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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!

*****Advanced registration required****

*****This webinar is open to registered conference participants******

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

4:00pm EDT

Congress United for America's Stolen Children: Connecting & Creating Action
This event is by invitation only. 

Join fellow parents, members of Congress, congressional staff and the Coalition to End International Parental Child Abduction for our 2017 Congressional Briefing & Reception: 

Congress United for America’s Stolen Children: Connecting and Creating Action


Congress United  is bipartisan event to educate and empower members of Congress to act for American children and to connect parent-constituents with key congressional actors for their children's cases and for the cause to prevent and end IPCA. 

After remarks from our Congressional guests, leadership from the Coalition will share the historical arc of IPCA legislation and federal implementation and underscore the unifying potential for Congress to rally around America's stolen children.  Questions are welcome.

After the Briefing, guests are encouraged to stay for a reception featuring music, heavy hor-d'ouevres, desserts and bar.


Wednesday May 10, 2017 4:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Capitol Visitor Center - Congressional Auditorium
Thursday, May 11

9:15am EDT

IPCA Prevention and Response: A Coordinated and Comprehensive Law Enforcement Approach
This session helps parents navigate the complexities of returning children through a law enforcement approach. Gaining coordination among agencies is crucial and knowing applicable state and federal laws can help parents build rapport and relationships with agencies who can help.

The distinguished panelists have returned many children home from IPCA and will share stories and suggestions for prevention and return. Don't miss this session!

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Michelle Ford-Stepney

Supervisory INTERPOL Analyst, INTERPOL - Washington, U.S. National Central Bureau U.S. Department of Justice
Michelle Ford-Stepney serves as a Supervisory INTERPOL Analyst for INTERPOL Washington, U.S. National Central Bureau (USNCB), a component of the U.S. Department of Justice. Ms. Ford-Stepney is responsible for managing day-to-day operations and administration within her assigned Division... Read More →
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VS Bruce May

Victim Specialist, U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Bruce May, LCSW, is the Victim Specialist in the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the largest field office in the nation. He also coordinates the New York Committee on Child Abduction by a Parent, a consortium of law enforcement, judicial entities, social services... Read More →
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SSA Walter Wright

Supervisor Special Agent (Ret.), U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Walter L. Wright is a former Special Agent and Supervisory Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in it's New York field office.  During his twenty-five year FBI career, he conducted federal investigations into violent crimes against children, specializing in... Read More →

Thursday May 11, 2017 9:15am - 10:30am EDT
U.S. Institute of Peace - Farooq Kathwari Amphitheatre 2301 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20037