Michael Sanchez’s daughter Emily abruptly vanished when her biological mother abducted her to Brazil after a custody battle when she was just two and a half years old.
Now Michael has begun a petition and has spoken with many state leaders to implement a new no-fly list law, named in his daughter’s honor, that would help prevent a parent from flying out of the state or country without others knowledge.
“Airport security, the TSA, everybody would have access to a database of children so if a single parent is flying with a child, they are able to look up information and red-flag that child if they’re in a custody battle. Now it would also need conjunction with the court system because they would have to put that in immediately,” said Sanchez.
This month Emily will turn 11-years-old. Michael has only been able to see her two times in Brazil since she was abducted. He’s hoping this new law will stop others from experiencing what he has.
“It destroys everybody, it destroyed me, I live with it everyday, I have nightmares it’s like my life is never going to be the same, it’s like am I ever going to see her again, I haven’t seen her in five years,” said Sanchez.
Michael will be meeting with Congress soon to discuss the proposal.
Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.
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