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Friday, May 5

2:00pm EDT

NEW! Pre-Conference Webinar: Effective Communications for Your Case and for the Cause
Please register for iStand Pre-Conference Webinar on May 5, 2017 2:00 PM EDT at: 


We are pleased to welcome the U.S. State Dept. Office of Children's Issues to the conversation! A representative from Children's Issues will share strategies for interacting with the office and other entities. In addition, feedback from iStand 2016 indicated that parents would like to be better prepared and maximize the time they have with Congressional staff during Wednesday's Constituent Calls.

It's not easy to convey our complex cases in just a few minutes. Typically, staffers are happy to meet with parents, and it's important to present a clear, compelling case, make specific requests for action and follow up.

Join veteran parent advocates, staff from the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate for tips and strategies for maximizing IPCA Day on Capitol Hill for your kids and for the cause!

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Friday May 5, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
Wednesday, May 10

8:00am EDT

IPCA Day on Capitol Hill
All parents and guests should meet in front of the Rayburn House Office Building at 8:00 AM EDT to prepare for pre-arranged Constituent Calls and meetings with key House and Senate staffers for personal cases and cause-related advocacy.  iStand Parent Network is coordinating with each attendee to schedule meetings in advance. 


Wednesday May 10, 2017 8:00am - 3:00pm EDT
U.S. Capitol East Capitol St NE & First St SE, Washington, DC 20004
Thursday, May 11

12:00pm EDT

Keynote Luncheon: Alison Shalaby, CEO, reunite International Child Abduction Centre, UK
Our Keynote Conversation is with Alison Shalaby, CEO of reunite International Child Abduction Centre in the UK.  Ms. Shalably traveled across the pond to share this inspiring, parent-driven model of sustainable, effective engagement and empowerment. It's a conversation 30 years in the making!

started life in 1987, a parent support network formed by parents all trying to navigate their way through the legal minefield of international parental child abduction.  Over the years reuinite evolved and developed into an information and resource center.  

In 1999, the organization became reunite International Child Abduction Centre and is recognised as the leading UK charity specializing in international parental child abduction and the movement of children across international borders.
reunite operates the only telephone advice line in the UK offering practical, impartial advice, information and support to parents, family members, and guardians who have had their child abducted, as well as parents and guardians who may have abducted their child.  

reunite provides advice, information and support to parents who fear their child may be at risk of abduction and assists and advise in international contact issues and cases of ´permission to remove´.  

Committed to raising the profile of international parental child abduction on the international stage, reunite organizes and attends conferences across the world to promote its work, raise awareness of international parental child abduction, and foster close working relationships with governmental and non-government organizations,to better enable a quick resolution in cases of child abduction, that focus on the best interests of children.  

reunite works closely with the U.K. Ministry of Justice, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the Home Office and provides specialist training for government departments, lawyers, academics, the police, and others who have a professional interest in international parental child abduction.

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Alison Shalaby

Chief Executive Officer, reunite International Child Abduction Centre

Thursday May 11, 2017 12:00pm - 1:15pm EDT
U.S. Institute of Peace - Farooq Kathwari Amphitheatre 2301 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20037

1:30pm EDT

Planning for Reunification: Finding Strength and Resources in the Meantime
It takes resources and grit to continue living, working and fighting for your children's return.  In this interactive panel, parents can further develop both.

The National Missing & Exploited Children is a strong ally for parents of internationally abducted children, and Victims Assistance Specialist Shannon Traore is well known by many of us.  Learn about resources that may be available to parents who must travel overseas seeking their children's return.  

Using a variety of technique’s including mindfulness, cognitive behavioral and reframing, Dr. Daniel Pacheco willhelp individuals learn to learn and develop new coping skills to help deal with life stressors.

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Dr. Augusto Frisancho

I love Raymi, Amaru and Ork'o more than anything in this world.

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Daniel Pacheco, MD

"Daniel Pacheco, MD is a board certified internal medicine physician, masters level trained mental health therapist and nationally known speaker on topics of stress management, creating well-being and overcoming adversity. He has presented to numerous medicalconferences, hospital... Read More →
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Shannon Traore

Family Advocacy Specialist, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Shannon Traore is a family advocacy specialist within the Family Advocacy Division at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in Alexandria, Virginia. At NCMEC, Shannon is responsible for helping families locate local services when there is a missing or sexually exploited... Read More →

Thursday May 11, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm EDT
U.S. Institute of Peace - Farooq Kathwari Amphitheatre 2301 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20037

3:00pm EDT

Special Guests Betty and Mahtob Mahmoody: From "Not Without My Daughter" to Now
iStand Parent Network is honored to welcome special guests Betty and Mahtob Mahmoody, whose story was chronicled in the 1991 film, Not Without My Daughter, starring Sally Field. 

Based on Betty's book of the same title, the movie chronicles the deceptive means in which they were lured to Iran and their dramatic escape.  Parents of abducted children are often told their stories sounds like that "Not Without My Daughter" movie.   It's a popular culture reference that helps people understand International Parental Child abduction.  

It's time to update the narrative with Betty and Mahtob. Betty is a longtime advocate for IPCA reform. Mahtob Mahmoody, recently released a memoir of her experience and her journey to forgiveness and trust. Both have written memoirs and share their experiences to inspire others to forgiveness and action.

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Betty Mahmoody

BETTY MAHMOODY In August of 1984, Michigan housewife Betty Mahmoody went to Iran with her husband and four year old daughter Mahtob Mahmoody, on a two week trip to visit his family in Tehran. However, once the two weeks were over, he refused to allow them to leave. Betty Mahmoody... Read More →
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Mahtob Mahmoody

Mahtob Mahmoody was born in Texas in 1979 on the cusp of the Iranian revolution and in the midst of a hurricane.  Her parents were an American woman from a small Midwestern town and an Iranian-born but American-educated doctor.  A life that began amid storms and conflict seemed... Read More →

Thursday May 11, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
U.S. Institute of Peace - Farooq Kathwari Amphitheatre 2301 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20037