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International Parental Child Abduction

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Prevention

South Dakota

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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.

South Dakota Attorney General's Office
Division of Criminal Investigation
1302 E. Hwy 14 Suite #5
Pierre, SD  57501
Phone: (605) 773-3331
http://dci.sd.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 Office
South Dakota is under the purview of FBI Minneapolis
FBI Minneapolis
1501 Freeway Boulevard
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55430
Phone: (763) 569-8000
Email: minneapolis@ic.fbi.gov
http://www.fbi.gov/minneapolis/

State Patrol
South Dakota Highway Patrol
Phone: (605) 773-3105
Fax: (605) 773-6046
http://dps.sd.gov/enforcement/highway_patrol/default.aspx

Department of Public Safety
South Dakota Department of Public Safety
Phone: (605) 773-3178
Fax: (605) 773-3018
http://dps.sd.gov/default.aspx

Department of Transportation
South Dakota Department of Transportation
Phone: (605) 773-3265
http://www.sddot.com/

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. 

There are no international airports in South Dakota.

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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.

South Dakota Office of the Attorney General
http://atg.sd.gov/

South Dakota Legislature
http://legis.state.sd.us/

South Dakota Unified Judicial System
http://sd.gov/default.aspx

State Bar of South Dakota
Phone: (605) 224-7554
In-state WATS Line: 1-888-952-2333
http://www.sdbar.org/

Compensation Program for Crime Victims
Crime Victims’ Compensation Program
700 Governor’s Drive
Pierre, SD 57501-2291
Phone: (605) 773-6317
1-800-696-9476 (in-state only)
https://dss.sd.gov/victimservices/cvc/index.asp

Locator Service
Division of Child Support
South Dakota Department of Social Services
700 Governor’s Drive
Pierre, SD 57501-2291
Phone: (605) 773-3641
www.dss.sd.gov/childsupport

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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