Provide a Way Home to Mother and Daughter Trapped In Brazil


Target: U.S. State Department

Goal: Persuade the U.S. State Department to reissue passports for trapped mother and daughter

A Massachusetts mother, named Shauna Hadden, has found herself trapped in Brazil after winning a custody battle for her six-year-old daughter, Ava. Without any documents, she could even face imprisonment. Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Richard Neal have been trying to get Hadden and her daughter back, but the judge refuses to return their passports, since he knows they will immediately leave after he returns them. Sign this if you feel the U.S. State Department should issue them new passports in order to bring them back home.

All Shauna Hadden wanted was to allow her daughter, Ava, to spend some time with her extended family and the father she hadn’t seen in four years. It seemed like the right thing to do, but a call she received upon arriving in Brazil warned her not meet with her ex-husband because he wanted custody of her child. Instead of going to see her ex-husband and his family, she decided to stay with her friends in northern Brazil. There, she received threatening emails from her ex-husband, and then was called to court to engage in a custody battle. The judge ruled in her favor, but her passport and her daughter’s were confiscated by the authorities. Now she’s trapped in Brazil, desperately trying to keep her daughter away from the hands of her ex-husband and his family.

Hadden’s little girl just wants to go home. She doesn’t understand why her father would want to keep her from going home to see her dog and her friends again. If the judge won’t give them back their passports, then new passports should be issued to them. Hadden and her daughter are American citizens. They belong in America.


Dear Secretary of State John F. Kerry,

Shauna Hadden, the 33-year-old mother of six-year-old, Aya, found herself trapped in Brazil after her passport was confiscated during a custody hearing instigated by Hadden’s ex-husband, Machado. Originally, the trip to Brazil was merely meant to be a three week vacation for Aya to learn more about her heritage. Now, it’s turned into a desperate game of hide and seek from both her husband and the Brazilian authorities who might imprison her due to her lack of documentation.

Hadden’s travel Visa expires on August 21st. Therefore, she needs to be brought back to America before that date, since every day she stays there the chances of her being detained  and her daughter stripped from her grows.

Please order the reissuing of two passports to Shauna Hadden and her daughter so they can come back home.


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