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Sep 27, 2023, 7:00 AM – Sep 29, 2023, 11:50 PM
The Mayflower Hotel,
1127 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA

Welcoming the UK Delegation!

iStand 2022



Cobham, Surrey, UK

Hilton Cobham Inn

Special Guests

Lady Anita Duckworth-Bradshaw
Founder, Powerhouse Global Brand


iStand 2022

UK Host

Noelle Hunter, PhD
 Co-Founder & President Emeritus
iStand Parent Network Inc. 

iStand 2022

Conference Host

Conference Schedule 
Saturday, October 1, 2022

10:00 AM EDT
UK Welcome
10:15 AM EDT
A Vision for Global Family Strengthening
10:30 AM EDT
Keynote Address: Islamic Law, International Law and Parental Child Abduction
11:05 AM EDT
Breakout Sessions 1 - 4
12:00 PM EDT
Break / Regional Informal meet and greets
1:00 PM EDT
Afternoon Plenary: Every Case is Different--- The Mythology of Governmental Inaction to Reunite Families
1:40 PM EDT
Breakout Sessions 5 - 8
2:45 PM EDT
Closing Plenary Session – Participant Feedback
3:15 PM EDT
iStand 2023 Preview & Closing Remarks

Breakout Session 1 - 4
11:05 AM - 12:00 PM 

Survivor’s Toolkit: Faith & Spirituality
Jules Mani, President, Shine the Light for Abducted Children
Writers Roundtable
Hosted by Lizbeth Meredith, Author, Pieces of Me: Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters
Technology Innovations to Help Your Case
Deanielle Dawra, Co-Founder, Find My Parent Inc.
Navigating the Troubled Waters of Alienation
Elaine Cobb, Founder & President, Family Access-Fighting for Children's Rights

Breakout Session 5 - 7
1:40 PM - 2:40 PM 

Survivor's Toolkit: Persistence and Long Haul Reunifications
Samina Rahman (Abdallah’s mom), George Petroutsas (Andoni’s dad), and Ravi Parmar (Reynsh’s dad)
Survivor Experiences: Youth Stories of Hope and Healing
Youth Ambassadors Nafeesah Ali, Maayi N'Diaye
IPCA Policy Brief Series: IPCA is a Wicked Problem
Sarah Hakim, University of Alabama in Huntsville

About the Conference

Now in it's 9th year, the International Parents Conference is the premiere gathering of survivors, parents, families, advocates and friends of internationally abducted children. 


The Conference is traditionally held in Washington DC. This year, however, iStand 2022 is virtual, and we welcome participants from across the globe to join together through dynamic plenary sessions, breakout sessions and special opportunities to connect for family reunification, family strengthening and global IPCA reform. 

Join us on October 1 for iStand 2022: Virtual International Conference!

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