Committee on International Relations
U.S. House of Representatives
Henry J. Hyde, Chairman

CONTACT: Sam Stratman, (202) 226-7875, June 21, 2004

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Hyde Schedules Tuesday Full Committee Hearing
International Child Abductions & Related Legislation

BACKGROUND: According to the State Department, more than 16,000 children were abducted in the United States and taken abroad in the last two decades.  Last month, a bipartisan Congressional coalition introduced legislation, the “International Assistance to Missing and Exploited Children Act of 2004,” to address this tragedy.  The legislation  creates a national registry of child custody orders to provide law enforcement and the courts with access to information needed to determine appropriate jurisdiction; authorizes law enforcement to take temporary custody of any child found who is listed on the National Crime Information Center’s missing person file; requires an annual report to Congress by the Secretary of State and the Attorney General on federal parental kidnapping investigations, prosecutions and extraditions to the United States; amends the  IRS disclosure statute allowing the sharing of taxpayer identification location information with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the State Department for the specific purpose of solving missing and exploited child cases; and provides a Sense of the Congress resolution expressing support for increasing the U.S. contribution to the budget of the Permanent Bureau of the Hague, which will improve tools to address the problem of international child abductions.

Full Committee Hearing: 
A Parent’s Worst Nightmare:  The Heartbreak of International Child Abductions

2:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 22, 2004

:  Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

The Honorable Maura Harty, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State; The Honorable Daniel J. Bryant, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Policy, U.S. Department of Justice; Mr. John Walsh, Television Host of America’s Most Wanted and Co-founder of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; Mr. Tom Sylvester, Parent of abducted child Carina Sylvester; and The Honorable Dennis DeConcini, Chairman of the Board of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

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