The site is dedicated to my daughter Hana
Scordato (a.k.a Hana Kataoka) who is a victim of Premeditated International
Parental Child Abduction, a growing epidemic amongst US families. Hana is now
years old and was abducted at only 16 months of age. (the picture to the
right was taken Nov.
2006 and was attained via a family member). Hana was born, October 4,
2004 at St. Josephs Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey. Rumi (Lumi) Kataoka, wife
of 5 years (engaged and married in US 2001) Hana's mother, scheduled a trip
in Dec 05 from the US to visit family in Japan which was a routine semi
annual trip with Hana. Rumi has a history of minor depression and suffered severely from Post Pardum following
the birth of Hana.
Part of the reason for her trip was to see a family doctor who she felt
could truly help her. She has failed to return and has held Hana
since that time without contact. Rumi, Hana and her immediate family
reside in Kani City, Gifu, Japan. Upon learning of her intentions to
stay it was seen all of Hana's files and documents were removed. Lumi is in
possession of Hana's passport, and birth records.
Rumi and her family have deprived Hana of her father and fathers family without reason or contact for 6 years now. The abduction has driven a wedge through family members here and the emotional distress was a main factor in the closing of a successful business which was relied upon for income.
The damage the Kataoka's have caused and continue to cause our family and to Hana is immeasurable.
We encourage the Kataoka's to step forward and begin talks to resolve this situation as amicably as possible.
Everything we worked for and cared about.. My wife, family, business which provided for us, our home, a beautiful baby girl and the promise of a great future was destroyed by this abduction.
After a year of intense emotional grieving, I was able to take measures not to lose my home and seek gainful employment. When they say their is nothing worse than losing a child, it is true. The pain never goes away.
Hana at age 5 and 3
Hana at age 2
"Daddy Loves you!!"
"I miss you babygirl.."
You are my Sunshine!!!
Since Japan refuses to participate in the Hague treaty which would allow US authorities to enforce a return directive, Rumi has remained in Japan without consequence. In short, Japan condones abduction of children who are born US citizens. Despite a sole custody order in place and an active bench warrant for Rumi, Japan has failed to respect my family or the US and its laws. Currently Hana is classified as Endangered Missing with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the FBI and NJ State Police.
(Hana's first trip to Japan with cousins Kasina and Toro Suzuki)
(Hana's first trip to Japan with Rumi's sister, Mami Suzuki, a local school teacher in Gifu)
(Hana's first trip to Japan pictured with Lumi's friend Satoko
(Hana's first trip to Japan with Grandmother, Yoko Kataoka, Rumi's Mother
Please contact us via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to contact your local, state representatives and the Japanese Embassy in Washington D.C. to call for much needed legislation and foreign policy regarding these matters. Too many Americans who marry in good faith, start families and work hard are stripped of their parental rights by people who simply decide to not return and even worse are the positions of the foreign governments who are supposed to be allies of the US and share extensive commerce with the US.
Like many issues regarding children, it is the families that suffer, but ultimately it is the children who suffer the most. Taking a child from her family, for reasons nothing more than selfishness and mental illness will cause long term issues for the child.