As a best-selling author and storyteller it has been my honor and privilege to share my writings with audiences all over the world while also using my voice to make a positive difference for others. My advocacy includes assisting children who have been or are targeted for international abduction and trafficking, supporting literacy programs and our public libraries, and providing resources for efforts to cure cancer while personally assisting others facing life-threatening illness (For more on my advocacy, please visit 'Peter Thomas Senese: Social Responsibility').
I think every writer has a desire to not only entertain and educate their readers, but to have their stories have a positive impact on society by giving our readers something to think about. Every so often something very special happens: a book will be the catalyst that changes a large group of individuals views or actions.
It has been a great honor and humbling experience to see the tremendous social impact my latest novel, Chasing The Cyclone, has had. This includes the facts Chasing The Cyclone has helped educate scores of parents protect their targeted children from abduction. Perhaps the greatest personal satisfaction is that I have used the proceeds of this deeply inspired novel (as well as my other publications) to help rescue a large and growing number of internationally kidnapped children. And working as the Founding Director of the self-funded, not-for-profit I CARE Foundation, which consists of some of our nation's leading child advocates, we have worked hard at creating new laws and policies that will protect children.
With all that Chasing The Cyclone has accomplished via the I CARE Foundation, it is the story that I penned, one that is deeply inspired by my own life, that I find the necessary strength to do my best to help other parents and their children facing abduction.
Whoever thought the power of a book to influence others in our nano-digital age is wrong All you need to do is to read any number of the sworn testimonials about Chasing The Cyclone and my volunteer advocacy to see this. This includes a very kind sworn testimonial letter written in early April, 2013.
Truth is I love to write and create international stories that are current, meaningful, educational, entertaining, and embrace my belief in global citizenship. The topics I tend to write about typically mirror my volunteer social activism and advocacy. So if you have ever read any of my novels you would know that I am actively involved in helping stop international parental child abduction and human trafficking, finding a cure for cancer while being a major proponent of medicinal genetic health care, and unquestionably, elevating literacy everywhere.
I take the responsibility of trying to make a positive difference in the lives of others seriously. These are not simply words, but have been met by long-term action.
Perhaps out of all of my social activism, there is nothing I take more seriously than my volunteer work helping protect defenseless children from being kidnapped and trafficked. I am very proud of the many contributions and accomplishments that the self-funded 501-C-3 not-for-profit ‘International Child Abduction Research & Enlightenment Foundation’ (the 'I CARE Foundation') that I am the Founding Director of has achieved.
There is no question that preventing children who are targeted to be internationally abducted from being kidnapped is a cause that I have been very involved with. And as pleased as I am that my and the I CARE Foundation’s activities have also resulted in the rescue and reunification of many internationally kidnapped children, there is not a day that goes by that I am not reminded that if substantial change does not occur, there could be as many as 125,000 American children and 20,000 Canadian children alone over the next decade who will actually be internationally kidnapped. And so, for every child who has been safely brought home, I am reminded that there are so many other children and their parents who need help.
Sadly, the recovery rate of children internationally abducted is very low. It is anticipated that less than 10% of children kidnapped abroad ever come home. Which makes the accomplishments of the I CARE Foundation something we all very proud of. The fact is we use our own resources and have rescued numerous kidnapped children abducted to countries all over the world.
Along the way, there are child abductors who we have faced down and whose plans to abduct a child we have foiled. These kidnappers do not look upon our activity. As you may imagine, there have been times when I have been slandered and defamed by child abductors as well as physically abusive spouses because I and the I CARE Foundation have stood in the way of their horrific act of child kidnapping. One of the challenges about the internet is that anyone can say or distort anything and hide under various laws of anonymity. The truth is I am fully committed to helping defenseless children of abduction and their parents, and will remain dedicated to stopping child kidnappings.
For your viewing, I have provided a modest number of sworn letters written by an assortment of individuals and organizations I have personally assisted including those written by parents whose internationally kidnapped children I have help recover, to parents whose children were targeted for abduction that I had helped prevent from occurring, to those individuals fighting cancer who I helped because . . . well, because I could. I hope they serve as a reminder to you as they do to me that it is so important to find the courage to make a difference in the lives of others. (I invite you to read the letters titled ‘Peter Thomas Senese and Global Citizenship’ [please note that the names of the individuals have been etched out in order to protect their and their children's rights to privacy; however, all documents contain clear signatures, notary stamps, seals and signatures]). And remember, one voice can make a positive difference in the lives of many!
Okay, now back to my writing and being a storyteller.
First and foremost, I consider myself a historical fiction writer even though I have written several non-fiction books. My published novels include the international political, legal or theological suspense thrillers CHASING THE CYCLONE, THE DEN OF THE ASSASSIN, CLONING CHRIST, and WAR ON WALL STREET. Upcoming fiction releases include PREDATORS GAMES, QUEST, and THE PRODUCTION. My non-fiction book publications include THE WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN (topic: international child abduction) and IN THEIR OWN WORDS (topic: first responder account of 9-11).
