Associates Mirais M. Holden and Raymond T. Waid recently handled a pro bono international child abduction case. A Honduran mother’s five-year-old daughter was abducted to the United States on June 5, 2014. Over the next seven months, the Honduran government and the U.S. State Department worked to find the girl. The mother retained Liskow & Lewis APLC to obtain her daughter’s return immediately after the child and her abductors were located in Louisiana. Holden and Waid filed an emergency petition in the New Orleans federal court seeking the child’s return to Honduras pursuant to The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and the International Child Abduction Remedies Act. Within mere weeks, Holden and Waid obtained the child’s return and the recovery of monetary damages.
This complex international case is just one example of the many pro bono cases that Liskow & Lewis attorneys handle every year. Pro bono work and other community service activities are an important professional responsibility and a key to advancing the legal interests of diverse and historically underserved populations.