November 22, 2006

Travel abroad, you're on your own

Over 6,000 American civilians are killed overseas each year.

Only 2% of these cases are ever resolved.

If you run into trouble while traveling or conducting business in a foreign country, the U.S. embassy is not likely to provide the assistance you might expect.

The Albert Lima family, of Tampa, is sharing their personal experience in the new documentary,
My Father's People:

On February 8th, 2000, at 11:30 pm, the phone rang, bringing the worst news I could ever imagine. My father, my hero, Albert Lima was dead. Murdered in the most horrible way possible, by people he had trusted and supported way above and beyond the call of duty.

In 1991, when a Honduran family struggling to regain control of their family business sought his help, he didn't hesitate. He had the know-how to help, and as fellow Latinos, their success was his success. These were, after all, his people.
Initially believing that Albert Lima had been kidnapped, the family sought assistance from the U.S. embassy in Honduras. Their nightmare was just beginning.

Watch a news report and the documentary trailer here.
One of the goals of the producers of My Father's People is to bring awareness to the situation that all Americans face when they encounter tragedy overseas.

Only through action by our elected government can the needed changes take place which will make sure that there isn't a story like ours to tell again.

We ask you to sign our petition to show your support for our efforts. Once the signatures have been collected, we will forward them to the appropriate representatives.

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