WE MATTER – Call to Action (May 31, 2012)

Hi all!

I hope you’ve had a chance to view and share our new video, WE MATTER.

We are nearing 7 months since the abduction of Eslam and Zainab, and are nearly 5 months in Tunisian court without a first ruling.  Although the Tunisian authorities have delegated their response to their courts, we remain adamant that Eslam and Zainab’s return is a matter for political and diplomatic remedy.  The custody and legal authority regarding these babies were made in the United States in January 2011, by mutual consent of both their father and me.  The law has already spoken.

The U.S. FBI has issued a warrant and extradition request for the arrest of the children’s father for the criminal act of kidnapping.  The children have been listed on yellow alert through Interpol as missing.  Courts in the State of Maryland and Virginia have issued orders for the immediate return of Eslam and Zainab Chebbi, using any force necessary.  All of these items are relevant and actionable in our case.

Together we have made an impact. Let’s continue the fight to bring Eslam and Zainab home. Join me in demanding that both the U.S. and Tunisian authorities utilize every means of political and diplomatic authority to see the return of Eslam and Zainab to the U.S. where they belong.

As always, please act, and then share this message with everyone you know!

Thank you,

Edeanna

P.S.  If you’d like to support us financially, please hit the “Donate” link on the right. All contributions help to cover the cost of living, legal costs, and other expenses incurred in the fight to bring Eslam and Zainab home.

 

1.    Please copy and paste this message to Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. Remember to sign your name at the bottom.

 

2.      Please copy and paste this message to the Tunisian Minister of Justice, Noureddine Bhiri, and e-mail to: info@e-justice.tn, info@ism-justice.nat.tn and minjus.ism@email.ati.tn.  Remember to sign your name at the bottom.
(You can also print, sign and fax this letter to: +216 71 568 106)

3.      Please view our new video, WE MATTER, and spread it far and wide! Remember to use the social buttons and “like” the video as well!

 

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @returnushome, and on Facebook!

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Update and Request for Action

Hi all,
I know it’s been a while since I’ve written.  I have been holding off in hopes that I could provide some specific news.  However, I am still limited to reporting general information, and again seeking your assistance.

We continue to fight legally to obtain a judgement to recognize the U.S. judgments as Tunisian law, so that I may return home with the babies.  Because legal avenues continue to prove lengthy, I am revamping efforts to solicit congressional support.  This is a brief request for help (below), but will be followed by more in the coming days.

We continue to seek your thoughts and prayers. Additionally, I’m asking that you assist our efforts by acting on and forwarding this message to all of your contacts on our behalf.

My sincere thanks for your support and love through this entire process.  Tomorrow marks 6 months since my babies were taken from the life we miss and desire to return to.  Let’s make sure it’s a date commemorated with action and advocacy on their behalf!

All the best,
Edeanna

Please Copy and Paste this letter to Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, and send at: http://www.democraticleader.gov/contact  (REMEMBER to sign your name at the bottom)

Please Copy and Paste this letter to Tunisian Foreign Minister Rafik Abdessalem, and send at: http://www.diplomatie.gov.tn/index.php?id=353&L=2  (REMEMBER to sign your name at the bottom)

Additionally, if you are on Twitter, please subscribe to @returnushome, and copy and paste the following tweet (or retweet from @returnushome):

Advocate against child abduction to Tunisia: http://wp.me/p26atV-3H @keithellison @JohnKerry @SenatorCardin @ForeignAffGOP @RepWOLFPress

***Feel free to also forward the tweet to any person, representative or group you believe may advocate for us!

Keep up-to-date via our webpage: returnushome.wordpress.com and on facebook at: www.facebook.com/returnushome

New Request for Support

Good morning all,
If you’ve been following the Return US Home web and facebook pages, you are aware that we are making new strides in advocating for the return of Eslam and Zainab, as well as for Bakr Hizi (2). Our fight, however, is not over yet. I continue to appreciate and rely on your support to see our endeavors through to victory.

On Monday, April 23 @ 12:30 we are hosting a new rally at the Tunisian embassy (in Washington, DC) to shed light on our case, and the case of Zineb Nabaoui, whose son, Bakr, was abducted in early March of this year.  I invite you to both join the rally, and to share and distribute the flyer amongst your various online and local/religious communities.  As you know, our message is mightier in numbers!

I also need your help in contacting the media.  This time, I am not providing links to any specific outlets, but ask that you please forward the latest press release to any media contacts you may have personally.

