Diligent Father Prevents Alleged Child Abduction to Mexico

Oct 13, 2011, 08:00 ET from Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving, Ltd.

CHICAGO, Oct, 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Attorney Jenet Pequeno of the Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving, Ltd., reunited a Chicago father with his two young daughters, ages 1 1/2 and 2 1/2, preventing the mother from abducting the children to an alleged notoriously high drug-crime area of Mexico.

The mother removed the children from Illinois to Texas which is a direct route to her parents and numerous relatives near Zacatecas, Mexico. "We were worried she was on her way to Mexico and needed to take legal action fast before she could cross the border where the children could disappear," said Pequeno.

Time is critical in suspected parental abductions because many US children have been abducted to Mexico and never returned to the US. In 2009 and 2010 alone, the number of American children abducted to Mexico grew to 500 according to the US State Department. It is vital that children are recovered while still in the US - irrespective of the procedures in place to reunite children with their parents pursuant to the Hague Convention, an international treaty to prevent child abductions that does not always work.

Pequeno immediately obtained an Emergency Order of Protection from Judge Vega in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. Pequeno then coordinated litigation in Texas where Texas counsel used the Illinois order of protection in the Texas proceedings.  The dad and his children are now on their way back to Chicago.

"Evil triumphs when good men do nothing," said Pequeno. "Failure was not an option here."

"This is a happy ending, however not all cases end up with such a victory. Thanks to the tenacity and strategic planning of Jenet Pequeno, a possible tragedy was avoided," commented Leving, founder of http://dadsrights.com.

For more information, contact Jennifer Whiteside at 312-296-3666.

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