NEWARK, NJ - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today applauded final passage of the Sean and David Goldman International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act he co-authored with U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) and Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) to address the growing problem of international parental child abduction. The bill, which passed the Senate earlier this month, was passed by the House today and now heads to the President's desk.
"Passing this legislation will focus attention on this heart-breaking issue, assist parents in bringing abducted children home where they legally and rightfully belong, and bolster prevention so that children are less likely to be abducted in the first place," said Sen. Menendez. "It was New Jersey native David Goldman's extraordinary five-year battle to bring his son, Sean, home from Brazil that highlighted for me the horrendous problem of international parental child abduction. As a parent, I cannot imagine the emotional toll of having a child abducted and taken abroad and feeling helpless to get your son or daughter back. I look forward to the President's signature on this bill."
The Senate-passed bill strengthened, streamlined, and added important prevention measures to H.R. 3212, which the House passed in December 2013.
The Sean and David Goldman International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act includes the following components:
On February 27, Sens. Menendez and Corker chaired a hearing on international parental childhood abduction.