Fulfilling Our Treaty Obligations and Protecting Americans Abroad, Hearing Before the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, July 27, 2011   [open pdf - 8MB]

From the opening statement of Patrick J. Leahy: "Today we are going to hear testimony about legislation I introduced last month, legislation with the support of the Department of Justice, the Department of State, and the Department of Homeland Security, to help bring the United States into compliance with its obligations under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. This is a treaty made under the authority of the United States. Of course, a treaty that we enter into carries the force of law in our country. […] Each year, thousands of Americans--including from every State represented by this Committee--are arrested overseas while they study, travel, work, and serve in the military. Like many other Senators, I have gotten those calls at 2 o'clock in the morning or 3 o'clock in the morning from an anxious family member saying their husband, wife, son, daughter, brother, or sister have been arrested in--naming the country--'What can we do?' Well, I tell them their well-being often depends on the ability of United States consular officials to meet with them, monitor their treatment, help them obtain legal assistance, and connect them to family back home." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Chuck Grassley, Patrick J. Leahy, John B. Bellinger III, Clare Gillis, Patrick F. Kennedy, David B. Rivkin, Jr., Bruce C. Swartz, Hillary Rodham Clinton,Lindsey O. Graham, Leon Panetta, Scott E. Pruitt, and Luther Strange.

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S. Hrg. 112-148; Senate Hearing 112-148; Serial No. J-112-37
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