Abduction Pits VA Mom, Tunisian Dad in Fight for Children

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Third Call to Action: December 21, 2011

Happy Holidays everyone!

I am writing again to seek your help as we continue to fight to bring Eslam and Zainab home. No government official has, as of yet, responded to our petition that has now been signed by more than 6,000 people worldwide. The State Department has recently posted a blog congratulating Tunisia on its progressive steps toward democracy.

Please join me in calling on President Obama and Secretary Clinton to utilize every diplomatic and legal means to compel the newly elected Tunisian President and Cabinet to ensure the safe and speedy return of Eslam and Zainab to America. While it would be great to seek the return of Faical to face the U.S. justice system, it is not my deepest concern. Additionally, please help make an impact by contacting officials in the Tunisian Department of Justice and with their Prime Minister.

There are a few requests below. As before, I’m asking that you please act and then share this message with everyone you know.

Finally, I owe a great debt of gratitude to all of you who read this. But I especially want to be sure to let you all know how truly wonderful the core group of angels from the various agencies I’m working with have been. From my case worker at the State Department, to the staff at the American Embassy in Tunisia, to the Virginia State Police, FBI and Missing and Exploited Children, I have had nothing but their best attention and intentions. God indeed blessed me with an amazing team. I am firm that, with your help and theirs, Eslam and Zainab will be home soon!

Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart!

-Edeanna

 

1. PLEASE copy and paste the following both as a comment to the State Department’s Blog and as a comment to the State Department’s post on Facebook. Be sure to include the links to all of the media sources as well:

Secretary Clinton and President Obama,

While the United States congratulates Tunisia on its steps toward democratization, I demand that you publicly declare your deep and sincere concern for the return of the two kidnapped American children, Eslam and Zainab Chebbi (Dept. of State case: OCS 2011 319 2852) who were taken illegally from the United States to Tunisia by Faical Chebbi on November 11, 2011.

Having full legal and physical custody by mutual consent, the mother, Édeanna Johnson-Chebbi had registered all legal custody documents and orders regarding the children with the Tunisian Embassy in Washington, DC.  She was given direct assurances from the embassy that the children could not be issued Tunisian passports given the documentation provided.   Despite this, Faical was able to obtain Tunisian birth certificates and passports in both children’s names, without the knowledge or consent of their mother – their sole legal guardian.

To date, the Tunisian embassy refuses to admit any wrongdoing.  Two American children were taken from American soil at the aid of a foreign embassy on our land.  I demand your full attention,  and the use of every diplomatic and legal means at your command, to ensure that the new leadership of Tunisia, from the President down, work within their full capacities to see that Eslam and Zainab return to their mother in the United States this holiday season.

Sincerely,

 

https://www.facebook.com/ReturnUShome

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/275/669/976/

http://www.wjla.com/articles/2011/12/a-mother-struggles-for-her-children-s-return-69957.html

http://washingtonexaminer.com/local/crime-punishment/2011/12/dad-takes-kids-fairfax-flees-tunisia/2020661

http://oakton.patch.com/articles/mother-accuses-tunisian-embassy-of-aiding-kidnapping#photo-8632267

http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Woman-Fights-to-Get-Children-Back-From-Tunisia-135071208.html

 

2. Copy and Paste the following message and send it to the following email addresses for the Ministry of Justice and for the Higher Institute for the Judiciary in Tunisia

Email addresses:

info@ism-justice.nat.tn

minjus.ism@email.ati.tn

info@e-justice.tn

Text:

Dear Members of the Tunisian Justice community,

I am writing on behalf of Edeanna Chebbi, in regards to her two children, Eslam Chebbi (5) and Zainab Chebbi (2).  On November 11, 2011, Faical Chebbi, a Tunisian and American citizen, illegally abducted the two children from the United States.  On January 5, 2011 Faical granted Edeanna full legal and physical custody of Eslam and Zainab in the United States.  Faical and Edeanna were legally divorced in the United States on October 26, 2011, without contest.

Faical grew weary of failed attempts to survive in the U.S. and, in a last attempt to harm his now ex-wife, he abducted their two small children, and returned to Tunisia. Edeanna has been fighting for the return of Eslam and Zainab to the United States since she became aware of the abduction.  Presently there are both State and Federal warrants issued in the U.S. both for the return of the children and for the arrest of Faical Chebbi.

Edeanna is attempting to comply with Tunisian law in obtaining the safe and speedy return of the children to their home in America. I am writing to ask for your assistance in ensuring that the rights of Eslam and Zainab are preserved and that justice prevails in the new Tunisian system.

I ask that you contact the American Embassy in Tunisia to inquire further about this case and utilize your full means to help return Eslam and Zainab to their home, their family and friends, and their mother, Edeanna Chebbi.

