2015|US Embassy 4/15

Ltr. to Ambassador Costos – Wilcox vs. Spain – Human Rights Violations

The Honorable James Costos, Ambassador of the United States, American Embassy in Madrid, c/ Serrano, 75, 28006 Madrid, Spain

April 6, 2015

RE: Human Rights Case Wilcox vs. Spain – Ending Impunity for Violence Against Women and Children

Dear Mr. Ambassador,

I am once again soliciting the assistance of the American Embassy in Madrid under art. 5 & 38 of the Convention of Consular Relations, §71.1 and §10.735–215 of CFR 22, 2715a, 71.6, 3904(1) of 22 USC, and the US government’s ‘obligation to protect’ under Gonzales vs. USA, 2011 Inter-American Commission on Human Rights[1]) and Gonzalez Carreño vs. Spain, 2014 CEDAW-UN[i], inter alia.

In Gonzalez Carreño vs. Spain, the Spanish government contended “inadmissibility” due to “judicial error” and a lack of “application for disciplinary action against implicated judicial actors” by author.  CEDAW decided that the Spanish government’s defense was unfounded, further noting the lack of proof as to the effectiveness of disciplinary action by regulatory agencies in Spain.

What my case, Wilcox vs. Spain, demonstrates is that regulatory agencies, and their procedures, are totally ineffective due to nepotism, negligence and corruption with government, and pseudo-government agencies. In addition to demonstrating an extensive and systematic cover-up of domestic abuse by judicial actors, my case shows to what extent regulatory agencies are becoming accessories after the fact to judicial negligence and corruption in their failure to investigate.

For your records, please find enclosed a copy of my latest correspondence to Spanish authorities[2], noting that the failure of Spanish authorities to launch a full-scale investigations into the criminal negligence and rampant violation of my rights in judicial and extra-judicial proceedings, particularly allegations against implicated lawyers, judges, and the physic-social team of the juzgado de Mostoles, between 2007 and 2012.

The continual refusal of the American Consulate and Embassy in Madrid to utilize their power and authority as provided for under the Convention of Consular Relations to fulfill their obligation to protect American citizens living abroad is in gross violation of international human rights law and jurisprudence (Gonzales vs. USA, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, 2011).

The fact that American citizens are residing (or travelling) outside of American territory and jurisdiction does not extinguish the American government’s obligation to protect. Please note that in the case at hand the American government is not impeded by the ‘state vs. federal’ arguments that they US government is  using in Gonzales vs. USA.  In fact, the jurisprudence by the International Court of Justice, Avena & Mexican nationals vs. USA, 2004, inter alia, clearly provides the legal authority of Consulates to be informed as to judicial and extra-judicial procedures in which their citizens are involved, as well as protest over the violation of the rights of their citizens, under Art.  5 of the Convention of Consular Relations.

What is lacking here is the will and volition of governments to implement and utilize the laws at their disposition to protect victims of domestic violence, and not a lack in legislation or jurisprudence – as they contend.

Additionally, the American government’s policy of refusing any assistance to American women and children victims of domestic abuse residing abroad, and involved in divorce and custody procedures, is flagrant discrimination by Department of State officials, and in violation of USA federal law  (whereas their exist ample proof and documentation of rampant and extensive re-victimization of victims by judicial actors, their own lawyers included, see reports by Amnesty International, Save the Children, and CEDAW jurisprudence Gonzalez Carreño vs. Spain).

Please find enclosed a copy of Family Courts in Crisis, (FCC) Oct. 2013, which documents the fact that almost 70% of women involved in international child abduction (by mothers), are fleeing domestic abuse and the failure of host governments to fulfill their obligation to protect them. Not only are Consulates not providing these women, and victims, with the services and assistance mandated by federal and international law, but State Department officials are then providing ample assist to their abusers in tracking down and incarcerating these mothers, whose only crime is a desire to protect their children. The fact that State Department official’s refusal to protect is guided by the same prejudices and ‘habitual custom’ as judicial actors (as demonstrated in FCC) elevates their tort, culpability, and legal liability in light of Gonzalez Carreño vs. Spain and Gonzales Lenahan vs. USA.

