The International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act (ICAPRA), passed into law in 2014, contains provisions that increase the Department’s annual reporting requirements and calls on the Department to initiate bilateral arrangements, as appropriate, with countries with which we have not partnered under the Hague Abduction Convention.
The statistics that will be included under the new reporting requirements will inform Congress about Department efforts utilizing statistics that are not available in the current report. The law also requires actions by the Secretary of State in response to patterns of noncompliance in cases of international child abductions.
Prior to 2015, as formerly required under 42 U.S.C § 11611, the Department published an annual report on countries that did not comply with their treaty obligations under the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Parental Child Abduction (“Convention”). This “compliance report” identified countries that were “Not Compliant with the Convention” and countries that showed “Patterns of Noncompliance with the Convention”. The report listed cases that remained open and active for 18 months or more after the Convention application was filed. The report also listed countries with Convention enforcement concerns.
2014 Compliance Report
Office of Children's Issues at the U.S. Department of State
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