With appreciation,

 

http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewPoster&caseNum=1183540&orgPrefix=NCMC&searchLang=en_US

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/275/669/976/

http://www.wjla.com/articles/2011/12/a-mother-struggles-for-her-children-s-return-69957.html

http://washingtonexaminer.com/local/crime-punishment/2011/12/dad-takes-kids-fairfax-flees-tunisia/2020661

http://oakton.patch.com/articles/mother-accuses-tunisian-embassy-of-aiding-kidnapping#photo-8632267

http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Woman-Fights-to-Get-Children-Back-From-Tunisia-135071208.html

 

3. Copy and Paste the following to the new Tunisian Prime Minister’s request page at: Prime Minister’s Page .  You can put your city, state and country as the address.   Subject: Abduction of 2 small children.

[NOTE: the site automatically comes up in Arabic.  The lines mean, in order: Name, email address, Subject, then message.  You can click on the french at the top and then hit the contact button to see it in English as well]

Dear Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali,

I am writing in request that you share my concerns below with newly elected President Moncef Marzouki.

On November 11, 2011, Faical Chebbi, a Tunisian citizen by birth, and American citizen by naturalization, illegally abducted Eslam Chebbi and Zainab Chebbi from the United States to Tunisia.

Faical grew weary of failed attempts to survive in the U.S. and, in a last attempt to harm his now ex-wife, Edeanna Chebbi, he abducted their two small children, and returned to Tunisia.

Having full legal and physical custody by mutual consent, Edeanna Chebbi had registered all legal custody documents and orders regarding the children with the Tunisian Embassy in Washington, DC in June of 2011. She was given direct assurances from the embassy that the children could not be issued Tunisian passports given this documentation.

Despite this, the embassy issued Tunisian birth certificates and passports in both children’s names, and without knowledge or consent of their mother. This act contributed to the kidnapping of Eslam and Zainab.

There are now State and Federal warrants and court orders issued in the United States both for the return of Eslam and Zainab to their mother, and for the arrest of Faical Chebbi for the abduction of Eslam and Zainab. Full information regarding this case may be obtained from the American Embassy in Tunisia.  Furthermore, the Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Tunisian Ambassador in the U.S. have all been provided all relevant information regarding this case.

I am asking that you convey my concerns with President Marzouki that he give his full attention to this case, and show the international community that Tunisia is fully vested in engaging fairly and humanely as it re-establishes itself in the global community.

Eslam and Zainab deserve to be with their rightful custodial parent, Faical kidnapped these children from their mother, their home, and their family and friends to hide under the laws of a former Tunisia that he felt would protect him.

I urge you to show the world community that Tunisia will not support criminal behavior and harbor international criminals, and show Eslam and Zainab that they too have rights, by returning them home to the United States where they belong.

Sincerely,

 

http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewPoster&caseNum=1183540&orgPrefix=NCMC&searchLang=en_US

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/275/669/976/

http://www.wjla.com/articles/2011/12/a-mother-struggles-for-her-children-s-return-69957.html

http://washingtonexaminer.com/local/crime-punishment/2011/12/dad-takes-kids-fairfax-flees-tunisia/2020661

http://oakton.patch.com/articles/mother-accuses-tunisian-embassy-of-aiding-kidnapping#photo-8632267

http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Woman-Fights-to-Get-Children-Back-From-Tunisia-135071208.html

Second Call to Action: December

Hi all,

I need your help to get the media’s attention! Please copy and paste the Press Release below, per the instructions and help us get the word out! It will make a TREMENDOUS difference! Thank you!

Edeanna

On Facebook, simply copy the entire article from top to bottom, and paste on the following walls:

Leon Harris via FB, Post to wall: Link to Leon

Kris Van Cleave via FB, Post to wall: Link to Kris

Cynné Simpson via FB, Post to wall: Link to Cynne

Donnie Simpson via FB, Post to wall: Link to Donnie

Matt Lauer via FB, Post to wall:Link to Matt

Doreen Gentzler via FB, Post to wall:Link to Doreen

Fox 5 via FB, Post to wall:Link to Fox

The Washington Post via FB, Post to wall: Link to WashingtonPost

The Washington Times via FB, Post to wall:Link to WashingtonTimes

 

Via EMAIL, simply copy the entire article from top to bottom, and paste in the body of your email. Then, copy each email address and past in the To: field and send!

NBC 4 (email) – tips@nbcwashington.com

WUSA 9 (email) – wusa-assignmentdesk@wusa9.com


Here’s the text to copy and paste:

Local Mother Accuses Tunisian Embassy of Enabling Kidnapping of Her Small Children

For Immediate Release –  Washington, DC — Return US Home

On Monday, December 5, 2011 at 12 noon, a rally will be held at the Embassy of Tunisia in Washington, DC.  The event, organized by Return US Home, will send the message “No. Never Again!” as supporters walk in solidarity with a local American woman, Édeanna Chebbi.