Additionally, we have been in touch with a number of political leaders both in the U.S. and in Tunisia to solicit support of our efforts to ensure the rights of left-behind parents in the face of future abductions.  I will be asking for further support of this effort in a future message.

Presently, our greatest need is your presence at the rally, and your financial support.  I am not a fundraiser by nature, but the cost of living in Tunisia, traveling to see the kids, and obtaining translations of legal and official documents are taking a toll. Any amount you may be willing to contribute to Return US Home will go far in helping to offset these expenses.  While Return US Home is not yet a 501 (c) 3 organization, it is my understanding that any contribution may be recorded as a “gift” for tax purposes (please consult a tax professional for clarification).  For those who’ve already contributed, thank you letters are far overdue, but will be coming shortly.  Know that your support has made a tremendous difference!

Eslam and Zainab are doing well. They are both growing more anxious about spending time with their mommy.  We continue to see each other almost daily at the house of their grandparents. I am still only allowed to bring one child at a time to my home at present.  The three of us appreciate this time, but are growing weary of not being able to be together freely. I remain faithful that this will all change very soon. Despite the circumstances, both children continue to amaze me almost daily. Their spirit, intellect and personalities are an exhilarating experience that perhaps only a mother can truly understand. Those of you who know them personally are aware of their special nature. I thank God every day that I am blessed to be the mother of such awesome kids!

We will be in court again on April 24, and look forward to receiving a first determination on our equivalency case within a few weeks.  I will surely keep you all up-to-date.

In the meantime, the present focus is the rally on April 23.

All the best,
Edeanna

Flyer: Rally for Justice and Human Rights: Bring our babies home – April 23 @ 12:30pm

Please circulate the flyer and press release to your online and local/religious communities.  Feel free (i.e. PLEASE DO) to download, print, and distribute within the local DC area.

Join us on April 23, 2012 as we march in solidarity to demand that Tunisia stand up for the rights of these children and denounce the growing trend of abductions.  There is no democracy without human rights, and ensuring the rights of the helpless and innocent are paramount in the eyes of justice.

United, we will make a difference!

 

Flyer, Rally for Justice and Human Rights – Bring our Babies Home, April 23 @ 12:30pm

Rally for Justice and Human Rights: Bring our babies home! April 23, 2012 at 12:30pm (Tunisian Embassy)

Meet us in front of the Tunisian Embassy on April 23, 2012 at 12:30 pm.
(address: 1515 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005)

Bring your voice, bring your signs!
Support the effort to bring home abducted babies Eslam (5) and Zainab (3) Chebbi, and recently abducted Bakr (2). Further details to be shared shortly.

Since November of 2011, 3 families have been victimized by the act of international child abduction from the MD/DC/VA area to Tunisia (that have been brought to our attention).  Stand up to the Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the members of the Tunisian Consulate; join us in demanding the democratic protection of human rights and the return of US children wrongfully-removed with the aid of old regime practices at the Tunisian Embassy!

https://www.facebook.com/events/353691871349822/

Latest Request for Help

Hi all,

There will be a number of requests for assistance coming along and I can surely use your help with each one of them.

I’ll include an update soon.  In the meantime, I’d love your help!

Please act, and then share with EVERYONE you know.  Your efforts have certainly worked in the past.  As we’ve seen, every voice counts!

Thank you,

Édeanna

Please follow the links below.  Copy the respective letters and paste as indicated.  Sign your name to the bottom (after ‘sincerely’), prior to submitting the message.

Letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clintonhttp://wp.me/p26atV-2w

Submit at: http://contact-us.state.gov/app/ngo_to_state

 

Letter to The Honorable James Carter:  http://wp.me/p26atV-2u

Submit via email at: carterweb@emory.edu

 

Letter to The Honorable William J. Clintonhttp://wp.me/p26atV-2s

Submit at: at http://www.clintonfoundation.org/contactus/ (topic: other)

****The site appears to take the entire letter, despite the character limitation, but just in case, you can also copy and paste this message, below:

I am requesting your assistance to advocate on behalf of Eslam (5) and Zainab (3) Chebbi  (Department of State case #: OCS 2011 319 2852).

On 11-11-11, Faical Chebbi, the children’s father departed the U.S. with the children. Their mother, Édeanna Chebbi, is now in Tunisia fighting to bring them home.

