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International Parental Child Abduction

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Prevention

New York

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State Clearinghouse on Missing Children

Reason to contact:

A state clearinghouse is an entity (usually law enforcement) that provides help in cases of parental child abduction.  For abductions TO the United States, they can help locate a child.  For abductions FROM the United States, they may serve as a resource to left-behind parents in filing missing person reports.

New York Division of Criminal Justice Services
Missing & Exploited Children
80 South Swan St.
Albany, NY 12210
Phone: (518) 457-6326
(800) 346-3543 (nationwide)
Fax: (518) 457-6965
Email: missingpersons@dcjs.ny.gov
www.criminaljustice.ny.gov

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Law Enforcement

Reason to contact:

Contact your local police to file a missing person's report and request that your child's name be entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) computer database. 

FBI Field Offices

FBI Albany
200 McCarty Avenue
Albany, NY 12209
Phone: (518) 465-7551
albany.fbi.gov

FBI Buffalo
One FBI Plaza
Buffalo, NY 14202-2698
Phone: (716) 856-7800
buffalo.fbi.gov  

FBI New York
26 Federal Plaza, 23rd. Floor
New York, NY 10278-0004
Phone: (212) 384-1000
newyork.fbi.gov

New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
Phone: 1-800-262-3257
E-Mail: InfoDCJS@dcjs.state.ny.us
http://criminaljustice.state.ny.us/ops/

State Patrol
New York State Division of State Police
http://www.troopers.ny.gov/

Department of Transportation
New York State Department of Transportation
https://www.dot.ny.gov/index

Port Authority
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Phone: (212) 435-7000
http://www.panynj.gov/port-authority-ny-nj.html

Country-wide resources:
Removing, or attempting to remove, a child from the United States or retaining a child outside of the United States with the intent to obstruct parental rights is a Federal crime under the International Parental Kidnapping Crime Act (18 U.S.C. 1204).  The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has jurisdictional authority for investigating Federal crimes.  FBI field offices are located throughout the U.S. and should be contacted if you have questions or believe your child has been or will be abducted outside of the United States.  To locate the FBI field office closest to you, access this link:  http://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field

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Airports

Reason to contact:

If you know your child is being taken to the airport as part of a possible abduction, contact the airport to request assistance.  You should have copies of all custody and legal documents ready to send by email or fax, if needed.  You can contact the State Department’s Office of Children’s Issues to assist you as you undertake this process at PreventAbduction@state.gov or by calling 888-407-4747. 

Albany International Airport, Albany (ALB)
Phone: (518) 242-2200   
http://www.albanyairport.com/
Albany County Airport Authority
Phone: (518) 242-2222
New York State Police Aviation Bureau
Phone: (518) 869-9812
(518) 457-6811 (24 hours)
Albany Police Department
Phone: (518) 438-4000

Buffalo Niagara International Airport, Buffalo (BUF)
Phone: (716) 630-6000
E-mail: BNIAinfo@nfta.com
http://www.buffaloairport.com/
NFTA Police and Lost & Found: (716) 630-6150
Erie County Sheriff’s Office
Phone: (716) 858-2903
Email: sheriff@erie.gov
http://www.erie.gov/sheriff/

John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York City (JFK) (*principal port of entry)
Phone: (718) 244-4444
Airport Police Contact Number: (718) 917-1688
http://www.panynj.gov/airports/jfk.html
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Phone: (212) 435-7000
Port Authority Police: (201) 239-3500
http://www.panynj.gov/port-authority-ny-nj.html

Stewart International Airport, Newburgh (SWF)
Phone: (845) 838-8200
http://www.panynj.gov/airports/stewart.html
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Phone: (212) 435-7000
Port Authority Police: (201) 239-3500
http://www.panynj.gov/port-authority-ny-nj.html

Greater Rochester International Airport, Rochester (ROC)
Phone: (585) 753-7020
Fax: (585) 753-7008
Lost & Found: (585) 753-7001
http://www.monroecounty.gov/airport-index.php
Security and Safety
http://www.monroecounty.gov/airport-security.php
Monroe County Sheriff’s Department: (585) 753-4178

Syracuse Hancock International Airport, Syracuse (SYR)
Phone: (315) 454-4330
Syracuse Department of Aviation: (315) 454-3263
http://www.syrairport.org/
Syracuse Police Department's Airport Division Office: (315) 454-3263 ext. 276.
Syracuse Police Department
Non-Emergency: (315)442-5111
Airport Security: (315) 442-5220
http://www.syracusepolice.org/

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Legal Aid

Reason to contact:

If you are party to an international parental child abduction case in the United States or abroad, a legal aid organization may be able to assist you with your legal representation.  Legal aid organizations provide legal assistance for free or for a reduced charge to eligible individuals.  Eligibility is generally based on income and resource ceilings as well as restrictions on the types of cases they will take. 

For information about legal aid and other legal referral resources, visit

Follow the prompts for the particular state in which you are seeking legal services.


New York CourtHelp Family Forms
http://www.nycourts.gov/courthelp/forms.html

New York State Assembly
http://assembly.state.ny.us/

New York State Unified Court System
Phone: 1-800-COURTNY (1-800-268-7869)
Interpreter services are available for languages other than English.
TTY: Call 711 (nyrelay.com)
http://www.courts.state.ny.us/

New York State Supreme Court
http://www.nycourts.gov/supctmanh/

New York State Bar Association
Phone: (518) 463-3200   
Fax: (518) 463-5993
http://www.nysba.org/

New York State Office of the Attorney General
General Helpline: 800-771-7755
TDD/TTY Toll Free Line: 800-788-9898
Immigration Fraud Hotline: (866) 390-2992
http://www.ag.ny.gov/

Locator Service
Division of Child Support Enforcement
Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance
40 North Pearl Street, Room 13C
Albany, NY 12243-0001
Phone: 1-888-208-4485
www.newyorkchildsupport.com

Compensation Program for Crime Victims
Crime Victims Board
1 Columbia Circle, Suite 200
Albany, NY 12203-6383
Phone: (518) 457-8658
1-800-247-8035
www.cvb.state.ny.us

Non-Profit Organizations
Contact Association of Missing and Exploited Children’s Organizations (AMECO) toll-free at 1-877-263-2620 for a referral

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Resources for State Statutes

Reason to contact:

The resources below may be a good starting place for determining whether statutes regarding abduction prevention exist in your state.  You may want to consult the website for the Attorney General’s Office of your state or with an attorney licensed to practice law in your state.  (Please note: the resources below may not be current and may change at any time.  They are provided for informational purposes only, and are not intended to consist of legal advice).

Uniform Child Abduction Prevention Act (UCAPA) – Enactment by state

Family Abduction: Prevention and Response (6th Ed)


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