On November 21, 2011, 22-month old Julie Rose Troitsky became an innocent victim of parental abduction
Nothing worse can ever happen to a father than receiving the news that his daughter was abducted! Unfortunately, that was the news Max Troitsky received on the morning of November 23, 2011. Just as Max was looking forward to spending the Thanksgiving weekend with his 22-month old daughter Julie Rose Troitsky, he received the devastating news that his estranged wife, Anna Troitsky, took Julie to Russia in violation of the couple’s custody order and U.S. state and federal laws. A few days later, Max learned that Anna had no intention of returning to the U.S. with Julie. By failing to return Julie, Anna committed a heinous act of international parental child abduction.
Parental child abduction is not an act done out of love for the child. In addition to psychological trauma, parental abduction often scars the child for life as the abducting parent poisons the child against the left-behind parent. This often leads to the child believing that the left-behind parent is either dead or will harm them if found. Dr. Dorothy Huntington, an early leader in parental child abduction issues, best described parental abduction as "child abuse... which leads to the brutalization of the children psychologically, specifically destroying their sense of trust in the world around them."
Every child deserves a sense of trust and the love of their father. Julie Rose Troitsky should not be an exception. Sadly, Julie was robbed of this opportunity by her mother, who chose her own selfish needs over Julie's sense of trust and the bond between her and her father. Instead, Anna Troitsky made a conscious decision to prevent Julie from having any contact with her father by ignoring all of his calls and emails since the abduction. This is especially disheartening to those who are familiar with this custody case and know Max to be a caring and loving father, who wants nothing more than to be involved in his daughter’s life, and who has fought tirelessly over the previous 12 months seeking a custody arrangement which would allow him to be an involved dad. On November 17, 2011, it seemed that Max’s efforts came to fruition with the court issuing a custody agreement Max was seeking; however, just 4 days later, Anna fled the country and abducted Julie.
If this were your story or your child, how would you feel? What would you do? How would you go on not knowing when you may see your baby again?
The emotional toll of this situation on Julie, Max, and Max’s family can never be measured, but the efforts being put forth to bring Julie home are time-consuming and resource-intensive due to the involvement of conflicting international jurisdictions. We need all the help and the attention we can get on this case in order to have a happy ending to this tragedy and reunite Julie with her father. If you would like to help, please go to the How to Help page. You can also forward any tips, comments, or words of support to HelpBringJulieHome@gmail.com.
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