ERIC Number: ED234911
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
Implementation of the Parental Kidnaping Prevention Act of 1980. Oversight Hearing before the Subcommittee on Crime of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, Ninety-Seventh Congress, First Session (September 24, 1981).
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on the Judiciary.
This hearing was convened to inquire into the Department of Justice's compliance with the intent of Congress as expressed in section 10 of the Parental Kidnaping Prevention Act of 1980. The primary purpose of section 10(a) of the act was to involve federal authorities in helping state law enforcement agencies locate and apprehend abductor parents. It had been a longstanding policy of the Justice Department to avoid involving federal law enforcement authorities in domestic relations disputes, including parental abduction cases. In response to the act, the Justice Department began to intervene (1) when a violation of the Fugitive Felon Act had probably occurred; (2) when the victim child was in physical danger, abused, or neglected; and (3) when the Criminal Division had authorized filing a fugitive felon complaint. Much of the testimony presented to the subcommittee focused on the difficulties victim parents had in obtaining assistance from federal agents after children had been abducted. Included in the report is testimony from a panel of prosecutors who discussed particular cases of interstate and international parental kidnaping and described the nature of the cooperation received from the Department of Justice. A report of a survey of state and federal child abduction and restraint laws, circa 1981, is appended. (RH)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on the Judiciary.