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International Parental Child Abduction

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Prevention

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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.

Texas Department of Public Safety
Bureau of Information Analysis
Missing Persons Clearinghouse
P.O. Box 4087
Austin, TX 78773-0422
Phone: (512) 424-5074
1-800-346-3243 (in-state only)
Fax: (512) 424-2885
http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/mpch

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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

Dallas Field Office
One Justice Way
Dallas, TX 75220
Phone: (972) 559-5000
Fax: (972) 559-5600
E-mail: fbi.dallas@ic.fbi.gov
http://dallas.fbi.gov/

San Antonio Field Office
5740 University Heights Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78249
Phone: (210) 225-6741
Fax: (210) 650-6153
Email: SanAntonio@ic.fbi.gov
http://www.fbi.gov/sanantonio/

Houston Field Office
1 Justice Park Drive
Houston, TX 77092
Mail: P.O. Box 926277
Houston, TX 77292
Phone: (713) 693-5000
Fax: (713) 936-8900
Email: Houston.Texas@ic.fbi.gov
http://www.fbi.gov/houston/houston

El Paso Field Office
El Paso Federal Justice Center
660 South Mesa Hills Drive
El Paso, TX 79912
Phone: (915) 832-5000
Fax: (915) 832-5259
http://elpaso.fbi.gov/

State Patrol
Texas Highway Patrol Division
http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/tle/index.htm
Highway Patrol Contacts:
http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/tle/contact.htm

Department of Public Safety
Texas Department of Public Safety
http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/

Port Authorities:

The Port of Houston Authority
Phone: (713) 670-2400
Fax: (713) 670-2429
http://www.portofhouston.com/

Port of Corpus Christi
Phone: (361) 882-5633
1-800-580-7110
Fax: (361) 882-7110
Dock Security Office: (361) 882-1182
http://www.portofcorpuschristi.com/

Port of Galveston
Phone: (409) 765-9321
Fax: (409) 766-6171
Safety and Security: (409) 766-6173
http://www.portofgalveston.com/

Port of Brownsville
Phone: (956) 831-4592
1-800-378-5395
http://www.portofbrownsville.com/

Port Freeport
Phone: (979) 233-2667
Safety and Security: (979) 233-5911
(979) 233-3565
http://www.portfreeport.com/

Port Arthur International Public Port
Phone: (409) 983-2011
1http://www.portofportarthur.com/

Calhoun Port Authority – Point Comfort, Texas
Phone: (361) 987-2813
http://www.calhounport.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. 

Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport, Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) 
Phone: (972) 973-8888
Police/Fire/EMS (non-emergency): (972)973-3210
Alternative Airport Police Contact Number: (214) 574-2141
http://www.dfwairport.com/
Dallas Police Department Patrol Bureau: (214) 670-4413
http://www.dallaspolice.net/index.cfm?page_ID=10118&CFID=2304372&CFTOKEN=28766750
Fort Worth Police Department
Phone: (817) 335-4222
Police Administration: (817) 392-4000
http://www.fortworthpd.com/

George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston (IAH)
Phone: (281) 230-3100
Fax: (281) 230-3108
Lost & Found: (281) 230-3299
http://www.fly2houston.com/iah
Houston Police Department
Phone: (713) 884-3131
http://www.piersystem.com/go/doc/2133/289249/

San Antonio International Airport, San Antonio (SAT)
Phone: (210) 207-3411
Airport Police: (210) 207-3451
http://www.sanantonio.gov/aviation/
San Antonio Police Department
Phone: (210) 207-3498
(210) 207-7273
http://www.sanantonio.gov/sapd

El Paso International Airport, El Paso (ELP) 
Phone: (915) 780-4749
Lost & Found: (915) 780-4717
http://www.elpasointernationalairport.com/2009/index.html
El Paso Police Department
Phone: (915) 832-4400
http://home.elpasotexas.gov/police-department/

