On July 3, 2014, Eileen Clark a United States Citizen was put on a plane by London Police Officers at Heathrow Airport headed for the United States of America. Eileen Clark can will now stand trial in US Federal Court in Albuquerque, New Mexico for the kidnapping her three children.
Almost 20 years ago, Eileen Clark intentionally violated a Family Court Custody Order and kidnapped her three children. She made no attempt to tell the U.S. Courts her location or use any of her legal remedies for a custody or any other type of case. She just left the United States and started a new life in the United Kingdom — stripping the biological father of all contact with his children.
The Global Family Abduction Community of searching and recovering parents and Missing Children’s Organizations have been closely following this case after John Clark was reunified with his now adult children on a tear- jerking episode of the Dr. Phil Show. What makes this case additionally horrific is that it took years for the UK to extradite Eileen Clark, and during that time she continued to alienate her now adult children against their biological father. For those in the Family Abduction that believe that parental kidnapping is one of the cruelest forms of maltreatment against a child, they believe the children are further victimized as adults.
This parental kidnapping and extradition case has also brought out special interest groups such as Liberty. Its Legal Officer, Emma Norton has injected such rhetoric as “where the husband she fled almost 20 years ago waits to face her in court”. Emma Norton’s depiction of the searching parent in a parental kidnapping case shows no compassion for the act of kidnapping a child as well as the intentional disregard of a custody court order. Additionally, she and Liberty have disregarded the rulings of Lord Justice Treacy and Mr. Justice Nicol at the High Court in London. They took their time to investigate the known facts in this case and Emma Norton ignores their findings.
It’s only fitting on this July Fourth Weekend that the UK has acknowledged that International Parental Kidnapping is a very serious matter and that Eileen Clark should be returned to the United States to stand trial. It’s important that both the United Kingdom and the United States take leadership in protecting the rights of both children and both of their parents.
Editor’s Note: We applaud the efforts of both the United Kingdom in extraditing Eileen Clark and the United States Justice Department in requesting the extradition. This prosecution of Eileen Clark is an important step toward deterring others from committing this really heinous crime and represents an important step toward encouraging the adult children toward reunification with the other parent. We hope the Clark children will step forward and finally do the right thing.