The Department of State on May 21 provided members of Congress with its 2010 Report on Compliance with the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.
The annual report, now in its eleventh year, lists countries considered “not compliant” or “demonstrating patterns of noncompliance” with the Convention. As required by the legislation, the report details unresolved cases brought under the Convention, and it explains the Department of State’s efforts to expand and strengthen the Convention. For the first time, the report also describes the performance of the U. S. Central Authority in implementing the Convention within the United States. The Office of Children’s Issues assumed this responsibility from the International Division of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in April 2008.
During Fiscal Year 2009, the Office of Children’s Issues of the Department of State experienced a significant increase in the number of reported international parental child abduction cases. Each of these cases is a tragedy that has long-term consequences for the children and the left-behind parents involved. The Convention provides a civil mechanism for many parents who seek the return of their children, offering hope at a time when a family has been torn apart.
To date, the United States partners with 68 other countries under the Convention. The report can be found online at travel.state.gov/childabduction