Édeanna was granted sole physical and legal custody of her children over a year ago. Faical’s confession for the act of kidnapping is on file with the U.S. consulate in Tunisia. Also, on 7-16-10, a circuit court of Maryland issued an order preventing either parent from removing the children from the U.S. On 11-17-11, the same court issued an order demanding the children be returned to Édeanna by all means of reasonable and necessary force. On 11-18-11, Virginia State Police issued 2 warrants for Faical for child abduction. On 12- 19-11, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia issued a federal warrant for Faical for kidnapping. Finally, on 1- 4-12, the U.S. Attorney’s Office issued a Prosecutor’s Agreement to Extradite with an Interpol red alert for Faical, upholding the warrant.

Please help bring these babies home!

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In addition to electronic delivery, you are welcome to send a signed letter to the address indicated on each letter. 

Sixth Call to Action

Good afternoon all,Apologies for the lack of communication. I have been in Tunisia since about the 18th of January to pursue legal recourse to both ensure my rights to see Eslam and Zainab, and to bring them home to the U.S.Following a few days of contention after my arrival, the children’s father cooled off and allowed me to visit with the children so long as he or his sister were present. For almost two weeks, I spent most evenings with the children after school, and time over the weekends. On two occasions Zainab was allowed to stay the evening with me (once for 2 weekend days), and Eslam stayed one evening with me. I am never allowed to see both independently at one time, as their father is fearful I will kidnap them…go figure!

We have been in and out of court for three weeks now over the right of visitation. Last week we were informed that their father obtained temporary custody of the children in December. After obtaining that document and realizing it was not only filled with lies, but also with incriminating details that he wrote with his own hands, I was actually elated that he did this.

I’ll save the back and forth of court room drama. Suffice to say, he backed himself into a corner with lies that were evident to all in the courtroom. For jurisdictional matters, we postponed a judgement – yet again – and will be back in court next Wednesday on this issue. Unfortunately, since he rather slaughtered his case, his lawyer became irate and demanded that visitation only be granted according to the ruling of the court. Since, at present, he has temporary custody, and the court has yet to make a ruling on visitation, I am reduced to seeing the children from the street as they leave school in the afternoon – for now.

There are many things pending at the moment, which I won’t speak to until it is public knowledge. Rest assured that despite this setback, I am firm that God is at the head of this battle. I continue to speak and believe that we will be home soon.

In the meantime, below are 4 letters that I would truly appreciate your support in signing, sending, and then forwarding to friends, family, and acquaintances to do the same.

A link to this can be found on: www.facebook.com/returnushome or on our website, returnushome.wordpress.com.  Please feel free to post those links to your own social network sites as well.  The more voices, the stronger the impact!

I pray for blessings and happiness for you all!

Best,
Edeanna

1. Copy and paste the letter below to Tunisian Ambassador to the United States, Mr. Salah Tekaya:

  • Sign your name at the bottom (change the reply to email if you desire)

Dear Ambassador Tekaya,

I am certain that by now you are well informed of the international kidnapping case of Eslam and Zainab Chebbi by Tunisian citizen, Faical Chebbi, on November 11, 2011.  At present, the children’s mother, Édeanna Johnson-Chebbi is in Tunisia fighting for the right to return to the United States with her two abducted children.

While the Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has yet to indicate its concern for the severity of the act of international child abduction, I expect that this is an issue that both the department, and your mission, take very seriously.  The Chebbi case is only one of many that occur annually by Tunisians living in America who return to Tunisia, abducting their small children.

These abduction cases can easily be prevented.  And small changes in your embassy’s practices would serve to protect the many small children who suffer the injustice of abduction.

Ambassador Tekaya, I am asking for your assistance as the head of the Tunisian mission to the United States of America to affirm a desire to protect the innocent.  I propose the following, unobtrusive steps, be added to your embassy’s practices when providing documentation to minors, under the age of 16, who are citizens of the United States of America:

  1.  Require that both the mother and father of U.S. citizens, under the age of 16, be present to request both (either) Tunisian birth certificates and (or) passports.
  2. If either parent is unable to represent him/herself in person, require that a copy of their passport, driver’s license (or state issued ID), AND a signed and notarized letter containing a raised seal from the absent parent be required as part of the application for both (either) Tunisian birth certificates and (or) passports.
  3. If either parent has sole legal or physical custody of a U.S. citizen who is a minor (under the age of 16), and requests both (either) Tunisian birth certificates and (or) passports, require a court notarized document containing a raised or triple seal verifying their sole rights of custody be provided as part of the application process (this may include a copy of the minor’s birth certificate verifying the names of both legal parents AND a raised seal copy of a vital record indicating the death of the absent parent in cases where one parent is deceased).

