with the United States under the Hague Abduction Convention. Since joining the Convention in 2008, the Department has cited Guatemala five times for patterns of noncompliance. The Department is working closely with Guatemala to address the
patterns of noncompliance."
So even though we have found the child, we need the U.S. Government to put pressure on Guatemala to comply with the International Treaty it signed on child abduction. U.S. Congressman David Rouzer and his staff are helping with these issues.
We have also located an attorney for Donald in Guatemala but they will not work for free....
So we continue to need your help and support. Thank you!
Guatemala does not have a good track record with honoring the treaty, the Hague Convention, signed with the United States meaning they have not performed well in returning children abducted to Guatemala. See http://www.internationalfamilylawfirm.com/2014/05/latest-us-hague-abduction-convention.html for more information.
Therefore we need the support of more elected officials like Congressman Rouzer to put pressure on the US State Department to enforce our treaty with Guatemala.
WECT ran a story yesterday at http://www.wect.com/story/32939216/pender-county-boy-missing-since-2012-located-in-guatemala about Urijah's abduction.
Individuals continue to come forward to help bring Urijah home. We welcome donations, prayers and volunteers in this effort.
The Rice Law Firm is donating all of its time pro bono without charge to Urijah's dad, Donald Seagraves.
Community leaders including Tony Stroud of Stroud and Company, CPA, Michael Davenport, Attorney at Law, Fred Owens, Attorney at Law, Ashton Overholt, Attorney at Law and Bill Ratcliff of Cape Fear Investigative Services have come together to create a non-profit corporation and 501(c)(3), the Missing Children's Defense Fund. Inc. to help raise money for this effort.
Mike Fey, retired Wilmington Police Department, is helping with a golf tournament tentatively scheduled for October to help raise funds.
We need help with the following:
(1) Please share this site and ask your friends and family to share it and to donate. Even $5 helps bring Urijah home!
(2) If you have contacts in Guatemala, we need to locate an attorney with knowledge of the Hague Treaty who can effectively represent Mr. Seagraves to enforce the North Carolina order giving him sole custody
(3) We need volunteers to help with the golf tournament, to obtain prizes and to translate legal documents into Spanish.
Thanks for your help!
The Law Firm, Rice Law, PLLC, is working this case for free (pro bono). The funds are needed to hire an attorney in Guatemala, for transportation and court costs. We need for Guatemala to recognize the US Court Order giving Mr. Donald Seagraves sole custody of his son and requiring he be returned to North Carolina. There is also an arrest warrant for Ivonne Seagraves who abducted Urijah in 2012. Please help - any donation will help bring Urijah home #bringhimhome