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Congressman Neal Gives Update on Status of Agawam Woman Stuck in Brazil

shauna1AGAWAM, Mass. (WGGB) — Congressman Richard Neal is still following the situation in Brazil involving an Agawam woman and her daughter who are being held against their will.

Shauna Hadden brough her 6-year-old daughter to Brazil to visit the girl’s biological father.  But when she arrived, she feared the father might kidnap the girl, so she fled.

Now, Brazilian officials have confiscated the family’s passports.

Congressman Neal and Senator Elizabeth Warren have been investigating the issue.

“Well we made initial contact through the State Department,” said Neal.  “We intend to follow up.  We’ve already done it twice.  We intend to pursue this, based upon the family’s request to return the passports and they have a safe trip back home.  [It’s] clear to me, even when we follow the rules of international order, I’m unaware of any government seizing and holding on to the passports of American citizens.”

Neal suggests that all American citizens always hang on to their passports and refuse to give them up.  He also adds that he is optimistic about the outcome.

Shauna’s story is now going National.

Friday, ABC’s Gio Benitez takes a closer look at the plight of Shauna and her daughter.  Tune into Good Morning America Friday at 7:00 a.m. to see the latest.


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