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"The world is seeing nobody can just take a child away from you."--embattled Cuban father Rafael Izquierdo (pictured) Embattled Cuban father Rafael Izquierdo has publicly said very little during his long struggle to get his daughter back from the Florida Department of Children & Families, but what he said yesterday spoke volumes. In the outrageous "Elian Gonzalez II" case in Miami, Izquierdo, who a Florida court found to be a fit, committed father, is fighting DCF's long, expensive, and highly-publicized effort to keep his five-year-old daughter in foster care. This week, Fathers & Families and I launched a campaign in defense of Izquierdo, and Florida officials have received thousands of letters, faxes, and calls from our supporters. To email and fax the relevant Florida DCF officials, click here. The Orlando Sentinel and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in Ft. Lauderdale/Miami cite our campaign in their new article DCF files appeal in case of Cuban girl, 5 (10/17/07). The author, Maya Bell, can be reached at [email protected]. To learn more about the "Elian Gonzalez II" case, visit our campaign page here.

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