Expert Testimony

Expert Testimony

Helping judges and attorneys understand the risk factors in International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA)

To prevent and respond to International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA), it is important for judges and attorneys to understand the mechanisms in place and steps necessary to prevent an abduction before it's too late, and how to respond to an abduction once it occurs (i.e., the initial steps that a searching parent takes including seeking court intervention and law enforcement assistance are critical to facilitating the child's return home). Eirene Law Firm will:

• Provide expert testimony as witnesses in custody cases based on extensive experience with Hague and non-Hague countries

• Consult with attorneys about risk factors in custody cases involving petitions for temporary or permanent removal of a child to Hague and non-Hague countries

• Offer attorneys critical information on issues that often arise before and after an abduction


As Senior Case Manager at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), Attorney Rami Zahr successfully managed hundreds of cases involving children abducted to Hague and non-Hague countries. In addition, he developed abduction prevention strategies and a protocol for handling abductions-in-progress. Rami has conducted presentations on IPCA matters to law enforcement, litigators, and international groups from countries across the world including Thailand, Egypt, Armenia, Australia, Morocco, Tunisia, Japan, China, Ukraine, Malaysia, and Pakistan. In addition, he has lectured at the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) of the U.S.Department of State.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) recognized Rami for his contribution to their Prevention and Education Efforts. He has also been recognized by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, for his contributions to educating foreign law enforcement.

Helpful Links:

If you are looking for more information regarding International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA), please contact Eirene Law Firm at or visit the websites of the following agencies:

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)

Guide to Good Practice Child Abduction Convention: Part III-Preventive Measures

Preventing International Child Abduction (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

U.S. Department of State


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