Mother and Grandmother File Federal Suit Against DC Government for Dual German - American Child For Failure to Abide by Federal and International Protection Obligations

Jul 05, 2011, 11:04 ET from Ariana-Leilani Children's Foundation International

WASHINGTON and BERLIN, July 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A case recently filed in Federal court against the District of Columbia can have international implications.   The suit explains that 8-year old "ALMA," a dual German and U.S. citizen who currently lives in the District of Columbia, has an untreated life-threatening very rare blood illness called severe chronic neutropenia that is likely caused by drugs that facilitate and cover up abuse. Untreated severe chronic neutropenia can cause "toxic shock, loss of limbs or loss of life." The DC Governments' continued failure to protect ALMA is a violation of both her civil rights and international human rights.

The federal suit further alleges that the Washington, DC Government has failed to intervene, help and protect ALMA after appeals from two international agencies, the German Government (through the German Embassy) and the United Nations Human Rights, Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography in Geneva to the United States Government, Department of State.   The U.S. Department of State position is the Government of the District of Columbia has the obligation to carry out the international legally binding requests for ALMA.  To date, ALMA continues unassisted and unprotected to fight for her life.

The suit does not ask for monetary compensation, but instead for the DC Governments' compliance with the international requests for urgent corrective actions for ALMA to facilitate the treatment, medical and psychological examinations, and protections under civil rights law and International Law through the Vienna Convention and United Nations CRC Optional Protocol on Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography.

The federal suit for ALMA filed by Dr. Ariel Rosita King, her mother, and Dr. Margo G. King, her Grandmother is Dr. Ariel King, et. al, v District of Columbia, et. al. U.S. Court for the District of Columbia, No.11-CV-01124.

Contact:  Dr. Ariel King of Ariana-Leilani Children’s Foundation International at 202-470-0193,

SOURCE Ariana-Leilani Children's Foundation International