• The surrender of passports for both parents and of the minor child or children.
• Restraint from applying for a new or replacement passport for the minor child or children if either party has strong familial, emotional, or cultural ties to another country, including foreign or dual citizenship.
• If the court becomes aware of facts that shows a risk of abduction, history of concealing the child, enticing, abuse, quitting of a job, closing bank accounts, liquidating or hiding assets, applying for birth certificates or school records, the court can take preventative measures including, but not limited to, supervised visitation and a posting of a bond in an amount sufficient to offset the cost of recovery of the abducted child.
• When the court determines a risk of abduction, the name of a parent and the child, if applicable, will be entered in the Prevent Departure Program of the United States Department of Homeland Security and the Children’s Passport Issuance Alert program of United States Department of State or any similar federal program designed to prevent unauthorized departures to foreign countries.
• If a protective custody warrant for an abducted child is issued, the court will be authorized to freeze the California assets of the party alleged to be in possession of the child.
Senator Walters introduced SB 1206, on February 22, 2012 to amend Sections 2040, 3048, and 3134.5 of the Family Code, relating to child abduction prevention. The Senator has requested that it be named “Keisuke’s Law” upon passage after Mr. Collins’ son, Keisuke Christian Collins, who was abducted by his mother to Japan in June 2008. The anticipated passage of Keisuke’s Law will hopefully serve as a blueprint for other states to strengthen its laws to protect American children and parents from the ever-growing epidemic of International Parental Abduction.
Bring Abducted Children Home (BAC Home) is dedicated to the immediate return of internationally abducted children being wrongfully detained in Japan. We also strive to end Japan’s human rights violation of denying children unfettered access to both parents.