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Raina and her 3 year old child have been fighting to stay in the U.S. and out of harms way from a convicted domestic abuser/ex husband. Raina's trial was heard on March 25 and a judge has ordered that her child return to Sweden in 14 days under the ...
Raina and her 3 year old child have been fighting to stay in the U.S. and out of harms way from a convicted domestic abuser/ex husband. Raina's trial was heard on March 25 and a judge has ordered that her child return to Sweden in 14 days under the 1980 Hague Convention. Raina is a single, hardworking, amazing mother just trying to stay safe and raise her child in the U.S. with her extensive family and friends here for their support, unlike the intolerable and isolated situation they endured in Sweden. Raina was erroneously institutionalized and evaluated in Sweden with her three year old child over the course of three months due to false allegations made by her husband after she left their family home and went to the police for help as a result to another domestic violence occurrence. Social services became involved and threatened that if Raina did not go with them and make a decision within 15 minutes, they would obtain a court order for the state and seize her child which is a loose and common practice under the Swedish LVU law. This practice is well known and frowned upon by much of Scandinavia and Europe. Raina agreed to go with them although initially the social workers would not even tell her where they were taking her and her child. Raina was deemed mentally fit and more than capable of caring for her child The threatening conversation between Raina and the Swedish Social welfare is actually recorded and was not presented in court. Raina and her then husband had agreed to relocate to the U.S. Raina along with their child left for the U.S. with their two cats and four suitcases of all the belongings that they could bring and sold or threw out the rest alongside her now ex husband. Her husband drove her to the airport on May 27, 2012. He was to follow as soon as the immigration process had transpired. Her ex husband then vacated their family home and sold all of their communal property in order to move into his 75 year old mother's basement in effort to save money for the immigration process which he has denied under oath. Raina's ex husband had filed a suit against her stating that she has abducted the child and he never had intentions of moving to the U.S.He also denied any documented domestic abuse convictions under oath. In addition he alleged that Raina forged his signature on the document needed for his immigration process and there was no handwriting analysis done to disprove that. He stated in court that mother and daughter merely went on a vacation, though there is ample evidence to disprove that. Raina's attorney is planning on filing an automatic stay and motion to appeal, however this will cost an additional $20,000 dollars. At this point Raina has been advised by her attorney that if he is to go forward with the appeal process he will need $10,000 dollars of the outstanding balance to be paid within now 19 days. Raina has exhausted all of her financial capabilities as well as those of her support system. The judge has somehow ruled in favor of the plaintiff and an appeal is much needed in order for the two of them to stay safe in the U.S. I can't imagine what will happen if this child is removed from her mother (against her will) that has cared for her her entire life without any financial support from her perpetually unemployed father since September of 2012 as well as removed from the only functional life and extended family she has ever known. This issue is urgent as we have to come up with $10,000 dollars by June 11th in order to move forward with an appeal process which could very possibly overturn the judge's decision to send the child back to Sweden. If there is anything that anyone can do to help stop this tragedy PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE.... anything helps

Please google the Swedish LVU law in addition to Daniel Hammarberg, a specialist in the area of wrongful seizure and fostering of children as an enterprise in Sweden.

THANK YOU for taking the time to read this and for your support in this matter!!
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