H.R. 6096 (110th): International Child Abduction Progress Reports Act

110th Congress, 2007–2009. Text as of May 20, 2008 (Introduced).

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110th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6096

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 20, 2008

(for himself, Mr. Chabot, Mr. Al Green of Texas, Mr. Gene Green of Texas, Mr. Kagen, Mr. Shimkus, Mr. Udall of Colorado, and Mr. Poe) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To require the Secretary of State to submit to Congress annual reports on the progress made by the United States in negotiating international agreements relating to international child abduction with countries that are not contracting parties to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the International Child Abduction Progress Reports Act.

2.

Reports relating to international child abduction

(a)

Report on progress in negotiating bilateral treaties with non-hague convention countries

The Secretary of State shall prepare and submit to the Congress an annual report on progress made by the United States in negotiating and entering into bilateral treaties (or other international agreements) relating to international child abduction with countries that are not contracting parties to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

(b)

Report on human rights practices

(1)

Section 116(d) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2151n(d)) is amended—

(A)

in paragraph (7), by striking “and” at the end and inserting a semicolon;

(B)

in paragraph (8), by striking the period at the end and inserting “; and”; and

(C)

by adding at the end the following:

(9)

the status of efforts in each country to prohibit international child abduction, including—

(A)

efforts to expedite the return of children to the country of their habitual residence; and

(B)

the extent to which the country respects the rights of custody and of access under the laws of other countries.

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(2)

Section 502B(b) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2304(b)) is amended by inserting after the sixth sentence the following: “Each report under this section shall include information on the status of efforts in each country to prohibit international child abduction, including efforts to expedite the return of children to the country of their habitual residence and the extent to which the country respects the rights of custody and of access under the laws of other countries.”.

(c)

Report on enforcement of section 1204 of title 18, united states code

The Attorney General, in consultation with the Secretary of State, shall prepare and submit to the Congress an annual report that contains a description of the status of each case involving a request during the preceding year for extradition to the United States of an individual alleged to have violated section 1204 of title 18, United States Code.

3.

Authorization of funds for extradition

There are authorized to be appropriated for each of fiscal years 2009 through 2012 such funds as may be necessary for the costs of extraditing individuals from foreign countries to the United States for violations of laws in the United States by reason of unlawfully removing a child from the child’s custodial parent.