I urge you, Ambassador Tekaya, to express concern over the grave issue of international child abduction, and establish Tunisia as a leader among foreign missions to the U.S., by implementing these minor practices when issuing passports and (or) birth records to U.S. citizens under the age of 16.

I appreciate any and all efforts that your department is making on behalf of Eslam and Zainab Chebbi.  I add my voice to the more than 18,000 citizens, worldwide, who petition for the safe and speedy return of Eslam and Zainab Chebbi to the United States: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/275/669/976/  .

I look forward to receiving your response at: returnushome@gmail.com

Sincerely,

2. Copy and paste the letter below to the Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Rafik Abdessalem:

Dear Minister Rafik Abdessalem,

I am certain that by now you are well informed of the international kidnapping case of Eslam and Zainab Chebbi by Tunisian citizen, Faical Chebbi, on November 11, 2011.  At present, the children’s mother, Édeanna Johnson-Chebbi is in Tunisia fighting for the right to return to the United States with her two abducted children.

While the Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has yet to indicate its concern for the severity of the act of international child abduction, I expect that this is an issue that both your department takes very seriously.  The Chebbi case is only one of many that occur annually by Tunisians living in America who return to Tunisia, abducting their small children.

These abduction cases can easily be prevented.  And small changes in birth certificate and passport application processes would serve to protect the many small children who suffer the injustice of abduction that Eslam and Zainab Chebbi are presently experiencing.

Minister Abdessalem, I am asking for your assistance to affirm to the United States of America that Tunisia has a desire to protect the innocent.  I request you consider the following, unobtrusive policies for providing documentation to minors, under the age of 16, who are citizens of the United States of America:

  1. Require that both the mother and father of U.S. citizens, under the age of 16, be present to request both (either) Tunisian birth certificates and (or) passports.
  2. If either parent is unable to represent him/herself in person, require that a copy of their passport, driver’s license (or state issued ID), AND a signed and notarized letter containing a raised seal from the absent parent be required as part of the application for both (either) Tunisian birth certificates and (or) passports.
  3. If either parent has sole legal or physical custody of a U.S. citizen who is a minor (under the age of 16), and requests both (either) Tunisian birth certificates and (or) passports, require a court notarized document containing a raised or triple seal verifying their sole rights of custody be provided as part of the application process (this may include a copy of the minor’s birth certificate verifying the names of both legal parents AND a raised seal copy of a vital record indicating the death of the absent parent in cases where one parent is deceased).

I urge you, Minister Abdessalem, to express concern over the grave issue of international child abduction, and establish Tunisia as a leader among foreign missions to the U.S., by implementing these minor practices when issuing passports and (or) birth records to U.S. citizens under the age of 16.

I appreciate any and all efforts that your department is making on behalf of Eslam and Zainab Chebbi, in order to ensure their safe return from Tunisia back to their home in the United States of America.

I add my voice to the more than 18,000 citizens, worldwide, who petition for the safe and speedy return of Eslam and Zainab Chebbi to the United States: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/275/669/976/  .

I look forward to receiving your response at: returnushome@gmail.com

Sincerely,

3. Copy and paste the following letter to the Tunisian Prime Minister, Hamadi Jebali:

Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali,

It is my hope that by this time you are aware of the circumstances regarding two American children, Eslam Chebbi (age 5) and Zainab Chebbi (age 3), who were kidnapped from their home in the United States to Tunisia on November 11, 2011 by their father, Faical Chebbi – a citizen of both Tunisia and the United States.

At present, their mother, Édeanna M. Chebbi – a known and practicing Muslimah – is fighting for the right to both see her children and bring them back to their home in the United States.  The U.S. Embassy in Tunisia retains all relevant details regarding the ongoing cases in Tunisian courts and is prepared to share this information with any relevant Tunisian authority.

As Tunisia has ratified the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, where child abduction is a clear violation of the terms of the convention, I understand that you take the case of Eslam and Zainab Chebbi very seriously.  Not only has this specific act of kidnapping violated this international law, but it also violates United States law, Tunisian law and Sharia law.

