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Thursday, May 11 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Intersections: Family Law, Cross-Border Child Abductions and the International Rule of Law

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Parents often are confounded by the complex legal processes necessary to fight for their children in domestic and foreign courts and governments.  This is not a fight parents can win without experienced, sound legal counsel and resources to press the case. 

Join our expert attorneys for a dialogue on legal challenges and opportunities for reuniting children with parents, the complex interactions of domestic and foreign courts and governments, nations' adherence to the Hague Convention on International Parental Child Abduction, and the necessity of international cooperation to prevent and resolve IPCA.   

Moderators
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Jeffery Morehouse

Executive Director, Bring Abducted Children Home (BACHOME)
In addition to being an award-winning filmmaker, Jeffery Morehouse, volunteers much of his time as Executive Director of Bring Abducted Children Home (BACHOME.org). Over the past four years he has participated in over 100 meetings on Capitol Hill on international parental child abduction. He has worked as an advocate for S.Res 543 (112th Congress) and federal legislation such as and the Sean and... Read More →

Speakers
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Allison Hollabaugh

Counsel, Commission on security and cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission)
Allison Hollabaugh joined the Helsinki Commission in January 2012 as Counsel. Her portfolio includes human trafficking, women's issues, international parental child abduction law and policy, and combating sexual exploitation of children. Allison serves as Legal Counsel to Repres... Read More →
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Molshree A. Sharma

Partner, Mandel, Lipton, Roseborough and Sharma, LTD.
Molshree A. Sharma combines her legal experience and empathy for clients in family law matters, often for clients with substantial marital assets including real estate, investment accounts and retirement benefits. Ms. Sharma has significant experience with custody and visitation issues; focusing on the best interest of the children, she successfully interacts with professional experts and is sensitive to her client's unique situations. While Ms. Sharma skillfully reaches settlements, at the same time she is an aggressive advocate when a case must be litigated in Cook, DuPage, Lake and Kane Counties. Ms. Sharma has been awarded the distinction of being an Illinois Super Lawyer in 2013 and 2015. She further received Leading Lawyer Award in 2015, the Distinguished Service Award from Chicago Volunteer Legal Services and the Chicago Bar Association Award for Pro Bono Services. Ms. Sharma has published in the Illinois Bar Journal on Support Awards for Adult Disabled Children; for West Law/Thompson Reuters on Changing Strategies in Family Law; and on Maintenance and Spousal Support for the Illinois Bar Association. Upcoming publications include a law review article on the issues of defenses to the return of the child in the Hague Convention on Child Abduction and Protection and a chapter on the same for a publication in India. She also has been a panelist and expert at two conferences on the Hague Convention on Child Abduction and Protection which were attended by American, German, Indian, Spanish and British diplomats as well as Judges from all over the world. She has presented to the Foreign Ministry in Ethiopia on the need for Intra African treaties and development of private international law in Africa. Having lived and traveled all over the world from Hanoi to Vancouver she speaks Hindi and Urdu. | | Specialties: Family law, adoption law, complex financial settlements, litigation and... Read More →



Thursday May 11, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
U.S. Institute of Peace - Farooq Kathwari Amphitheatre 2301 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20037

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