There is no question that international child abduction associated with Dual Citizenship and Two Passports presents a great challenge to many families targeted for abduction. And as summer approaches, there is a higher threat of abduction, as the Summer School Break Is Known As International Parental Child Abduction Season.
This said, I wanted to take some time, particularly for those of you living here in California who are at risk of having a child abducted abroad, and share some additional information that may be of help.
Now, in the past, I have shared information concerning the Prevent Departure Program, and concerns associated with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, as well as concern over Dual Passports, amongst many items.
Today, I would like to share with you a very important abduction prevention tool that went into effect on January 1st, 2013 known as the Keisuke Law
On August 23rd, 2012, SB 1206, also known as Keisuke’s (Case-K’s) Law was passed by California legislators. The bill, drafted by Randy Collins of BAC HOME and sponsored by Senator Mimi Walters (R - Irvine) is intended to prevent parents in a custody dispute from applying for new or replacement passports for their children without consent from the other parent. It was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on September 7th, 2012, and has now been in effect since January 1st, 2013.
In addition, the measure would allow the District Attorney to order a freeze on the California assets of an individual who is alleged to have abducted a child.
The work and dedication of Mr. Collins and all who have helped this bill become law, exemplifies the ability of individuals to make great change. One voice does matter, as demonstrated by Mr. Collins. I speak for all within the I CARE Foundation family when I say, "Thank you."
With Japan apparenatly on the precipe of becoming a member of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, it is important to acknowledge that perhaps activism such as Mr. Collins and the passage of the Keisuke Law helped in some very important way send a message to Japan's Diet that abduction should not, will not be tolerated any longer.
So if you're in California, and you believe there is a child at-risk of abduction, please read the Keisuke Law, and make sure you contact a lawyer who is familiar with international child abduction prevention.
Remember, during the summer school vacation, international child abduction occurs often.With it, there are many risk factors and warning signs concerning international child abduction parents need to be concerned with.
Here's the law as signed by Governor Jerry Brown.
Kindest regards to all -
Peter Thomas Senese
|Senate Bill No. 1206|