A Tinton Falls man whose efforts to reclaim his son from a Brazilian man have garnered growing international attention was back home late last week after a visit with the boy in Brasilia.
It was David Goldman‘s first visit with 8-year-old son Sean since Goldman’s late ex-wife spirited him off to her native Brazil on a purported vacation four years ago and never returned.
She died last year in a second childbirth, and her new husband has resisted Goldman’s efforts to gain custody of Sean. (The photo above shows Goldman, his then-wife, Bruna, and Sean.)
But Goldman’s stop at home turned out to be short-lived, as he immediately hit the road again in his quest.
From a post yesterday on Bring Sean Home, a blog maintained by a friend of Goldman:
David arrived home from Brazil last Thursday (Feb 12) and immediately hopped on an Amtrak train for the three-hour trip to Washington DC. David met with Congressman Chris Smith and other high level officials in the US government. David also had a meeting with Brazilian Ambassador Antonio Patriota. The important take-away from the meeting with the Ambassador was a reassurance that the Brazilian Government wants to do the right thing, follow their treaty obligations, and reunite Sean and David on US soil. The Ambassador pointed out that the Brazilian federal government has filed the amended Hague application for the immediate return of Sean to David in the US and cited this as evidence of the Brazilian Governments position in this case.
It was also very important for David to finally have his voice heard in Brazil. Brazilian Superior Court Judge Luis Felipe Salomão (as stated on his own web page at http://www.stj.gov.br/portal_stj/publicacao/engine..wsp?tmp.area=398&tmp.texto=90842
) pushed for David and Sean to reunite, emphasizing the extreme and urgent importance for father and son to begin to re-bond after 4.5 years of separation. Judge Salomão stressed the importance for the biological father and son to be together.
Sean and David were able to be together for visits on consecutive days last week. Their bond was not broken! Their unconditional love for each other still lives strong! And Seans Engilsh was excellent, despite what some in Brazil would have you believe. It was extremely difficult for David and Sean to say goodbye to each other at the end of the visitation. Father and son need to be permanently reunited in order to end this completely unnecessary suffering. David wanted to remain in Brazil and take his son to school to see Seans teachers, but was not permitted to do so.
David is hoping, if he must travel back to Brazil for only another visit with his son, that he will at least be allowed to have some liberty with Sean to take him for ice cream or buy him a toy and do some very simple, basic, natural things a father and son should be able to do together, something that was not permitted during this round of visitation. However, given the nature of the situation and the behavior of the people retaining Sean, David does not have high hopes that this will be easily obtained.
What about the legal case and where do we go from here? The case records will be sent to the federal courts sometime next week. We will then wait for the federal decision on the Hague Convention case, which must reunite Sean and David on a permanent basis, expeditiously, in New Jersey. All of you are making a difference, this cannot be emphasized enough. PLEASE, keep doing what youre doing, your support is tremendous. So much good has happened in a short while, the momentum is with us. Lets keep it going.
We are also planning a demonstration in Washington DC on Tuesday March 17 at Lafayette Park, across from the White House, to coincide with President Lulas meeting with President Obama. We fully expect the topic of the Sean Goldman abduction case to be on the agenda for that meeting. For more information on the rally and to RSVP, please visit the Event on the HELP BRING SEAN GOLDMAN HOME Facebook Group at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=49656442761.
Smith accompanied Goldman to Brazil last week. A friend of Goldman tells redbankgreen that the Brasilian court refused to allow any photographs be taken of Goldman with his son last week.