Calls For Justina announced on March 24 that a “Call To Action” has been made to MELT THE PHONES once again in support of Justina Pelletier.

On Friday, March 21st, Judge Johnston once again kicked the can down the road and delayed ruling on the custody of Justina Pelletier.

Our plans are to MELT THE PHONES at the Essex County Juvenile Court, Mass Department of Children and Family Services, as well as the State Attorney and Governor’s offices and ask that the courts return custody of Justina to the parents, or to provide a valid reasonable case publicly as to why they continue to refuse her medical treatment and basic rights afforded to both her and her family.

The Phone Numbers To Call Are As Follows:

  • Honorable Joseph F. Johnston – (781) 586-0415
  • Chief Justice Roderick L Ireland – (617) 557-1000
  • Gov. Deval Patrick – (617) 725-4005

We are asking for Judge Johnston to decide to return Justina’s custody over to her parents so she can have care at Tufts University Hospital. Justina needs health care now and any further delays threaten her health and safety.

We are also urging you to utilize all of the phone numbers on our site and call to ask for others within the state legislature to help with contacting the Juvenile Courts of Mass in support of releasing Justina.

We will have more information coming throughout the day.

 

The Facebook page A Miracle for Justina has announced a prayer vigil and rally for Monday, March 17th outside of the Suffolk County Juvenile Court. There will be a custody hearing for Justina’s custody at the court on Monday.

Details:

What: Prayer vigil and rally for Justina Pelletier
When: March 17, 12:30-1:30pm
Where: Suffolk County Juvenile Court
24 New Chardon Street, Boston

The rally will occur March 17th in Boston.

The rally will occur March 17th in Boston.

We hope that you can attend! If you have friends or family in New England that can attend, share the event page with them on Facebook.

Thank you for supporting Justina!

From the Facebook event page:

On Monday, March 17, we will be holding a prayer vigil and rally outside the Suffolk County Juvenile Court (24 New Chardon Street, Boston). After the rally and prayer vigil, we will enter the courthouse for Justina’s custody hearing.

We need this to be the biggest rally yet, because Judge Johnston will issue a ruling on Justina’s custody. We need them to know the Justina belongs in the loving arms of her family. Just last Friday, she told her family that she felt like she was in jail. Justina needs to be released and free to return home!

It is critical that we be a loud and passionate voice for this 15-year-old girl who was ripped from her home by the government against the wishes of her family. We cannot be silent when we see the rights of families and parents trampled by public officials and courts.

 

BOSTON, March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — At a hearing today, the family of Justina Pelletier achieved three significant victories that lead them closer to bringing Justina home.

First, the spurious gag order has been withdrawn and is no longer in effect. Second, no contempt charges will be filed against the Pelletiers for speaking publicly about their daughter’s plight. Finally, responsibility for Justina’s medical care has been transferred to Tufts Medical Center.

Nevertheless, these remain half-measures until Justina is removed from the custody of DCF. The Pelletier family and the Free Justina campaign intend to press forward with even more intensity until Justina is back in the loving arms of her family.

Reverend Patrick Mahoney, family spokesperson who was present at the courthouse, said, “This is a small step in the right direction, but it validates what we have known all along: the gag order was blatantly unconstitutional and indefensible, and that Justina needed be under Tufts care, just as the Pelletiers had been saying for the last 12 months. This signifies that the parents were right after all, and that the charge of ‘medical abuse’ was bogus.”

Keith Mason, President of Personhood USA said: “The DCF bureaucracy kept this family under their thumb for a whole year. But within a week of shedding the national spotlight on this case, they are feeling the heat and have begun to back down. The public pressure campaign is working and is one of the sole reasons we’ve seen movement on this case.”

He added: “We need to redouble our efforts until Justina is free. This public campaign cannot rest for even a minute. We will continue to pressure DCF and other key stakeholders until Justina is returned home.”

www.freejustina.com

SOURCE Personhood USA

 

Over the past several days, and moreso today than any other day, I’ve been asked a simple question:  How does the Massachusetts Department of Children and Family Services even have jurisdiction to remove custody from parents who are not even residents of the state?  That question also comes as Connecticut DCF officials did not ask for Justina Pelletier to be taken from her family or have made any allegations of the “Suspected Child Abuse” that the Pelletier Family have been accused of by the State and Boston’s Childrens Hospital.

We are currently asking for clarification from the State of Connecticut on this matter, and where they stand, as to whether or not Justina Pelletier would have been removed from her parents custody.