Édeanna Johnson-Chebbi was granted sole physical and legal custody of her children by the consent of her ex-husband over a year ago.  She fought for two years in the United States to ensure that she and her children would not be re-victimized by the domestic violence that necessitated her divorce.  She and her children are now suffering this re-victimization in Tunisia at the hands of a man who is unquestionably a criminal.

Mr. Jebali, I respectfully request that you inquire about the state of Édeanna Johnson-Chebbi, and Eslam and Zainab Chebbi, in Tunisia, to ensure their safety.  I further request that you delegate the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of the Interior to contact the United States embassy to inquire about the circumstances of the Chebbi case, and to ensure that all expeditious means of justice are being utilized to ensure the safe and speedy return of Eslam and Zainab Chebbi to their mother, and their return to the United States.

I add my voice to the more than 18,000 citizens, worldwide, who petition for the safe and speedy return of Eslam and Zainab Chebbi to the United States: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/275/669/976/  .

I thank you for your concern and attention to this serious matter.  I am happy to receive your response at: returnushome@gmail.com

Sincerely,

4. Copy and paste the following letter to the Tunisian Minister of Justice, Noureddine Bhiri:

  • Sign your name at the bottom (and change the reply to email if you desire)
  • Send via email to: info@e-justice.tn
  • ALSO, please submit via the online form at: http://www.e-justice.tn/index.php?id=274  (this is in french, but in order, requires: name, email, pasted message – then hit the grey button below the message box to send)

Dear Minister Noureddine Bhiri,

It is my hope that by this time you are aware of the circumstances regarding two American children, Eslam Chebbi (age 5) and Zainab Chebbi (age 3), who were kidnapped from their home in the United States to Tunisia on November 11, 2011 by their father, Faical Chebbi – a citizen of both Tunisia and the United States.

At present, their mother, Édeanna M. Chebbi – a known and practicing Muslimah – is fighting for the right to both see her children and bring them back to their home in the United States.  The U.S. Embassy in Tunisia retains all relevant details regarding the ongoing cases in Tunisian courts and is prepared to share this information with any relevant Tunisian authority.

As Tunisia has ratified the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, where child abduction is a clear violation of the terms of the convention, I understand that you take the case of Eslam and Zainab Chebbi very seriously.  Not only has this specific act of kidnapping violated this international law, but it also violates United States law, Tunisian law and Sharia law.

Édeanna Johnson-Chebbi was granted sole physical and legal custody of her children by the consent of her ex-husband over a year ago.  This custody was finalized and incorporated into a final, uncontested, divorce decree that is now being presented for acceptance in the Tunisian courts.

Édeanna fought for two years in the United States to ensure that she and her children would not be re-victimized by the domestic violence that necessitated her divorce.  She and her children are now suffering this re-victimization in Tunisia at the hands of a man who is unquestionably a criminal.

Mr. Bhiri, I respectfully request that you inquire about the state of Édeanna Johnson-Chebbi, and Eslam and Zainab Chebbi, in Tunisia, to ensure their safety.  I further request that the Ministry of Justice contact the United States embassy to inquire about the circumstances of the Chebbi case to ensure that all expeditious means of justice are being utilized to obtain the safe and speedy return of Eslam and Zainab Chebbi to their mother, and their return to the United States.

I add my voice to the more than 18,000 citizens, worldwide, who petition for the safe and speedy return of Eslam and Zainab Chebbi to the United States: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/275/669/976/  .

I thank you for your concern and attention to this serious matter.  I am happy to receive your response at: returnushome@gmail.com

Sincerely,


~aMusingMuslimah.blogspot.com
Twitter @aMusingMuslimah

Fifth Call to Action

Dear friends,

We have gained lots of momentum thus far. You all have been TREMENDOUS in your support, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. The road to seeing my babies is taking its toll emotionally, but I am assured we will be reunited soon!

In the process of advocating for the children’s return it has been pointed out to me that there is one strong body of international law that both Tunisia and the U.S. have ratified.  That is the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

As of yet, to my knowledge, this Convention has not been used as a tool to advocate for the return of Eslam and Zainab.  While the House and Senate both push for a bill to contribute 4billon U.S. dollars to aid the transition and development of Tunisia, I believe it unconscionable to support this effort while Tunisia is in violation of mutual international conventions. (Copies of the bills can be found at: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:S.1388,  or http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c110:H.R.2237: )

At this time, I’m asking everyone’s help to utilize the most beautiful power granted to citizens in a democratic country: your voice! Please take a few moments to do the following:

1. Write your Senators!

– Find your Senators via: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

–  Find the contact page for each

– Copy and paste the message below – edit the text as you desire, or write your own message

Add his/her name at the top, and your name at the bottom (where indicated)

– Let your voice be heard!

