Serial No. 114-88: The Goldman Act to Return Abducted American Children: Assessing the Compliance Report and Required Action: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, June 11, 2015   [open pdf - 3MB]

This is the June 11, 2015 hearing on "The Goldman Act to Return Abducted American Children," held before the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations. From the opening statement of Christopher Smith: "Child abduction is child abuse and it continues to plague families across the United States. Every year an estimated 1,000 American children are unlawfully removed from their homes by one of their parents and taken across international borders. Less than half of these children ever come home. The problem is so consequential and the State Department's previous approach of quiet diplomacy was so inadequate that Congress unanimously passed the Goldman Act last year to give teeth to requests for return and for access. These actions increase in severity and range from official protest through diplomatic channels, to extradition, to the suspension of development, security, or other foreign assistance." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Karen Christensen, Henry Hand, Christopher Savoie, Edeanna Barbirou, Ravindra Parmar, and Preston Findlay.

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