On November 11, 2011, Mrs. Chebbi’s ex-husband, Faical Chebbi, abducted their two small children, Eslam (5) and Zainab (2.5), to his country of origin, Tunisia.  A few months prior to the abduction, Mrs. Chebbi met with an official at the Tunisian embassy and was given an assurance that her now ex-husband would not be able to obtain passports for their children without her permission, as it would violate U.S. law.  A file was created at the embassy in Mr. Chebbi’s name containing copies of former protective orders, and a legal separation agreement granting her full legal and physical custody of their two children.

Despite the embassy’s assurances, Mr. Chebbi was provided with passports for both children.  The mother claims that the embassy’s actions disregarded U.S. custody laws and allowed her ex-husband to kidnap the minors.

Mr. Chebbi now resides with Eslam and Zainab in Tunis, Tunisia at the home of Abdallah and Mbarka Chebbi.  He claims he will not return the children to the United States.  Instead, he intends to raise the children in his parents’ home in Tunis.

Because Tunisia is not a signatory to the Hague, or any such international agreements, they are not required to comply with U.S. laws.  Additionally, the laws in Tunisia dictate that regardless of custody rights, children are not allowed to leave the country without their father’s consent.

Mrs. Chebbi has been in communication with the Tunisian Ambassader, Mr. Salah Tekaya, and with the Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, most recently headed by Mr. Mohammed Mouldi Kefi.  She has made it clear to the Ambassador that she holds the embassy responsible for aiding and supporting the kidnapping of her children.

In a recent email correspondence, Mrs. Chebbi wrote: “There are many more who fear the same plight in their own domestic circumstances where abusive spouses threaten to use your embassy’s loose and unconcerned policies to allow them to break U.S. laws and illegally abduct children to Tunisia.  I believe you have a duty to respect and uphold the laws of the country in which your embassy resides.”

In a meeting with the First Secretary, Yessine Salah, last week, Mrs. Chebbi was informed that embassy staff could not consider investigating every request for passports they receive, because it would simply take too much time.

# # #

Contact: Édeanna Chebbi

Cell: 202-505-1532

Email: returnushome@gmail.com

American Mom Protests Tunisian Embassy Involvement in Her Children’s Kidnapping

American Mom Protests Tunisian Embassy Involvement in Her Children’s Kidnapping
For Immediate Release –  Washington, DC — Return US Home
On Monday, December 5, 2011 at 12 noon, protesters will rally at the Embassy of Tunisia in Washington, DC to support a local American mother, Édeanna Johnson Chebbi. The event was organized by Return US Home to call attention to the kidnap of Mrs. Chebbi’s children and the culpability of the embassy in the situation.
On November 11, 2011, Mrs. Chebbi’s abusive ex-husband, Faical Chebbi, abducted their two small children, Eslam (5) and Zainab (2.5), to his country of origin, Tunisia.  A few months prior to the abduction, Mrs. Chebbi met with a Tunisian embassy official who assured her that her then-estranged husband would not be able to obtain passports for their children without her permission, as it would violate U.S. law.  A file was created at the embassy in Mr. Chebbi’s name containing copies of former protective orders, and a legal separation agreement granting her full legal and physical custody of their two children.
Despite the embassy’s assurances, Mr. Chebbi was provided with passports for both children.  The mother claims that the embassy’s actions disregarded U.S. custody laws and allowed her ex-husband to kidnap the minors.
Mr. Chebbi now resides with Eslam and Zainab in Tunis, Tunisia at the home of Abdallah and Mbarka Chebbi.  He claims he intends to raise the children in his parents’ home in Tunis and will not return the children to the United States.
Because Tunisia is not a signatory to the Hague, or any such international agreements, they are not required to comply with U.S. laws.  Additionally, the laws in Tunisia dictate that regardless of custody rights, children are not allowed to leave the country without their father’s consent.
Mrs. Chebbi has been in communication with the Tunisian Ambassador, Mr. Salah Tekaya, and with the Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, most recently headed by Mr. Mohammed Mouldi Kefi.  She has made it clear to the Ambassador that she holds the embassy responsible for aiding and supporting the kidnapping of her children.
In a recent email correspondence, Mrs. Chebbi wrote: “There are many more who fear the same plight in their own domestic circumstances where abusive spouses threaten to use your embassy’s loose and unconcerned policies to allow them to break U.S. laws and illegally abduct children to Tunisia.  I believe you have a duty to respect and uphold the laws of the country in which your embassy resides.”
 In a meeting with the First Secretary, Yessine Salah, last week, Mrs. Chebbi was informed that embassy staff could not consider investigating every request for passports they receive, because it would simply take too much time.
# # #
Contact: Édeanna Johnson Chebbi
Cell: 202-505-1532

First Call to Action

I want to thank you again for everyone’s support. Your voices have been heard and I’m asking one more time that you assist me in shouting even more!

