Bring Abducted Son Urijah Home

$2,160 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 24 people in 35 months
Luke Willard
for The Missing Children's Defense Fund, Inc.
 WILMINGTON, NC
Urijah was abducted by his mother in September of 2012 and taken to Guatemala. Since then, the staff at Rice Law Firm as well as countless other individuals have been dedicating their time and effort to locate Urijah so we can serve his mother with papers and get him back to his home in the United States. We recently found Urijah, and now the real work is beginning. We need to raise money to send his father, Donald Seagraves, to Guatamela and to hire a defense attorney to represent him so we can bring Urijah home. Please help Urijah reunite with his father!
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It feels like riding a roller coaster over the past year. The greater Wilmington community truly came together to support Don Seagraves and the Missing Children's Defense Fund, Inc. to raise funds in our legal fight to have Urijah Seagraves returned to the United States.

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!
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Update on Fundraising:
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!

Case Developments:
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!
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Congressman David Rouzer, U.S Representative for North Carolina's 7th congressional district., personally called Attorney Mark Williams at Rice Law to offer his support yesterday.

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.
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Our campaign to bring Urijah home is picking up momentum and we thank you for that.

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!
A photo of Urijah from Guatemala Police
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Mark Spencer Williams
35 months ago
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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

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Don Seagraves
35 months ago
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God bless you all!!

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$2,160 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 24 people in 35 months
Created August 25, 2016
Funds raised will benefit:
The Missing Children's Defense Fund, Inc.
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Wilmington, NC
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Kelsey Pruitt
33 months ago
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Paul Blalock
34 months ago
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victoria kelly
34 months ago
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Matt DeLuca
34 months ago
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Get him home. Prayers with you.

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Peter Starr
34 months ago
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A worthy cause, begun by my good friend, Mark Spencer Williams.

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Timothy Christensen
34 months ago
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Dallas Romanowski
35 months ago
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Amber Afify
35 months ago
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Stay strong, Don! I'm praying for a quick return now that your son has been located. We are here if you need anything at all. - Amber & Michael

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Connie DeJeet
35 months ago
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Jonalyn Long
35 months ago
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I first heard about Don's search for his son over a year ago. Since then, he has never asked for help just support and prayers. I admire his dedication, strength and faith that has never waivered. Now he is closer than ever to being reconnected with Urijah!!

Mark Spencer Williams
35 months ago
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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

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Don Seagraves
35 months ago
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God bless you all!!

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