Professor Recognized by U.S. Dept. of State

Posted on: 07/15/2014

Professor Tim Arcaro, and associate dean for our AAMPLE and Online Programs, has been formally recognized by the U.S. Department of State for his work on the Hague Convention Attorney Network in representing left-behind parents attempting to recover abducted children from South Florida. The Department of State's Office of Children's Issues seeks lawyers who are willing to participate and assist parents involved in international family law and child abduction cases to join the "Hague Convention Attorney Network.”  The Department of State's attorney network offers attorneys the opportunity to assist a child who has been abducted, but also offers a mentor program where lawyers with limited experience in the growing field of international family law can be mentored by some of the most skilled international family law attorneys in the nation. According to the I CARE Foundation, the surging growth in the number of international child abductions and prevention cases in the United States and abroad has created a substantial need for more trained attorneys in the United States who are familiar with international family law. For more information on the program, go to:

The certificate of appreciation sent to Arcaro was issued by Beth Payne, Director, Office of Children’s Issues, United States Central Authority for the Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and reads: “Thank you for your efforts as a member of the Hague Convention Attorney Network. Your generous donation of legal services has contributed to the effective operation of the Hague Convention in the United States by affording parents in Treaty-partner countries access to our justice system.”

The certificate arrived along with a written thank you issued by Patricia Hoff, Legal Assistance Coordinator for the U.S. State Department, Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Central Authority for the Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

Arcaro is currently working on a return case to Spain along with a separate return to Greece.

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