Below are some specific needs and requests.  Please act on anything that you can and then please forward this email on to any and everyone you know!

Rest assured that I am confident Eslam and Zainab will return home soon.  However, your prayers and positive thoughts go a LONG way!

This email contains a LOT of information, so I thank you in advance!

All the Best,

Edeanna

 

1.  Please contact your senators and representatives.

A letter that you can copy and paste is posted at the close of this email. Just be sure to fill in the brackets with the necessary information, and paste it to your congressman or representatives facebook or webpage. You can find your representative’s contact information here: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

 

2. JOIN us on Monday, December 5, 2011 in front of the Tunisian Embassy in Washington, DC (1515 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20005) directly behind the NEA headquarters) at 12 Noon!

We will rally to demand that the Tunisian embassy institute a policy of compliance with U.S. law, review any and all requests made for passports for children born in the United States, and stop allowing parents to illegally kidnap children out of this country.  We will also demand the return of Eslam and Zainab to the U.S.

Posters, slogans, and voices will all be needed and appreciated!

Email Sabeen at: returnushome@gmail.com for more information or with any questions or concerns.

Follow: https://www.facebook.com/ReturnUShome for more updates

 

3. Please copy and paste the following message to the Ambassador’s website at: http://www.tunconsusa.org/#!contacts

 

Dear Ambassador Tekaya,

I am writing in response to the ongoing case of the kidnapped children (Eslam, 5, and Zainab 2.5) of Edeanna M. Chebbi.

I ask that you exercise all of your diplomatic means to ensure the safe and speedy return of Eslam and Zainab to their mother.

I understand that their father, Faical Chebbi, obtained Tunisian passports from your embassy despite an open file in your offices containing legally binding documents regarding custody, and orders that the children not be removed from the U.S. I further understand that your embassy provided false assurances to Edeanna that her children would not be issued Tunisian passports. I finally understand that your embassy did not provide the courtesy to inform Edeanna that passports had been issued for her children, for whom she has sole legal and physical custody, and per the documents on file within your embassy.

I respectfully request that you amend your practices to ensure that your embassy will never assist another man to use Tunisian citizenship as a means to illegally abduct a child from the United States, such as it did in this case.

Thank you.

____________________________________________________________

4. Keep up to date via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/ReturnUShome

* An account is being established to assist with the costs associated with bringing Eslam and Zainab home. Information and links will be posted for this tomorrow. Please go to http://www.facebook.com/ReturnUShome to keep updated.

(Any contributions will be utilized to aid in costs of travel, translators, lawyers, and additional costs related to bringing Eslam and Zainab home.  Any additional or unused monies in this fund will be donated to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to aid their efforts in assisting families of abducted children reunite.)

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for all of your support!

____________________________________________________________

Dear [Enter Congressman/Representatives Name],

I am writing to ask that you give your full attention to the matter detailed below:

On November 11, 2011, Faical Chebbi kidnapped Eslam Chebbi (5) and Zainab Chebbi (2.5) to Tunisia, his home country.  Eslam, Zainab, and Édeanna Chebbi (the children’s mother), are all born and raised in America and legally US citizens.

In early 2011 Faical and Édeanna legally separated and sole legal physical custody was mutually granted to Édeanna.  In July of 2011, Édeanna provided all of her legal custody documents and protective orders to the ambassadorial staff at the Tunisian Embassy in Washington, DC.  She was given assurances in person that neither Eslam nor Zainab would or could be issued Tunisian passports because it would be in violation of U.S. law via the custody orders and a previous order that neither child be removed from the U.S.  These assurances, however, have proven to have been false.

Following a final divorce hearing on October 26, 2011, where child support was established, Faical fled the country using Tunisian passports for himself, Eslam and Zainab.

I beg upon your conscience to join your colleagues and utilize any and all diplomatic influences to compel the Tunisian Ambassador Mohamed Salah Tekaya, the Foreign Minister, Mohammed Mouldi Kefi, and any other relevant Tunisian authority to comply with U.S. court orders of custody and take immediate action to support the return of Eslam and Zainab to their mother in the U.S.

Édeanna has signed a Privacy Act waiver with the State Department, granting members of Congress access to her files and details of this case.  A case number and direct contact may be obtained by request at: edeannaj@gmail.com. These files include all court orders, custody orders, and information on any state and federal warrants issued or pending in this case.

While Tunisia is not presently a signatory to the Hague agreements, I am certain that in these times of renewed diplomacy, Tunisia would be enthusiastic to show its desire to work with the U.S. and set a precedent for fair and friendly relations.

With sincere gratitude and thanks,

 

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