171 Abducted American Children Held in JapanSmith Calls on Obama Administration to Dramatically Alter Strategy Regarding âLeft Behind Parentsâ
âAll of us of course want Japan to sign the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction,â Smith said. âBut, as you know, that treaty will not solve the current cases. What is the Administrationâs plan to resolve the current cases?â Smith asked.
Smith, who supports the signing of the treaty, pointed out that the treaty and a separate memorandum of understanding resolving current cases must be equally supported and achieved. He argues that the U.S. government has a duty not only to future Americans who would benefit from the Hague Convention, but âwe have a duty to the current American children and American parents who suffer daily, deprived of each othersâ love and support,â he said.
Smith, having just returned from a human rights mission to Japan, said that country has become a destination countryâa havenâfor international child abduction.