Robyn Burke, (415) 603-9696 / Robyn.Burke@sfgov.org, Public Information Officer
SAN FRANCISCO – Today, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced a visit from eight emerging leaders from Peru—including judges and attorneys– who were nominated by the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). The visit was part of a State Department program on International Parental Child Abduction, hosted by Global Ties San Francisco. The delegation met with the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office Child Abduction Recovery Unit (CARU) to learn about litigating international, interstate, and local child abduction cases.
The Peruvian delegation consisted of superior and family court judges along with attorneys who focus on vulnerable populations. Among the topics discussed were child abductions involving foreign and federal agencies and returning abducted children to their home country.
“We were honored to host this esteemed group from Peru in meeting with our hardworking attorneys and investigators,” said District Attorney Chesa Boudin. “We are grateful for the opportunity to develop relationships with our international partners. Ensuring the safe return of abducted children relies on interagency and international teamwork. I am proud of the work of our office’s Child Abduction Recovery Unit to share our knowledge and learn from our international partners.”
“The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural affairs is thrilled to work alongside partners in the United States, such as the San Francisco Office of the District Attorney and our local affiliate, Global Ties San Francisco, to welcome International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) participants, such as the Peruvian judicial leaders and lawyers exploring best practices in resolving International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA) cases in the United States,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary for Professional and Cultural Exchanges at the U.S. Department of State Stacy White. “Through this IVLP, the participants gain contacts across the U.S. justice system, as well as non-governmental organizations that support parents, creating partnerships that will improve Hague Abduction Convention compliance.”
The meeting took place on May 2 and provided for the exchange of ideas between the visitors and their professional counterparts in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. Assistant District Attorney Alex Fasteau and District Attorney Investigators Lieutenant Molly Braun led the training on international child abductions.
“I was honored to be a part of the District Attorney hosting public officials from Peru–one of the United States’ treaty partners to the Hague Convention on the International Aspects of Child Abduction,” said Assistant District Attorney Alex Fasteau. “With the representatives, we shared our Office’s role in investigating, litigating, and facilitating the prompt return of children who have been wrongfully taken from one parent, by the other, across country, state, and county lines. Fostering these relationships with our treaty partners promotes the safety and well-being of children taken to and from San Francisco, as well as the respective countries.”
The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office Child Abduction Recovery Unit has assisted in the recovery of children both nationally and internationally and are in regular contact with regional, national, and international partners to facilitate the return of abducted children.