Each of my novels evolves heavily around historical events and facts. Often in my novels, what is presented as a fact in the context of my story is in reality a historical fact that is relevant and potentially meaningful to society today. It is the use of meaningful facts - the heavy research and fascinating historical truths that I often use to draw and weave my multi-plot story lines together - that are the foundations for which I create my geopolitical thrillers that have found meaning and entertained readers all over the world.
One of the great privileges life as a working author has offered me is the opportunity to travel and research the subjects or topics to which I intend to write about. At the cornerstone of each of my writing projects is my critical personal demand to find the balance as a historical fiction writer between the use of historical truths and the liberty I have as a novelist to use these important facts to create a story that readers will find to be of great interest. In order to find a perfect blend that distinguishes between fact and fiction, one of the many techniques I have used that afford a reader to distinguish between the two is the citing of specific times, dates, statistics, or other historical events. Thus far, and having heard from scores of readers from around the world, this technique has worked well, and has allowed me to create a wide range or historical fiction evolving around the core genre of geopolitical/geocultural thrillers including WAR ON WALL STREET, CLONING CHRIST, THE DEN OF THE ASSASSIN, CHASING THE CYCLONE, PREDATORS GAMES (2013), and QUEST (2013).
As many individuals who read my various writings and follow my social advocacy, I am a very big believer and supporter of public libraries everywhere. In my love of libraries, I have even coined the phrase 'librophiliac', which means 'a person who has great appreciation of and supports a library'. Unquestionably by perspective and by act, I am a librophiliac.
In fact, each of my books has been written in part at the New York City Central Library on 5th Avenue, beautiful Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza Central Library, and Columbia University's Butler Library. Oh, there have been other libraries I have written or conducted research from. Each of which I relish and cherish the time I spent there, including The Library of Congress, The Vatican Library, and the Los Angeles Central Library.
New York City Public Library Columbia University's Butler Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza
Vatican Library Los Angeles Public Library U.S. Library Of Congress
In my love and appreciation of libraries, I have also learned and embraced just how important it is for library patrons to demonstrate support of their libraries.
On this note, I have found it deeply rewarding to show my financial support of libraries big and small all across the world. This is something I intend to continue to do, particularly since in my view, libraries are simply not about books and reading, though this is a core offering of libraries, but as I see it, each nation's libraries are highly interactive cultural institutions.In my love and appreciation of libraries, I have also learned and embraced just how important it is for library patrons to demonstrate support of their libraries. On this note, I have found it deeply rewarding to show my financial support of libraries big and small all across the world. This is something I intend to continue to do, particularly since in my view, libraries are simply not about books and reading, though this is a core offering of libraries, but as I see it, each nation's libraries are highly interactive cultural institutions.
In addition, and as I previously mentioned, I am actively involved in preventing international parental child abduction. My interest and activism is based upon my own experience, whereas I was unexpectedly forced to enter into the most horrific personal storms I could have ever imagined as my child was used as a pawn by his other parent.
From my experiences, I have become one of the most published voices and researchers on this subject. More importantly, it is through the knowledge gained that the I CARE Foundation has been able to not only help recover scores of abducted children, but we continue to work on creating laws that will help protect children from abduction. I invite you to visit the official website of the I CARE Foundation.
Tragically, international parental child abduction is a known act of criminal kidnapping under federal law. It is also cited by various government institutions and leading experts from around the world as a cruel form of child abuse. In the vast majority of cases, the abducting parent creates a well thought out fraudulent scheme that will allow that person to kidnap the child or children abroad. Knowing that this type of act typically does not go unpunished despite the fact that there are both ample state and federal criminal laws created to enforce such act only facilitates this illicit behavior.
And unfortunately, I, like the tens of thousands of parents each year who face this same type of act are all too aware of the fact that many of the courts and judiciary who are charged with overseeing the welfare of a child when it comes to an abduction issue are not fully up to speed or knowledgeable of the complex issues concerning international child kidnapping. This lack of knowledge includes the depth to which there are both short-term and long-term wellness issues for the child, the fact that, according to numerous government and authoritative studies, an abductor often demonstrates sociopathic behavior during and after a child's abduction (assuming the child is safely recovered), and that the malicious attacks toward the left-behind targeted parent often breach numerous criminal and civil laws.
Fortunately, the tide is beginning to turn as society's understanding that international child abduction is in fact a crime of state and federal kidnapping, and that the act of abduction by a parent is a terrible act of child abuse. Notwithstanding the above, the conspiracy to kidnap and steal a child abroad often includes the breach of numerous additional criminal laws and orders of a court of local jurisdiction. The acts of parental alienation and child manipulation are often visible: their effects tragic and potentially long-lasting for a defenseless child who, by act of the abducting parent, is often denied a life of innocence that each child is entitled to. Instead, the child is deprived of the love of their other parent and all too often mentally and spiritually manipulated into thinking untruthful things about the other parent by act of the abducting parent - who is desperate to try to sanction their own criminal behavior.
