Friday, August 23, 2013

A video about Sean Sidi, who is much loved and missed by his family.

Video Produced By Sean's cousin, Rachel Jones. 

"Sean is loved and missed by many people, including a very large family in Hawaii (mom's family) and relatives in Europe (dad's family). From the time that he was 3 months old, Sean regularly visited with relatives in Hawaii and Europe, getting to know both sides of his family.  This video provides a glimpse of Sean, bonding with his family in Hawaii."  

 Please watch video.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Proudly wearing the Whistleblower Badge

Whistleblower Bradley Manning sentenced to 35yrs.
Photo courtesy Parick Semansky, AP 

The definition of a whistleblower is an individual who takes action to expose a wrongdoing within an organization in hopes of stopping it. A whistleblower is someone whose conscience and concern for those impacted by a wrongdoing, is more important than the ramifications they may personally suffer by exposing the information. Whistleblowers take personal risk to live according to their morals.

We have a choice in life; we either choose to live according to ethics and principals or we choose to brush some things under the carpet according to what benefits us, and live according to an agenda.

I was accused of whistleblowing after exposing Cleveland PD had removed kidnapping victim Michelle Knight from the FBI NCIC system only 15 months after her disappearance ten years ago and for the record, they removed her only 5 months after she vanished. Full Cleveland Plain Dealer article.

Michelle had fallen through the cracks and a decision I made because I felt if it could happen to one missing person, there were still over 85,000 others who it could happen to. As public servants we are accountable, and especially when lives are involved. The only way to improve is to acknowledge failures and take corrective action and the local, state and federal government have this obligation. As advocates, we have a responsibility to represent the victim, not pick and choose sides because it benefits our agenda. I will proudly wear the "Whistleblower" badge because I know I did the right thing . . . and we all should wonder what side of the fence my accusers stand.

Pvt. Bradley Manning also believes he did the right thing exposing our U.S. government's repeated human right's violations, negligence, and cover-ups of Afghan civilian deaths, corrupt officials, collusion with warlords, and a failing US/NATO war effort. Let's remember that violations of human rights apply to all humans. Using the threat to National Security is not a green card for the U.S. government to permit atrocities internationally or domestically.

Sentenced to 35 years in prison, this 25-year-old deserves the support of the people or - we can choose to support "war crimes" and brush Pvt. Manning under the carpet because we don't have the courage to live up to a moral obligation.

I choose to "Stand With Brad" and sign the petition to grant him clemency. What will you choose to do?


For more information about how you can help free Bradley Manning visit We Stand With Brad

Bradley Manning Support Network Advisory Board members:
  • Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink: Women for Peace
  • Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, board member for the National Whistleblower Center
  • Daniel Ellsberg, Pentagon Papers whistle blower
  • Kathleen Gilberd, co-chair of the Military Law Task Force of the National Lawyers Guild
  • Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and activist
  • Robert Meeropol, executive director of the Rosenburg Fund for Children
  • Michael Moore, documentary filmmaker
  • Pete Perry, Veterans for Peace activist
  • Andy Thayer, co-founder of the Gay Liberation Network
  • Jose Vasquez, executive director of Iraq Veterans against the War
  • US Army Colonel Ann Wright (ret.), former US State Department official
Bradley Manning Support Network Steering Committee members:

  • Gerry Condon, national co-chair of the Veterans for Peace GI Resistance Working Group
  • Bob Meola, member of War Resisters League National Committee
  • Jeff Paterson, project director of Courage to Resist
  • Loraine Reitman, privacy advocate
  • Kevin Zeese, co-founder and executive director, Voters for Peace

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Age, Race, Gender, Disability, Socioeconomic status play potential role in lack of resources and media coverage for missing persons

For Immediate Release
Monday, August 19, 2013

San Francisco – Sean Sidi vanished on May 21, 2013, near 150 Oak Street in San Francisco, CA. Frantic, Sean’s parents Claude Sidi and Lynn Ching, immediately called San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) to make a missing person report. The Sidi’s were particularly concerned because Sean was recovering from emergency brain surgery after sustaining a severe traumatic brain injury in an accident several months earlier. According to a statement issued by Dr. Geoffrey Manley, Chief of Neurosurgery at San Francisco General Hospital, “Sean’s medical condition puts him at significant risk of death, or of not making a meaningful recovery from his brain injury if not found quickly.” What the Sidi family did not realize is local and national resources to help them find their son are minimal. 


Kevin Collins missing February 10, 1984
It has been almost 30 years since Kevin Collins vanished from San Francisco on February 10, 1984. One of the first children to appear on a milk carton, Kevin’s case garnered national media attention.  

The missing, featured on a milk carton.

In the years following Kevin’s disappearance, there were many advances in the way law enforcement and media respond to missing child cases.  However, as the Sidi family found out, how much help you receive depends upon the age of your missing child and possibly even their gender. Unlike the disappearance of Kevin Collins, few missing persons ever become a household name.