Corpus Christi International Airport, Corpus Christi/ Kingsville (CRP)
Phone: (361) 289-0171 ext. 1210
Fax: (361) 289-0251
http://corpuschristiairport.com/
Corpus Christi International Public Safety
Phone: (361) 289-0171, ext. 1221
http://corpuschristiairport.com/security/Airport_Public_Safety.cfm
Corpus Christi Police Department
Phone:  (361) 886-2600
http://www.cctexas.com/government/ccpd/index

Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport, Amarillo (AMA)
Phone: (806) 335-1671
Airport Police: (806) 335-4403
http://airport.amarillo.gov/
Amarillo Police Department
Phone: (806) 378-3038
TDD Equipped: (806) 378-3038
Information Desk: (806) 378-9452
http://police.amarillo.gov/

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Austin (AUS)
Phone: (512) 530-2242
Lost and Found: (512) 530-7600
http://www.austintexas.gov/airport
City of Austin Police Department
Phone: (512) 974-2000
http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/police/

Del Rio International Airport, Del Rio (DRT)
Phone: (830) 774-8538
Fax: (830) 703-5331
http://www.cityofdelrio.com/index.aspx?NID=412
Del Rio Police
Phone: (830) 774-2711
Fax: (830) 774-8746
http://www.cityofdelrio.com/index.aspx?nid=433

Brownsville/South Padre International Airport, Brownsville (BRO) 
Phone: (956) 542-4373 ext. 305/306/307
Airport Police Contact Number: (210) 546-1675
http://www.flybrownsville.com/
Brownsville Police Department
Phone: (956) 548-7000
Fax: (956) 548-7009
http://police.cob.us/

Valley International Airport, Harlingen (HRL)
Information (English & Espanol): (956) 430-8600
Administration: (956) 430-8605
http://www.flythevalley.com/
Harlingen Police Department
Non-Emergency: (956) 216-5940
(956) 216-5400
http://www.myharlingen.us/default.aspx?name=police.home

Laredo International Airport, Laredo (LRD)
Phone: (956) 795-2000
http://www.ci.laredo.tx.us/airport/
Laredo Police Department
Phone: (956) 795-2800
http://www.laredopd.com/

Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport, Lubbock (LBB)
Phone: (806) 775-2044
Airport Police: (806) 775-2044
http://www.flylia.com/
City of Lubbock Police Department
Non-Emergency Number: (806) 775-2865
Police Desk: (806) 775-2816
http://police.ci.lubbock.tx.us/

McAllen-Miller International Airport, McAllen (MFE)
Phone: (956) 681-1500
Fax: (956) 681-1510
Airport Police: (956) 681-1555
http://www.mcallenairport.com/
McAllen Police Department
Phone: (956) 681-2000
http://www.mcallen.net/mcallen-pd

Midland International Airport, Midland (MFE)
Phone: (432) 560-2200
http://www.flymaf.com/
City of Midland Police Department
Phone: (432) 685-7108
http://www.midlandtexas.gov/237/Police

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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.


Texas Law Help

Texas Legislature Online
http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/

The Supreme Court of Texas
Phone: (512) 463-1312
http://www.supreme.courts.state.tx.us/

Texas Courts Online
http://www.courts.state.tx.us/

State Bar of Texas
Phone: (512) 427-1463
1- 800-204-2222
Fax: (512)-427-4100
http://www.texasbar.com/am/template.cfm?section=home
Family Law Section
http://www.sbotfam.org/

Attorney General of Texas
http://www.oag.state.tx.us/

Compensation Program for Crime Victims
Crime Victims Compensation Program
Office of the Attorney General
PO Box 12198
Austin, TX 78711-2198
Phone: (512) 936-1200
1-800-983-9933
https://www.oag.state.tx.us/victims/index.shtml

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

Heidi Search Center, Inc.
4115 Naco Perrin Boulevard
San Antonio, TX 78217-2505
Phone: (210) 650-0428
1-800-547-4435
www.heidisearchcenter.com

Laura Recovery Center
2600 Ware Dairy Road
Friendswood, TX 77546-6301
Phone: (281) 482-5723
www.lrcf.org

Texas Center for the Missing
PO Box 420148
Houston, TX 77242-0148
Phone: (713) 599-0235
www.tcftm.org

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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