Recover a Missing Child in Mexico

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Recover a Missing Child in Mexico

As a parent, there’s nothing scarier than the thought of somebody kidnapping your child and keeping them away from you. Whether your child has run away or has been kidnaped by the other parent, The Committee for Missing Children can help you take the right steps to reunite with your missing child and get them back home safely.

Recovering missing children can be a difficult process with a lot of legal hurdles, not to mention all the stress you’re feeling because your child is missing. At The Committee for Missing Children, we make it our mission to help you ease some of the burden when it comes to locating your missing child. If your child goes missing in Mexico, here’s what The Committee for Missing Children can do to help you get them back home.

Casting a Wide Net

If your child has gone missing in Mexico, casting a wide net is one of the most important things you can do. There are a lot of potential obstacles when you’re trying to reunite with your missing child, from the legal system to getting the word out about your missing child. Thanks to The Committee for Missing Children, it’s easier to navigate the legal system and share photos and other pertinent information about your missing child.

No matter what you need help with during the process of recovering a missing child in Mexico, The Committee for Missing Children can help. We have tons of experience working with left-behind parents, and we can help you overcome the unique obstacles you’re facing. Between getting a hold of law enforcement, sharing photos and basic information with registries, and working with organizations committed to reuniting missing children with their parents, The Committee for Missing Children can help put your mind at ease and get your child back home safely.

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Tireless Advocacy for Child Protection

It’s not enough to help reunite missing children with their parents. At The Committee for Missing Children, we’re also tireless advocates for laws that help protect children. From laws that make it easier to find missing children to laws that help prevent abuse and similar problems at home, The Committee for Missing Children is dedicated to making sure the law is designed to protect children. You can learn more about our mission and advocacy work in the “About Us” section of our website.

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Additional Resources for Missing Children in Mexico:

While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country. It is important for parents to understand that, although a left-behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located.

For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney if planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent.  Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts; and
  • Could result in your arrest and imprisonment.

The U.S. government cannot interfere with another country’s court or law enforcement system.
To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney in the country in which the child is located.

For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney.
Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.”