Attempting to sanction their criminal behavior of international child kidnapping in the international courts is something that a parental kidnapper often spends time doing well before their act of criminal abduction. Truth is their criminal conspiracy, as cited by the United States Department of State, the Department of Justice, and leading authorities from around the world, is well-planned, as opposed to the targeted parent, who is often clueless and unsuspecting that an abduction is planned. Unfortunately, there are rules within international law that may allow for an abductor to be able to sanction their criminal behavior.
Specifically under the civil court proceedings of The Hague Convention's Article 13, an abductor may be able to sanction their crime of international kidnapping by attempting to demonstrate that a return of the abducted child to the child's jurisdiction of origin is not in the best interest of the child. Often, and I was not immune to this, is the deceitful act by an abducting parent to make false and fraudulent claims to the courts and to government agencies against the targeted parent. Notwithstanding these acts, there is often a public defamation campaign created well in advance of their criminal act of abduction, typically by unknown or anonymous sources whereas the abductor and those who they conspire with will attempt to create a false persona of the targeted parent. Why is this done? The answer is very direct: in order to sanction their own criminal behavior. So if you have ever read any disparaging statements concerning my conduct, please be mindful of where it comes from, and then take the time to read numerous letters sworn letters that demonstrate the truth. (I invite you to read the letters titled ‘Peter Thomas Senese and Global Citizenship’).
In my own situation, I was the target of such acts. Unfortunately, I was not aware at the time that these acts were initiated several years prior to my child's abduction. Fortunately, the international courts were able to see through the malicious charade that was directed toward me by a person with a notorious past - a past I was not initially aware of. The Hague Court ruled in my favor as evidence was ruled upon that demonstrated the fraudulent conspiracy of defamation and slander by the abducting parent. Tragically for many, including myself, the acts of slander and defamation of character are all part of an abductor's defense. Fortunately, I was able to take legal action through various courts and had much of the content removed. However, federal laws do exist that preclude content posted by a third party to be removed on the Internet. In fact, the New York State Supreme Court issued an arrest warrant for one of the individuals who conspired to act with untruthful malice toward me who had conspired with the abductor.
It is due to the tragedy many families face that I have become vocal in my effort to raise public awareness while also putting great effort into researching this area in order to help change public policy and law that will help protect children everywhere.
My activity in this area of international child abduction prevention advocacy include the following:
1. Founding Director of the 501-C-3 Not-for-profit, self-funded ‘International Child Abduction Research & Enlightenment’ Foundation that was established to and has successfully rescued numerous internationally kidnapped children while conducting advanced research in the area of IPCA in order advocate for the creation of new laws that will protect children from international kidnapping.
2. Under the I CARE Foundation’s leadership, we have built a large national pro bono network of lawyers willing to assist parents who are targeted to have a child internationally kidnapped or who have had a child abducted; and,
3. Overseeing the legal rescue and reunification of numerous internationally kidnapped children; and,
4. Provided necessary resources required for numerous lawyers and targeted parents who were trying to prevent their child from being internationally abducted; and,
5. Participating in the passage of the State of Florida's Child Abduction Prevention Act; and,
6. Successfully advocated for the federal implementation of the 'Prevent Departure Program' to be used as a tool to stop international parental child abduction; and,
7. Writer and advocate behind legislative initiatives to prevent international child abduction by modifying the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative; and,
8. Writer and advocate behind legislative initiatives to prevent international child abduction by modifying the Prevent Departure Program II; and,
9. The co-authoring and creation and FREE publication of the extensive 'The World Turned Upside Down' open-tablet E-book resource guide on IPCA; and,
10. The creation and production of the FREE ongoing educations documentary film on IPCA titled 'Chasing Parents: Racing Into the Storms of IPCA; and,
11. The co-authoring of the extensive research report titled 'Crisis In America: IPCA Today'; and,
12. The co-authoring of the extensive research report titled 'International Child Abduction and Human Trafficking In The Western Hemisphere'; and,
13. The upcoming release of the novel 'Chasing The Cyclone' which is inspired by my own experiences in the world of IPCA; and,
14. The ongoing efforts to create additional federal laws that evolve around child abduction prevention.
15. The stout support and advocacy of on line impersonation laws such as those passed in the states of California and New York.
16. I have used significant book publication revenue to finance the recovery of internationally kidnapped children.
During the time of my child's abduction, I did what most parents would do if they were able to: stop everything that they were involved with and do everything legally possible to reunify with their child. And that is exactly what I did despite great hardship and difficulty. The fact is that most children who are criminally abducted abroad do not come home, and the nightmare they and their targeted parent must live with is grave.
It is why I have tried to help others who may be involved with trying to find and bring home their own child. It is why I have created informative resources for others. And it is why I am actively involved with trying to create or support new laws that will help protect children.
The road I traveled on at times has not been easy, but in the end I take pride in knowing that my actions in the area of IPCA have had a positive impact on many other children and their targeted parents. If you can help protect one child's life, life becomes even that much more meaningful. Fortunately, the advocacy I have been involved with has helped, in its own way, many others. And that was the intent - to simply help others.
Today, I remain true to my commitment to raise society's interest and appreciation for reading, writing, and storytelling. I am excited about my upcoming publications and look forward to my continued activity in the world of storytelling in all mediums including publishing, film, and television.
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