According to the Uniformed Child-Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act of 1997 – a law that has been enacted in ALL 50 US States – this may not be the case.  So this begs to ask the question as to why the State of Mass, when it removed Justina Pelletier from Children’s Medical Center in Boston and placed her in a Nom-Medical Psychiactric facility, why Justina was not transfered to a facility in Connecticut under the care of Connecticut DCF Jurisdiction.

While provisions in place within the UCCJEA allow for a state to take custody in matters of extreme abuse when there is interstate parental custody, the Home State must be involved in the process, and ONLY when one parent is a resident of the state taking initial actions.  This is not the case in the state of Mass.

You can read the entire act here: http://www.uniformlaws.org/shared/docs/child_custody_jurisdiction/uccjea_final_97.pdf

 

In an email sent as a response to the flurry of emails and phone calls to State Rep Paul Heroux – the email speaks for itself on the level of interest a member of the DCF Oversight Committee has on this matter, as well as the level of interest this Legislator has as to whether or not its worth standing up for an individuals rights.

“as legislators I do not believe we should attempt to substitute our judgment for that of a Trial Court Judge”

What Paul Heroux fails to understand, is that standing up for the rights of another American Citizen is the sole purpose of his job.  To stand up for the US Constitution, and to stand up for Liberty.  Paul Heroux made it clear in his email – that he will not do so only because a Trial Judge was already involved.

In a flurry of Twitter Posts he attempted to defend his position as not having enough information in the case, and that those who were asking him to get involved was not up to speed on the level of information he was.

 

Political Theatrics?  Sounds to me like Paul Heroux would rather be a politician than a Representative of the People.

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From: Heroux, Paul (HOU) [mailto:Paul.Heroux@mahouse.gov]
Sent: Saturday, March 01, 2014 2:57 PM
To: XXXXXXXXXXXX
Subject: RE: Justina Pelletier

Thank you for your email. I take the time to respond to every email, even if they do not come from my constituents.

I appreciate your concern for what is going on with our state agency. There are a lot of problems with DCF as well as other state agencies. I used to work for a state agency in a management capacity.

Here is my position on this case.

1. I do not know all of the facts surrounding this, however…
2. I am on the Committee that is overseeing the Department of Children and Families
3. Moreover, a resolution by the Legislature is not enforceable; the Legislature does not have the constitutional authority to order an Executive branch to do anything
4. Additionally, as legislators I do not believe we should attempt to substitute our judgment for that of a Trial Court Judge, who is hearing the evidence of this case

Because of these reasons and others not easy to articulate, I will not be signing onto the resolution.

Paul

 

Phase Two Begins – Monday, March 3, 2014 – We will continue to Melt The Phones at ALL Government Agencies throughout the day until Justina Pelletier is released back to the custody of her parents. We are adding the Massachusetts Dept. Of Children and Family Services – as well as Representative Paul Heroux who is on the Committee that Oversees DCF and refuses to get involved with the case.

We need to send a message! We will also begin to call out the Representatives and Govt. Officials in the State of Mass who have the power to stand up and defend Justina and her family, but refuse to do so.

Stay Tuned – there will be more posted throughout the day on Monday.

 

Turn Up The Heat – Tell Them To Make It Happen and #FreeJustina TODAY! – Mass Dept of Child Services main number 617-573-1600

The Department of Child and Family Services in Mass are already feeling the heat and YOU are making a difference!  Now is the time to turn up the heat and keep the phone lines lit!  Let’s help make a miracle happen for the Pelletier Family and tell DCF to #FreeJustinaToday!

 

According to TheBlaze.Com – Mass DCF has released a statement about the Justina Pelletier Case…

The Massachusetts Department of Children & Families on Friday broke its silence about the high-profile case involving a Connecticut teenager taken away from her parents last year after disagreement over a diagnosis led to accusations of medical child abuse.

“Our primary goal has always been the health and well-being of Justina,” DCF spokesman Alec Loftus said in an emailed statement about the case surrounding Justina Pelletier, who has been out of her parent’s custody for more than a year now.

“We want the parents to be able to work with the providers and courts to ultimately move Justina back to her home state of Connecticut,” Loftus continued. “That is the objective, and is consistent with our previous efforts to find an appropriate placement near her home. A medical team has been identified at Tufts, the family’s provider of choice, with the clinical expertise to care for Justina.”

The agency is withdrawing its motion, issued last week, to have Lou Pelletier, Justina’s father, held in contempt of court for breaking a gag order, an official said.

We are continuing to ask everyone to keep making phone calls and keep up the fight. For more on the story - visit: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/02/28/mass-department-of-children-families-releases-statement-on-pelletier-case/

 

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