The continual refusal of the Spanish, American, and French governments to utilize their power and authority to fulfill their obligation to protect, and their rationalization of said refusal (habitual custom) is exemplary and reflects the continuing bad faith of these governments in fulfilling their legal obligation, and official promises, to protect victims of domestic abuse and violence.  As I have stated in the past, my case is no longer just about the violation of my and my children’s rights, but rather how they are representative of the “a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population [women], with knowledge of the attack [by its government]” (art. 7, Rome Statutes), and government’s refusal to take positive action against the author of said attacks, refusal to take positive action in ending impunity of authors and their accessories, and refusal to take positive action in reversing discriminatory norms amongst judicial actors.

In light of the aforementioned, I am once again soliciting the assistance of the American Embassy and Consulate in Madrid in assuring that the Spanish government fulfill their obligation under Spanish and international law to investigate allegation in my official complaints and communications. I have repeatedly demonstrated my good faith in this matter, and for your records I am including my latest communication to Cuatrecasas regarding the issues involved.


Quenby Wilcox


Links to Documents & Reports Wilcox vs. Spain (UN-CEDAW)


Wilcox vs. Spain: Timeline  – https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/wilcox_vs_spain_story/

Press Releaseshttps://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/press_releases-wilcox_vs_spain/

Official Complaint to Spanish Defensor Pueblo y CGPJ – Part 1 (2012)  -https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/2012_defensor_del_pueblo_1_english/

Official Complaint to Spanish Defensor Pueblo y CGPJ – Part 2 (2102)  – https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/2012_defensor_del_pueblo_2_english/

Official Complaint to the Instituto de la Mujer (2012) – https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/institute_of_women-2012/

Official Complaint to Spanish Defensor Pueblo APR (2014) – https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/defensor_del_pueblo_4-14_english/

Official Complaint to the Colegio de Abogados de Madrid (Bar Association-English) JUN (2013) -https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/colegio_de_abogados_2013_english/ 

Appeal #1 – Colegio de Abogados de Madrid (Bar Association – English) AUG (2013)https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/colegio_de_abogados_recurso_8-13_espanol/


Wilcox vs. España: Historiahttps://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/wilcox-vs-spain-historia/

Queja oficial al Defensor Pueblo y CGPJ  – 1 (2012)https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/defensor_del_pueblo_1-2012_espanol/

Queja oficial al Defensor Pueblo y CGPJ – 2 (2012) – https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/defensor_del_pueblo_2-2012-espanol/

Queja oficial al Instituto de la Mujer (2012)https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/instituto_de_la_mujer-2012/

Queja al Colegio Abogados, 1 JUN (2013) –  https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/colegio_abogados_6-13_espanol/

Queja al ColegioAbogados, 2 JUN (2013)https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/2013colegio-abogados-2-esp-613/

Recurso #1 – Colegio Abogados (2103)https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/colegio_de_abogados_recurso_8-13_espanol/

Recurso #2 – Colegio Abogados de Madrid (Bar Association) SEP (2014)https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/2014_colegio_de_abogados-recurso_al_exp279-13/

Recurso #3 – Colegio Abogados de Madrid (Bar Association) NOV (2014) https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/2014_colegio_abogados_recurso_communcacion_sept26/




State Dept Guideline (7FAM, CFR22 , 22USC)https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/state_dept_guidelines/

Letters to US Embassy in Madrid (Aguirre & Solomont) & State Dept. in DC, 2007-2010https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/us_embassy-2007-2010_aguirre_solomont_state_dept/

Letter to US Dept of State, Miller FEB, 2013 –https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/state_dept_02-17-13_miller/  

Letter to US Dept of State, Jacobs FEB 2013https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/ltr_state_dept_02-26-13/

Letter to US Dept of State, Pettit, Hunter & Namde FEB 2013https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/state_dept_02-27-13_pettit_hunter_namde/

Letter to US Dept of State, Kennedy MAR 2013https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/state_dept_03-15-13_kennedy/

Letter to US Dept of State, Namde MAR 2013https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/state_dept_03-19-13_namde/

Letter to US Dept of State, Keller, MAR 2013https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/state_dept_03-23-13_tkeller/

Letter to US Dept of State, Verveer, MAR 2013https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/state_dept_03-17-13_vereer/

Letter to US Dept of State Dept, Kennedy, Namde & Pettit, NOV 2013https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/state_dept_11-7-13_kennedy_namde_pettit/

Letter to US Embassy Madrid, Consul Gennatiempo FEB 2013https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/us_embassy_madrid_02-12-13_gennatiempo/

Letter to US Embassy in Madrid, FEB 2013https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/us_embassy_madrid_02-26-13_solomont/

