I am posting this on behalf of my sister-in-law whose story desperately needs to be heard, and who needs help from EVERYONE willing and able
Raina and her 3 year old child have been fighting to stay in the U.S. and out of harm's way from a convicted domestic abuser/ex-husband. Raina's trial was heard on March 25 and a judge has ordered that her child return to Sweden in 14 days under the 1980 Hague Convention. Raina is a single, hardworking, mother who is trying to raise her child safely in the U.S with the support of extensive family and friends. This is drastically different from the isolated situation they endured in Sweden.
For three months, Raina was wrongly institutionalized and evaluated in Sweden with her child due to false allegations made by her husband when she left their family home and went to the police for help following a domestic violence occurrence. Social services became involved, saying that if Raina did not go with them within 15 minutes, they would obtain a court order for the state and seize her child. This is a loose and common practice under the Swedish LVU law; this practice is well known and frowned upon by much of Scandinavia and Europe. Raina agreed to go with them, although initially the social workers would not even tell her where they were taking them. Following the evaluation, Raina was deemed mentally fit and more than capable of caring for her child. The threatening conversation between Raina and the Swedish Social welfare is actually recorded, but was not presented in court.
Raina and her then-husband agreed to relocate to the United States. Raina, along with their child, left for the U.S. with their two cats and four suitcases of all the belongings that they could bring. The rest were sold or thrown out. Her husband drove her to the airport on May 27, 2012. He was to follow as soon as the immigration process had transpired. He then vacated their family home and sold all of their communal property in order to move into his 75 year old mother's basement to save money for the immigration process. He has denied this under oath. Raina's ex-husband has filed a suit against her stating that she has abducted the child and he had no intentions of moving to the U.S. He also denied any documented domestic abuse convictions under oath. In addition, he alleged that Raina forged his signature on the document needed for his immigration process, and no handwriting analysis was done to disprove that. He stated in court that mother and daughter merely went on a vacation, though there is ample evidence to disprove that.
Raina's attorney is planning on filing an automatic stay and motion to appeal, however this will cost an additional $20,000 dollars. Raina has been advised by her attorney that if he is to go forward with the appeal process he will need $10,000 dollars of the outstanding balance to be paid within now 19 days. Raina has exhausted all of her financial capabilities, as well as those of her support system. The judge has somehow ruled in favor of the plaintiff and an appeal is much needed in order for the two of them to stay safe in the United States. I can't imagine what will happen if this child is unwillingly removed from her mother's care as well as from the only functional life and extended family she has ever known. This issue is urgent as we have to come up with $10,000 dollars by June 11th in order to move forward with an appeal process which could very possibly overturn the judge's decision to send the child back to Sweden. If there is anything that anyone can do to help stop this tragedy PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE.... anything helps!
Please google the Swedish LVU law in addition to Daniel Hammarberg, a specialist in the area of wrongful seizure and fostering of children as an enterprise in Sweden. Also feel search Raina Anderung and you will find multiple newspaper articles covering this story.
THANK YOU for taking the time to read this and for your support in this matter!! If you are interested in donating to Raina's cause, please visit this site: https://fundrazr.com/stories/c3PpX4