Monday, May 13, 2013

We continue to search for you.....

Michaela, this is a recent story that aired on CNN and went out internationally, in hopes of reaching you, or of reaching someone who knows where you are. The video takes a minute to load and it starts out with a commercial, but hold on, okay?



Love you forever, Michaela.
mom

p.s. I am serious when I say the video can take a VERY long time to load, and it doesn't always work on mobile devices. If you are not able to see it here, you can find it at this link:  http://www.cnn.com/video/?/video/us/2013/05/09/erin-missing-garecht-case.cnn

Thank you.

19 comments:

  1. Sharon, I am in awe of your strength and courage. May Michaela see this and come home soon. With love and prayers, Julie

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  2. I don't see a video?

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  3. Come home, Michaela.

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  4. Perhaps this special Advocate could be of help to you ?… http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=41800

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    1. Thank you, that is a very hopeful article. I will look into it. I have talked to people involved in anti-trafficking organizations, and I have found most people engaged in combating trafficking to be involved in the big picture rather than individuals, and they have primarily been involved in labor rather than sex trafficking, since it is the most common form of trafficking, the easiest to spot, and the easiest to challenge. They just seem at a loss as to what to do about a child who may be there, at some unknown place in that country. I do know that it is against the law to distribute missing flyers in the UAE. Or at least I am told this by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

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    2. ? possible resources to get the word out?? From article: http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/campaign-to-find-missing-woman
      “”An international group dedicated to finding missing people began an e-mail campaign asking residents of the UAE to help find a South African woman who has not been seen since August. Forever Searching has been blanketing in-boxes with information about Kerry Winter, 35…”.” The group publicises missing-person cases through e-mail and poster campaigns. "It is a campaign around the world for missing people

      Read more: http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/campaign-to-find-missing-woman#ixzz2TLCrTZOJ
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      Read more: http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/campaign-to-find-missing-woman#ixzz2TLBhaZm7
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      “Anyone who can offer any information on any of its missing person cases can contact Forever Searching or the "Find Your Way Home" campaign, which is at enquiries@foreversearching.com or by telephoning +44 7809 482428.eharnan@thenational.ae

      Read more: http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/campaign-to-find-missing-woman#ixzz2TLBJlg00
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    3. Thank you. When I get to a real computer I will check these out. I am honestly kind of astounded that a group is able to do this, but the National Center for Missing Exploited Children, which is the official organization to help missing children in the US and receives millions of dollars in finding every year, cannot. It's a shame. But thank you for the information. I will follow up.

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    4. I hear you! it indeed is a shame:/ & you are very welcome! as your lovely FB page profile picture reminds us "THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE"!!

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  5. I just finally watched the video Sharon. As always, your words bring tears to my eyes. I just can't begin to tell you how much I long to one day see the words "Michaela Garecht Found!" pop up on my computer screen. I really hope that some of the information above leads you to new ways to reach out to Michaela, but through this blog, the interviews you give, the classes you speak to, you are already reaching out to her. You are doing a wonderful job of being Michaela's mother.

    Cindy

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  6. ?? Once a person lands in a country there are endless possibilities of location which made me wonder about possible backtracking to the ENTRY ROUTE..if Michaela was taken to the UAE, what would have been the kidnappers MODE OF TRANSPORTATION-??? Currently expedia.com idicates flights from SF to Dubai is a distance of 8,089.91 miles .!.“” http://flights.expedia.com/flights-from-san-francisco-to-dubai-sfo-to-dxb/ “;” From San Francisco and Los Angeles: 16 HOURS...” Also legal entry requires a PASSPORT/visa : http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1050.html “A passport valid for at least six months is required to enter the UAE. For personal travel of 30 days or fewer, U.S. citizens holding valid tourist passports may obtain visitor visas at the port of entry for no fee. For stays longer than 30 days, all travelers must obtain a visa before arrival in the UAE. “DO THE 6 AIRPORTS KEEP RECORDS of foreign travelers? The UAE has six international airports in the cities of Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, Sharjah, Ra’s al-Khaimah and Fujairah.” http://www.uae-embassy.org/travel-culture/plan-trip-to-uae I searched for articles for methods of smuggling children from USA to UAE and couldn’t find any. Have any sources you’ve spoken to given possibilies of METHOD OF TRAVEL???