As of August 1, 2013, there were 80,870 active missing person cases in the United States. The total number of active juvenile cases totals 40,671 missing children ages 0 - 17, and 11,025 active missing persons ages 18 - 21, with 29,174 active missing adults ages 22 - 99. Of the total number of active missing person cases 39,692 are missing males and the total number of individuals entered as disabled total 5,104.


In 1982, Congress enacted the Missing Children’s Act, requiring law enforcement to enter a missing child’s information into the FBI National Crime Information Center (NCIC). In 1984, President Ronald Reagan officially opened the doors of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) to provide assistance to law enforcement and families of missing children up to age 17.


Suzanne’s Law, which passed in 2003, required that law enforcement enter any missing person between    18 - 21 years of age into NCIC.  In addition to NCIC entry, Suzanne’s Law enables law enforcement to register 18 - 21 year olds with the NCMEC and profiled on www.missingkids.com, along with making additional resources available.  However, despite the passage of Suzanne’s Law, many law enforcement agencies throughout the country are still unaware this law exists, and missing persons ages 18-21, are often not provided the services of NCMEC or properly entered into NCIC databases.


Sean was entered into National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NAMUS) and receiving services from NCMEC searching for their missing disabled son but discovered other resources to assist in the search are scarce. Experts say missing persons over the age of 18 still have minimal resources, and even less media attention, especially for missing young men.


Typically, Amber Alerts and Silver Alerts are not available for young adults who vanish – even if severely disabled. According to the official Amber Alert website, one of the criteria for issuing an emergency broadcast is the missing person must be under age 17. The California Highway Patrol - Silver Alert  website indicates the missing person must be 65 or older to issue a Silver Alert. Sean does not fit either requirement.


A family’s desperate efforts to find missing son transforms into national public awareness campaign

Sean Sidi, critically disabled missing person.
With the help of an army of volunteers, the Sidi family has conducted ground searches, held vigils, posted thousands of fliers, visited homeless shelters and food kitchens, and even traveled to the Montana Rainbow Gathering in an effort to find Sean. They have distributed a minimum 30,000 missing person fliers.


They have also conducted a very impressive social media campaign. The Sidi’s immediately created a website for their son at www.seansidi.com that has received over 80,000 unique site visits since May and 1,613,306 hits to their website. In addition, they created “Find Sean Sidi” Facebook page, along with utilizing Twitter and Pinterest, to get Sean’s information out to the public. Together, the social media sites are averaging 7,000 visitors per day.


The Sidi family post updates on activities, dates of vigils, personal notes to Sean from family and friends, and “Calls to Action” asking for help from the public to “share” and post fliers of Sean nationwide, hoping to generate the one lead that will bring Sean home safe. They even announced a $5,000 reward.


According to NOKR’s National Director for Missing Adults, Sean is considered an extremely “high risk” missing person case but even his critical medical condition does not garner the same media attention as other missing persons.


“Sean’s medical condition places him in a category of individuals with a disability who are at significant risk of injury or victimization if not found immediately - and with the public’s help, I believe we can find Sean,” says Kym L. Pasqualini. “I’ve spent twenty years in the field of missing persons and services to families of missing adults are minimal, but there also exists disproportionate media coverage and historically we have had more difficulty getting media coverage for missing adult males, and the same is true for missing persons of different races and socioeconomic status.” NBC news Damsels in Distress and TRU TV reports from 2004, reflect little has changed for families of missing adults.


Despite the challenges they have faced in their effort to find their missing son, Sean’s parents remain undeterred from continuing their aggressive public awareness campaign.


“We will never stop searching for Sean until he is found.  Despite the many advances in the way law enforcement and media respond to missing child cases, since Kevin Collins’ disappearance 30 years ago, there is a serious lack of resources available when an adult goes missing,” says Lynn Ching, Sean Sidi’s mother. “It has been very difficult to obtain government assistance in our search for Sean. There is an urgent need for stronger laws to ensure timely assistance in the search for missing adults, especially those with serious medical conditions.”


For general information and statistics about missing persons, you can reach Kym L. Pasqualini at (480) 466-0063 or kympasqualini@gmail.com.



About NOKR
Established in January 2004, The Next of Kin Registry (NOKR) is a humanitarian non-profit 501c3 dedicated to bridging rapid emergency contact information. NOKR is a 100% volunteer work force with volunteers in 87 countries. NOKR is a resource on more than 92% of all State websites, the American Red Cross, International Committee for the Red Cross, Homeland Security Disasterhelp.gov, USA.gov, Ready FEMA, and other federal agencies, as a critical resource for daily emergencies. NOKR is also an official partner of Microsoft HealthVault. For more information, please contact NOKR Deputy Director Gerry DiStefano at (803) 319-3017 or Kym L. Pasqualini at (480) 466-0063. Visit NOKR's website at www.nokr.org.

Justice for Bernadette Stevenson Caruso - What you can do to help!

