Dear Mr. Gourvitz,

With Thanksgiving just days away, we take this opportunity to express our gratitude to you for participating in the Hague Convention Attorney Network!  You are part of a truly generous nationwide all-volunteer network that has made the Hague Convention remedy an affordable reality for hundreds of parents in Treaty-partner countries.   It cannot be said often enough: THANK YOU!    

Hague Convention Attorney Network NEWS

The International Child Abduction Remedies Act (“ICARA”), formerly codified at 42 U.S.C. §§ 11601 – 11610, is now codified at
22 U.S.C. §§ 9001 – 9011.
•    Click here for a section-by-section breakdown of the transfer of ICARA code sections from Title 42 to Title 22.  
•    Click here for the complete text of ICARA.

The International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act of 2014 (22 U.S.C. § 9101 et seq.), enacted in August, provides a new tool to prevent abductions from the United States.  The law requires Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to establish a program to prevent a child from departing the United States “if a parent or legal guardian of such child presents a court order from a court of competent jurisdiction prohibiting the removal of such child from the United States to a CBP Officer in sufficient time to prevent such departure for the duration of such court order.”   
•    Click here for the text of the Act.  Scroll to Title III, § 433.   
•    For more information about the new ‘Operation Prevent Depart’ program, or assistance preventing an abduction, contact the Office of Children’s Issues Prevention Branch:  PreventAbduction@state.gov and 1-888-407-4747.  

All best wishes for the season,    

Patricia M. Hoff                                                 Timothy R. Starkweather                             Justina Towns
Legal Assistance Coordinator*                    Special Assistant*                                           Special Assistant*

United States Department of State ~ Bureau of Consular Affairs
U.S.  Central Authority for the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction

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