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    1. Well, first you have to realize that we are talking about kidnapping and human trafficking. This is not generally done through legal routes. If Michaela is in the UAE, you are not going to find a passport in the name of Michaela Garecht with an entry date. There are many ways to smuggle people, and even more so back in 1988. Back in those days, the police didn't even use computers to track leads. Plus, there is some information that I consider to be pretty convincing that would indicate Michaela may have been taken to Mexico before she was taken anywhere else. But again, we don't know anything at all for certain. That is why I continue to reach out through this blog to try to reach Michaela directly, or to convince someone who does have definite information to give it to us. The hints and suggestions just are not enough to follow up.

      Thanks.

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    2. UGH! No computers used in 1988! So sorry It didn’t even cross my mind .I had thought perhaps the passport, even with name change, would still have the same facial features and be on some legal document or mode of transportation record. Further, I also was not fully aware of the possible Mexico connection lead bridging with the UAE leads. I had hoped there would be some digital trail or history of prior human smuggling arrests in the news that would reveal MO’s (modes of operation)

      One year I learned of an MO that led to a recovery. I was told of a young teen (Asian immigrant) in my town who had “run-away” with someone known to be a pimp. Her mother shortly thereafter ended up in a hospital and I was asked by their neighbors to help. Beside finding translators for missing fliers I went by bus to a long street known for prostitution and briefly interviewed 2 prostitutes! With a stack of fliers in hand I explained the urgency of the missing girls mothers condition. One woman told me if “a girl” was searched for (publicly with fliers) they would be quickly relocated to LA. I shared this information with the Missing Detective. Weeks later he called to thank me and said she was safely recovered in LA ! and under-going deprogramming.
      You are doing a beautiful job of reaching out with this blog...HOPE CONTINUES!!

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  7. With hope in mind a ?? surfaced today while reading this UAE ARTICLE: “Human trafficking ring from India operating in UAE 'since 1979' .. “Mr Al Ghafli said four shelters for victims of human trafficking had been opened in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah"There are plans to open more shelters and rehabilitate the victims," he said.”
    ? Do you know if the UAE human trafficking shelters keep DNA records of their rescued victims to help with the quest for family reconciliation??? : http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/human-trafficking-ring-from-india-operating-in-uae-since-1979#ixzz2TsmuSBsA
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    1. I don't know the answer to this question, no. But I will tell our investigators. Thanks.

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    2. You are very welcome:-) BTW I really like the quote you posted on the side of your blog.. "God put rainbows in the clouds so that each of us, in the dreariest and most dreaded moments, can see a possibility of hope." Maya Angelou”

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  8. May 15-2013 news..” The UAE continues its efforts to combat the issue of human trafficking through cooperation with partners, said Dr Abdul Rahim Yousif Al Awadi, Assistant Foreign Minister for Legal Affairs, in a statement yesterday, before high-level meetings on improving the coordination of efforts against people trafficking.
    “The UAE has contributed to many tangible achievements through commitment and the United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons”, he said, noting that the UAE also contributed to the establishment of a trust fund to help victims of human trafficking, and the release of the first report on trafficking in persons in 2012, prepared by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime”.
    http://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/inside.asp?xfile=%2Fdata%2Fgovernment%2F2013%2FMay%2Fgovernment_May19.xml&section=government

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  9. p.s. “Missing Children - Miracles DO Happen” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGoqqmOtlPo

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  10. July 26th—1 hour ago—“Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro accepted a plea deal today that sends him to prison for life plus "not less than 1,000 years" with no chance of parole…”
    http://abcnews.go.com/US/ariel-castro-accepts-deal-thousand-years/story?id=19781739


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  11. With life in prison I am relieved to read…"Amanda, Gina, and Michelle are relieved by today's plea. They are satisfied by this resolution to the case, and are looking forward to having these legal proceedings draw to a final close in the near future. They continue to desire their privacy," attorney Kathryn T. Joseph said in a statement. http://abcnews.go.com/US/ariel-castro-accepts-deal-thousand-years/story?id=19781739

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