My name is Devon M. Davenport.
I am a graduate of North Carolina State University, where I obtained a bachelors degree in biochemistry in May 2008.
August 5 2008, I had my first and only daughter, Nadia Lynn. Six months later on February 5, 2009 Nadia was illegally abducted by her Brazilian born mother Larissa and taken to Brazil. After filing the petition for the Hague Convention in March 2009, I attended the hearing in Santa Catarina Brazil on April 14, 2010.
Five months later on September 14, 2010, the ruling was issued stating that I won the return order for my daughter. The logistics of the return order were such that I had to spend a 15 day transition period in Brazil with Nadia before returning to the United States. However, September 26, 2010 the taking parent filed an appeal, which instantly suspended the transition period with my daughter and ultimately the court ruling allowing Nadia to return to the United States. This appeal was later rejected in December 2011 by the TRF-4 Regional Court. The taking parent then appealed to the STJ and STF (Superior Courts) on January 12, 2012. These appeals however, were analyzed by the TRF-4 President to determine whether or not it would be admitted to the Superior Courts.
April 14, 2013, the STJ and STF appeals to the return order were rejected by the TRF-4 President and were yet again appealed only to once again be dismissed by the STJ on September 10 2013, ultimately allowing Nadia to return to the United States once and for all following a 15 day transition period in Brazil set to occur in 2014.
June 17 2014 I traveled to Brazil to complete the 15 day transition period with my daughter with the expectation to return home once and for all to the United States. Upon arrival to Brazil, I was immediately served with another appeal stating the transition period and the return order had been suspended by a last minute injunction filed by the taking parent. I was able to have the suspension of the transition period overturned, however, the courts are still pending a ruling on the suspension of the return order at both the STJ and STF courts. It is my hope that they will soon reverse this appeal and since the transition period has been completed, Nadia will finally be able to return immediately upon a successful ruling.
During the early stages in my quest to have my daughter Nadia returned to the United States via The Hague Convention Treaty, I joined a support network by the name of Bring Sean Home. Bring Sean Home is an organizational foundation dedicated towards the Sean Goldman case, in which Sean was illegally abducted by his mother and taken to Brazil. Once in Brazil, the mother died of complications during her second childbirth and the Brazilian Judicial system still denied the return of Sean to his biological father, David Goldman in the United States under the Hague Convention Treaty. This caused an upsurge within the New Jersey community and a foundation was established to help in a legislative effort for not only Sean Goldman, but for all internationally abducted children, especially those abducted to Brazil.
As an active Left Behind Parent of the Bring Sean Home Foundation, I quickly interacted with other left behind parents and learned of their financial misfortunes due to the intense legal process of filing and sustaining a Hague Case for the return of their abducted children.
Since many left behind parents also face an intense divorce battle domestically, their legal expenses doubled as they have a legal battle here in the United States, as well as an international abduction case in Brazil, requiring both an international and domestic lawyer.
Since Bring Sean Home is primarily an organization based on legislative and logistical support, I felt the need to provide support for the foundation that supported me through my battle and help raise money to assist left behind parents financially, as there are many parents who have had to end the international fight for their children simply due to the lack of finances to support them legally.
David Goldman reportedly spent close to $400,000 on his five-year battle for his son Sean. I myself spent nearly $8,000 just to begin the Hague Petition due to all of the certified Portuguese translated documents that were necessary to even begin the case.
In short, the battle for internationally abducted children will continue, and the costs associated with this battle will remain. Between legal document translations, airplane tickets, lawyer fees and hotel accommodations in the foreign countries of interest, the cost to attend critical court hearings child quickly rises.
Due to this fact, I began the Nadia Lynn Foundation, whose ultimate goal is to provide financial relief, along with intellectual and logistical support and advice that will help alleviate the miscellaneous costs of filing and successfully proceeding with a Hague Convention Case, as well as the heartaches, headaches and confusion that come along with it.
A percentage of the monetary proceeds raised for the Nadia Lynn Foundation via the Nadia No.8 initiative will be gifted to, and managed under the Bring Sean Home Foundation, which itself is an IRS registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, charitable organization, incorporated in the state of New Jersey.
There are currently 70+ children currently in Brazil being illegally retained, and many fathers of whom I know personally, desperately fighting to find, and one day have their children returned.
Please visit WWW.BRINGSEANHOME.ORG
For more information concerning left behind parents and the ongoing effort to raise funds, awareness and logistical support for these cases.