 
Bernadette Stevenson Caruso, missing 27 years.

Bernadette Stevenson Caruso has been missing since September 27, 1986.

The 23-year-old was last seen leaving her place of employment at Shaw's Jewelry Store in the Eastpoint Mall, in northeastern Baltimore County, Maryland. A witness saw Bernadette get into her vehicle in the mall parking lot at approximately 5:05pm that afternoon.

Bernadette was in a child custody dispute of her 3-year-old daughter, and had also filed charges of domestic violence against her estranged husband, a Baltimore County police officer. She had been scheduled to appear in court within two weeks of her disappearance. 

Prior to her disappearance Bernadette had told a coworker that her estranged husband had called her and she was going to go see him to have a discussion.

Her gray/green 1982 Chevrolet Cavalier with MD license plate FYW-097 remains missing.


Call to Action

Missing 27 years, Bernadette deserves JUSTICE. Her family has only 6 weeks to gather signatures on the Justice for Bernadette Stevenson Caruso petition, and present it to the State Attorney by September 27, 2013, the anniversary date that marks 27 years Bernadette has been missing.

Bernadette was one of my missing persons cases while I served as CEO for the National Center for Missing Adults from 1994-2010. For additional information about Bernadette's case and the families efforts to find answers please visit http://www.bernadettestevensoncaruso.org/ 

I was signer #1008 and I urge everyone to spare a moment to ensure justice for this mother and sign the petition to show that every life is valuable and Bernadette has not been forgotten.

PLEASE SIGN & SHARE AS IF THIS WERE YOUR DAUGHTER/SISTER/MOTHER
It only takes a moment & would help this family immensely.

To make a difference and sign the petition please go visit GoPetition Justice for Bernadette Stevenson Caruso

Thank you so much!

Kym L. Pasqualini

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Teen Pleads for Return of Her Missing Brother








For Immediate Release:
Thursday, August 8, 2013

San Francisco - Sean Sidi vanished on May 21, 2013, near 150 Oak Street in San Francisco, CA. His family has been desperately searching for Sean who suffered a traumatic brain injury and underwent emergency brain surgery prior to his disappearance. His mysterious disappearance has baffled police and the Sidi family has conducted ground searches, held vigils, posted thousands of fliers, and traveled to surrounding states searching for the missing nineteen year old. Now, his fifteen-year-old sister Danielle Sidi, is pleading for her brother’s safe return.


As of July 31, 2013, there were 84,525 active missing person cases in the FBI National Crime Information Center (NCIC). Nationally, 5,601 missing persons were entered into NCIC as having a disability that places the missing person at significant risk.  California has one of the highest numbers of active missing persons, totaling 20,032 active missing person cases as of July 31, 2013.


Danielle Sidi with her older brother Sean Sidi
At a time when teens sometimes get a bad rap, Danielle Sidi is a young teen with a mission. Involved in various humanitarian projects, this young competitive soccer player, has volunteered at retirement homes, built houses with “Global Works” in Puerto Rico, served meals to the homeless, and scheduled to begin a yearlong volunteer position with California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) in San Francisco. Danielle is a young girl who now has a mission that has hit home, finding her missing disabled brother.


Danielle Sidi and her brother Sean have always been close sharing laughs at home and sharing fun times while traveling with their parents. “I just want my brother home,” says Danielle Sidi. When asked what she would like to say to her missing brother, Danielle tearfully responded, “Sean, I miss you and need my big brother.”


Kym L. Pasqualini, NOKR National Director for Missing Adults and 20-year expert in the field of missing persons, is working with the Sidi family. “We often do not realize the impact on children and teens when a sibling goes missing, as ambiguous loss is considered by medical experts to be one of the most traumatic of human experiences,” says Pasqualini. “Considering the emotional impact families experience when a child goes missing, I am in awe of Danielle’s strength and courage to ask national media for help finding her brother.”

The family remains very proactive in their search for Sean and post updates and messages to Sean on their website at www.seansidi.com. Danielle Sidi also set up a Facebook page for her brother at https://www.facebook.com/findseansidi. The sites are averaging 7,000 visitors per day.  

For general information and statistics about missing persons, you can reach Kym L. Pasqualini at 480.466.0063 or by email at kympasqualini@gmail.com

About NOKR
Established in January 2004, The Next of Kin Registry (NOKR) is a humanitarian non-profit 501c3 dedicated to bridging rapid emergency contact information. NOKR is a 100% volunteer work force with volunteers in 87 countries. NOKR is listed as a resource on more than 92% of all State websites, the American Red Cross, International Committee for the Red Cross, Homeland Security Disasterhelp.gov, USA.gov, Ready FEMA, and other federal agencies, as a critical resource for daily emergencies. NOKR is also an official partner of Microsoft HealthVault. For more information, please contact NOKR Deputy Director Gerry DiStefano at (803) 319-3017 or Kym L. Pasqualini at (480) 466-0063. Visit NOKR's website at www.nokr.org.

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