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Senate Passes Child Abduction Bill

On July 16, the Senate approved, by unanimous consent, the Sean and David Goldman International Child Abduction and Return Act, as amended (H.R. 3212). The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the legislation on June 24, and the House approved the legislation on December 11 (see The Source, 12/13/13).

The bill would direct the secretary of State to report annually on the number of international child abductions. In order to help resolve cases of international child abduction, the measure would require the State Department to enter memoranda of understanding (MOU) with every country that is not party to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. The bill also would direct the president to take diplomatic action against countries that fail to cooperate in such cases.

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