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Mothers File International Court Complaint Against the U.S.  

Author:  Dianne Post, J. D..

Source: Volume 01, Number 01, Summer 2008 , pp.61-66(6)

Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly

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A petition was recently filed in the Inter-America Council for Human Rights (IACHR) against U.S. courts for granting custody of minor children to abusive and violent parents. This protection has support from several state and national coalitions concerned with child abuse, domestic violence, and women’s rights, including the National Organization for Women and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The IACHR has had success in cases in Brazil and Mexico where local laws failed to protect women in abusive relationships. The author describes how women in the U.S. could use human rights organizations to assist them when local laws prove inadequate.

Keywords: European Convention on Human Rights; Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)

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