Sean and David Goldman International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act will be marked up on Tuesday by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Washington, DC – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Ranking Member Bob Corker (R-TN) today introduced the Sean and David Goldman International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act to better address the growing problem of international parental child abduction.
“It was New Jersey native David Goldman’s extraordinary five-year battle to bring his son, Sean, home from Brazil that highlighted for me the horrendous problem of international parental child abduction,” said Senator Menendez. “As a parent, I cannot imagine the emotional toll of having a child abducted and taken abroad and feeling helpless to get your son or daughter back. Passing this legislation will go a long way towards assisting parents in bringing abducted children home where they legally and rightfully belong while bolstering prevention options so that children are less likely to be abducted in the first place.”
“Nothing could be more traumatic for a parent than having a child taken from them to another country never to return. Our legislation begins to address this problem on two fronts: first, by seeking to prevent abductions through better coordination at all levels of law enforcement, and second by helping to ensure the State Department uses all appropriate tools to secure the safe return of children who have been torn apart from a parent,” said Senator Corker.
The Senators’ bill strengthens, streamlines, and adds important prevention measures to H.R. 3212, which the House passed in December 2013. It bolsters U.S. policy regarding international parental child abduction and access cases in both Hague Abduction Convention and non-Convention countries. The bill addresses the diverse needs of left-behind parents and families by bringing greater transparency to the process and making additional resources available to assist them. The legislation also requires the U.S. government to establish a specific program to prevent abductions before they occur.
The Sean and David Goldman International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act include the following components:
On February 27, Sens. Menendez and Corker chaired a hearing on international parental childhood abduction.