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International Parental Child Abduction

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Prevention

Puerto Rico

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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.

Missing Children Program                              
Centro Estatal Para Niños Desparecidos y Victimas de Abuso
P.O. Box 9023899                                                     
Old San Juan, Puerto Rico 00902-3899                       
Phone: 1 (787) 729-2523
1-800- 995-NINO - limited calling area
http://www.justicia.pr.gov/rs_template/v2/Nie/v3/nie_cent.html

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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 Office
San Juan Division
Federal Office Bldg., Suite 526
150 Carlos Chardon Avenue
Hato Rey, PR 00918
Phone: 1-877-324-7577
Fax: (787) 759-1587
http://www.fbi.gov/sanjuan/

State Patrol
Police Headquarters
Phone: (787) 793-1234
Criminal Investigations: (787) 793-1234 ex.3156/5/7
Dispatch: (787) 793-1234 ex. 2112 or 2108
Maritime Division: (787) 343-2020

Department of Transportation
Puerto Rico Division
Federal Highway Administration
350 Ave Carlos Chardon Suite 210
San Juan PR 00918-2148
Phone: (787) 766-5600
Fax: (787) 766-5924 / 766-5603
http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/prdiv/

Port Authority
Puerto Rico Port Authority
Lindbergh Street #64
Former Naval Station Miramar
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00907
Phone: (787) 729-8462
(787) 729-8715
www.prpagobierno.pr

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. 

Rafael Hernandez International (BQN)
Phone: (787) 890-1680
http://aguadilla.airport-authority.com/

Mercedita International (PSE)
Phone: (787) 840-3151

Luis Munoz Marin International (SJU)
Phone: (787) 253-2329
Email: info@aerostarairports.com
Corporate offices: (787) 289-7240
http://aeropuertosju.com/

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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.


Puerto Rico Judiciary
Phone: (787) 759-1888
1-877-759-1888
http://www.ramajudicial.pr/
Puerto Rico Supreme Court
Phone: (787) 723-6033
http://www.ramajudicial.pr/sistema/supremo/index.htm

Locator Service
ASUME
PO Box 70376
San Juan, PR 00936-8376
Phone: (787) 767-1500
Fax: (787) 282-8324
http://www.asume.pr.gov/

Compensation Program for Crime Victims
Edificio Principal del Depto. de Justicia, Piso 1,
Calle Olimpo, Esquina Axtmayer, Parada 11,
Núm. 601, Miramar, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Phone: (787) 721-2900 ext. 2001
Call center: 1-855-8-VICTIM (855-884-2846)
Fax: (787) 723-8675
www.justicia.pr.gov

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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