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International Parental Child Abduction

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Prevention

Virgin-Islands

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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.

Virgin Islands Police Headquarters
Phone: (340) 778-2211
http://www.vipd.gov.vi/Home.aspx

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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
The U.S. Virgin Islands are under the purview of FBI San Juan:
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

State Patrol
Virgin Islands Police Headquarters
Phone: (340) 778-2211
http://www.vipd.gov.vi/Home.aspx

Port Authorities
Virgin Islands Port Authority
8074 Lindbergh Bay
P.O. Box 301707
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands 00803-1707
Tel: (340) 774-1629  
Fax: (340) 774-0025
Email: info@viport.com
Territorial Chief - Law Enforcement: (340) 774-1629, ext. 6659
Precinct: (340) 714-6691
Fax: (340) 714-1494
www.viport.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. 

St. Thomas Airport: Cyril E. King Airport (STT)
Phone: (340) 774-5100
(340) 774-1629, ext. 6665
Fax: (340) 774-5594

St. Croix Airport: Henry E. Rohlsen Airport (STX)
Phone: (340) 778-1012
Fax: (340) 779-3020

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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.

Legislature of the Virgin Islands
P.O. Box 1690
St. Thomas, U.S. VI 00804
Phone: (340) 774-0880
Fax: (340) 693-3659
http://www.legvi.org/

Virgin Islands Supreme Court
P.O. Box 590
St. Thomas, VI 00804
St. Thomas phone: (340) 774-2237
Fax: (340) 774-2258
St. Croix phone: (340) 778-0641
Fax: (340) 772-0004
Email: Clerk.Office@visupremecourt.org
http://www.visupremecourt.org/

Virgin Islands Attorney General
Department of Justice
34-38 Kronprinsdens Gade
G.E.R.S. Building, 2nd Floor
St. Thomas, VI 00802
Phone: (340) 774-5666
Fax: (340) 774-9710

Virgin Islands Bar Association
2155 King Cross Street
Phoenix Business Court
P. O. Box 4108
Christiansted, VI 00822
Phone: (340) 778-7497
Fax: (340) 773-5060
Email: executivedirector@vibar.org
http://www.vibar.org

Locator Service
Virgin Islands Child Support Enforcement Offices
St. Thomas/ St. John/ Water Island
Paternity and Child Support Division
Department of Justice
8000 Nisky Shopping Ctr. Suite 500 2nd floor
St. Thomas, VI 00802
St. Thomas/St. John/Water Island: (340) 775-3070
St. Croix: (340) 775-3070 x4050
http://www.pcsd.vi/default.aspx

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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