Dear [Insert Senator or Congressman’s Name],

I am writing to ask that you vote NO on any legislation, including H.R. 2237 and S. 1388, pertaining to economic assistance to the Republic of Tunisia.  I am deeply concerned that the United States Congress is willing to support aid to a country that presently holds two U.S. children in violation of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child.

On November 11, 2011, Faical Chebbi, a Tunisian and U.S. dual citizen, abducted Eslam Chebbi (5) and Zainab Chebbi (2), to Tunisia.  At the time that he obtained passports for the children, he had granted sole physical and legal custody to his now ex-wife, Édeanna M. Chebbi.  Not only did Faical have no legal guardianship when he applied for and received Tunisian birth certificates and passports for the children, but there were also court orders in effect stating that neither parent shall remove either child from the U.S.

Their father is a naturalized U.S. citizen, their mother is a U.S. citizen (for generations).  Both children, born in the State of Maryland, have only ever lived in and been citizens of the U.S. until Faical illegally registered them as Tunisian citizens in 2011, without their mother’s consent.

Two American children were literally abducted from this country by virtue of foreign laws, applied via an embassy in the U.S.  A man’s DNA literally determined his ability to abduct two American children from this country illegally.  There is incredible injustice to every American in that!

As a member of your constituency, I am asking that you withhold a vote of support for any assistance to the Republic of Tunisia until it complies with any or all of the international covenants to which it has pledged.

Furthermore, I am asking that you write to both the Tunisian Ambassador, Mohammed Tekaya, and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and demand that both countries enforce our mutually ratified conventions for the safe and speedy return of Eslam and Zainab Chebbi to their mother, family, friends, and home in the United States.

Further information regarding the Chebbi case may be obtained via the Department of State, case number OCS 2011 319 2852.  A privacy act waiver is on file with the caseworker for any member of U.S. Congress.

I thank you for acting speedily and conscientiously in sending correspondence to Secretary Clinton, Ambassador Tekaya, and any other relevant authorities to seek the safe and speedy return of Eslam and Zainab Chebbi to the United States.

Sincerely,

[Insert your name]

2. Write your Representatives!

– Find your Representatives via: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

–  Find the contact page for each

– Copy and paste the message above – edit the text as you desire, or write your own message

Add his/her name at the top, and your name at the bottom (where indicated)

– Let your voice be heard!

3. Send a message to Secretary Clinton (http://contact-us.state.gov/app/ask).  Ask that she utilize every means, including the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, to advocate for the return of Eslam and Zainab!

A copy of my own message to Secretary Clinton may be found at:

https://returnushome.wordpress.com/2012/01/10/personal-letter-to-secretary-clinton/

As always, thank you for everything that you all do! Every voice makes a difference!

Best,

Édeanna

Fourth Call to Action: January 6, 2011

Good afternoon all,

Here’s a true call to action.  Please act on and then forward this message to all of your contacts, everywhere in the world.  We are making true progress! For detailed updates, please visit us on Facebook!

 

1. Please copy and paste the entire message below (please add your name after “with appreciation”) and email to the following two addresses:

dg.tap@tap.info.tn

mae@diplomatie.gov.tn

Dear respected members of the Tunisian government,

I am writing on behalf of Édeanna 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 Édeanna full legal and physical custody of Eslam and Zainab in the United States.  Faical and Édeanna were legally divorced in the United States on October 26, 2011, without contest.

When Faical applied for Tunisian documents, he had no legal or physical rights to Zainab or Eslam.  Every step that Faical made to leave the United States with Eslam and Zainab violated the laws of this country – including obtaining Tunisian passports.  Additionally, both parents were under a court order not to remove the children from the United States.

Édeanna 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.  This fight now brings itself to Tunisia as she and the children have been re-victimized and are being required to submit to the language and laws foreign to them in Tunisian family courts.

Édeanna 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, Édeanna Chebbi.

Additionally, I am including an open letter written by Édeanna to President Marzouki.  I ask that you ensure the delivery of this letter to the President.

