October 1, 2009

Rally to Free Christopher Savoie, Washington, Oct. 3

Children’s Rights Council of Japan is organizing a Rally and Candlelight Vigil in Washington, D.C. on October 3, calling on Japan to free Christopher Savoie and reunite abducted American children with both sides of their families.  The Rally will be held in front of the Japanese Embassy, 2520 Massachusetts Avenue, starting at 2:00 PM, with a Candlelight Vigil in front of The White House starting at 7:00 PM.

Christopher Savoie was arrested and imprisoned in Japan after trying to recover his two American children, who were kidnapped to Japan in violation of U.S. law by his Japanese ex-wife.  Christopher’s wife, Amy Savoie, will speak at the Rally, as will other victims whose children are being held in Japan.

Scheduled Speakers:

Walter Benda, Co-founder, Children’s Rights Council of Japan and father of two American daughters who were abducted in Japan in 1995.

Commander Paul Toland, US Navy, sole surviving parent of a daughter, Erika, who was abducted in Japan in 2003.

Amy Savoie, wife of Christopher Savoie and stepmother of two children abducted to Japan this year.

Kay Kephart, a grandmother whose grandchildren are being held in Japan.

More speakers to be added later.

The public is invited to attend.

Please direct media inquiries to and check our website at for updates and further details.  Phone inquiries:  276-637-0117.


  1. crow930 said

    Is there an appropriate time when a parent can try to reconnect with a child. If so what is the best way to locate a child and make the proper introductions.

  2. mmkielb said

    I have read through some articles and viewed some videos about this situation, but I haven’t been able to find any information about the Japanese Divorce agreement between the two. All people are talking about is the custody agreement in the states. Did the Savoie family take care of their legal matters in the Japan? Did they ever legally marry in Japan? If they did do the marriage paperwork in Japan and are still legally married in Japan, then Mr. Savoie was kidnapped for abducting his own children, which is contradictory to Japanese law. According to CNN Japan law states that parental abduction is not a crime. I would just like the information about the Savoie’s legal status in Japan.

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