Letter to US Embassy in Madrid, Ambassador Solomont, JUN 2013https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/us_embassy_madird_06-24-13_solomont/

Letter to US Embassy in Madrid, Ambassador Costos OCT 2013https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/us_embassy_madrid_10-24-13_costos/

Letter to US Dept of State, Kennedy, Namde & Pettithttps://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/state_dept_05-28-14_kennedy_namde_pettit/

Letter to US Dept of State, Kennedy MAR 2014https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/state_dept_03-14-14_kennedy/

Letter to US Embassy in Madrid, Ambassador Costos, FEB 2014https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/us_embassy_02-03-14_costos/

Letter to US Embassy in Madrid, Ambassador Costos APR 2014https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/us_embassy_04-30-14_costos/



Letter to American Abroad Caucus, 2013https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/lobby_for_americans_living_abroad-2013/

Letter to Congressman Hoyer – Constituent Assistance Request 2013  – https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/cong_hoyer-2013/



Letter to White House, Pres. Obama MAR 2013https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/white_house_03-04-13_obama/

Letter to White House, Powers & Jarrett, MAR 2013 – https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/white_house_03-19-13_powers_jarrett/



Submission to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (2012)https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/un_com_status_of_women-2012/



Family Courts in Crisis Newsletter (FCC) https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/fcc_newsletters/



Crises tribunales de familiahttps://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/crises_en_tribunales_de_familia_ctf/

2-14 Corrupción judicial, violaciones de derechos humanos, y crimen organizadohttps://warondomesticterrorism.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/CTF-2-14-Judicial-Corruption-Human-Rights-Violations-Organized-Crime-SPA.pdf

1-14 Amnistía Internacional – Que justicia especializada –  https://warondomesticterrorism.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/CTF-1-14-Amnistia-Internacional-Que-justicia-especializada-SPA1.pdf

12-13 ONU -Violencia contra la mujer como una violación de derechos humanoshttps://warondomesticterrorism.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/CTF-12-13-Violence-Against-Women-as-a-Human-Rights-Violation-SPA.pdf

11-13 Save the Children – La justicia Española Frente al abuso sexual en el entorno familiarhttps://warondomesticterrorism.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/CTF-11-13-Save-the-Children-Espana-SPA.pdf

10-13 El nuevo traje del emporar –  https://warondomesticterrorism.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/CTF-10-13-The-Emperors-New-Clothes-SPA.pdf

7-13 Una llamada a la humanidad y justicia internacionalhttps://warondomesticterrorism.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/CTF-7-13-A-Call-to-Humanity-International-Justice-SPA.pdf


REPORTS (by Quenby Wilcox)


Report – Failure of Courts to Protect Child Victims of Sex Abusehttps://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/report-child_sex_abuse/

Report – Domestic Violence and Abuse in Our Societies and Court Systems – https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/report-domestic_violence/

Report – DV as Human Rights Violation, Duty to Protect & Due Diligence  – https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/report-dv_as_human_rights_violation_duty_to_protect/


Reporte  – Violencia de Género como un violación de derechos humanos, el obligación de proteger y debido diligencia – https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/report-violencia_de_genero/



Letter to Human Rights Orgs SEPT, 2013https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/human_rights_09-15-13_english/

Letter to Human Rights Orgs DEC, 2013 –  https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/human_rights_orgs_12-26-13_english/

Letter to Human Rights Orgs, JAN 2014 – https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/human_rights_orgs_01-26-14/

Letter to Hillary Clinton, MAY 2014https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/hillary_clinton_5-2014/

Letter to Women’s Rights Orgs, MAY 2014https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/womens_rights_orgs_5-2014/



Case work – Beth Schlesinger – https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/x_files_schlesinger/

Case work – Jannah Sims – https://warondomesticterrorism.com/category/x_files_sims/



Global Expats Presentation – Concept & Structurehttps://warondomesticterrorism.com/www-global-xpats-com/

[1] http://www.law.uchicago.edu/news/international-human-rights-clinic-appear-inter-american-commission-human-rights

[2] Delegado General de la Mujer – Asuntos Sociales, Fiscal y Igualdad, Fiscal de Sala Delegada – Coordinadora contra la Violencia sobre la Mujer, S. Cazorla Prieto, Delegada del Gobierno para la Violencia de Genero – Secretaría de Estado de Servicios Sociales e Igualdad, B. Hernández Oliver

[i] Gonzalez vs. España – CEDAW-UN