With appreciation,

Letter to the President of the Republic of Tunisia to Return Abducted American Children Eslam and Zainab Chebbi

January 5, 2012

Dear President Marzouki,

I write to request your full and immediate attention to the matter of the kidnapping of two U.S. citizens, Eslam Chebbi (5) and Zainab Chebbi (2).  By now you and your staff at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Justice are fully aware of this case.  On November 11, 2011, Faical Chebbi, the children’s father and a dual citizen of Tunisia and the United States of America, departed for Tunisia with Eslam and Zainab, declaring never to return them home.

For 2 years I lived in fear of the retaliation of an abusive ex-husband.  I followed the rule of justice in the United States to ensure the safety of both my children and myself.  Following a consensual agreement to the terms of divorce and custody, I was still threatened by Faical that he would take our children and live in Tunisia.  A country, he claims, cares not about me or the laws of the United States.  A sentiment echoed by the staff and consulate of your embassy here, in Washington, DC.

Were it not for the neglect and disrespect of the staff at your embassy in Washington, DC, my babies would be home today.  After months of calling your embassy to prevent this kidnapping, I only received curt and hurtful statements: “We are Tunisia, the laws of your land don’t matter here,” or “Your custody makes no difference to us, if their father is Tunisian, he has the only right to your children.”

A member of the embassy staff was provided and made photocopies of every legal document pertaining to the custody of Eslam and Zainab, including a court order that neither child shall be removed from the United States.  I was told they would be placed in Faical’s permanent file at the embassy.  Regardless, First Secretary, Yessine Salah, explains that Faical applied for and received Tunisian birth certificates for Eslam and Zainab, who were then awarded passports (documents I have requested a photocopy of, and have yet to be provided).  Using those passports Faical was able to abduct Eslam and Zainab from the United States to Tunisia.

President Marzouki, Faical came to the United States, chose a life in the United States, and had a family in the United States.  He even became a citizen of the United States.  In this country, we married and divorced.  In this country, Eslam and Zainab were born.  In our courts, I fought for and received a protective order against Faical that allowed me and my children to escape his abuse.  Faical neglected any opportunity to fight for his children in the United States.  He freely signed custody of Eslam and Zainab to me in January of 2011.  And after being ordered to pay child support in November of 2011, he fled to Tunisia with my babies.

When Faical applied for Tunisian documents, he had no legal or physical rights to Zainab or Eslam.  Every step that Faical made to leave the United States with Eslam and Zainab violated the laws of this country – including obtaining Tunisian passports.  He fled to Tunisia as a criminal.  And he should be made to stand up to the decision he made as well as the charges brought against him for the heinous act of international kidnapping.

I have fought for the protection of my children through courts in the United States.  And now, because the powers of diplomacy are afraid to protect us, I am reduced to fight for them again in your courts – in a state where I have no comprehension of the laws or the language.  I will not cease to utilize every means of diplomacy and law to fight for my children, but I ask: where is your allegiance to human rights and justice in this?

President Marzouki, where are the rights of my small babies, Eslam and Zainab?  Where are my rights as a mother?  Must a matter of international justice rest upon the family courts of Tunisia? Are my children and I so insignificant to you and your new democratic government that the laws and rights that protected us in the United States mean nothing?  Is Tunisia committed to welcoming home an international criminal and kidnapper?  Is this the message you wish to convey to your citizens and the world that is watching?

Tunisia has overcome nearly 24 years of oppression under the dictatorship of former President Ben Ali.  As the world rejoiced at the overthrow of that regime, so too did Eslam, Zainab and I.  President Marzouki, I celebrated your election, and look to you as an example of a leader committed to the principles and ideals of democracy and justice.  I applaud your life commitment to human rights and belief in peaceful justice.  I too share those same ideals.

I pray upon your conscience President Marzouki, to reflect genuinely on the plight of two small children who have been abducted from their mother and all that is known and beloved to them.  And equally on a mother who is utterly lost without her children.

Your reputation is one of commitment to international justice.  I pray that you will show the United States; more than 18,000 international supporters; Eslam, Zainab, and me; and the citizens of your country, that Tunisia is truly committed to the rights and dignities afforded in a democratic system.

In closing I ask that you:  Return Eslam and Zainab to me and their home in the United States, and require Faical to stand responsible for his decisions and face the charges brought against him for international kidnapping.

In solidarity,

Édeanna M. Chebbi

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