Randy Collins Testifies To Congress
On July 16, 2015 Bring Abducted Children Home Managing Director Randy Collins testified to Congress on his case and the ongoing kidnapping crisis with Japan. "Quite frankly, State’s actions, or this case inaction, speak so loudly we can’t hear what they’re saying. I’d like this committee to insist that OCI and the State Department be far more transparent with Congress and with victimized parents. We deserve answers. Simply telling this committee that they are raising our cases means nothing. What are they saying? Who are they saying it to? What are the answers they are receiving? Are they demanding the return of our children or simply begging? Do they drop the issue just because Japan tells them it’s too difficult to return our kidnapped children? We have suffered years of secrecy from State regarding our abducted children. It’s the perfect definition of insanity, doing the same things over and over again but expecting a different result. The results haven’t changed in my seven years. We are still no closer to seeing our children today than we were before Japan joined The Hague Abduction Convention," said Collins whose son, Keisuke Collins, was kidnapped by his ex-wife to Japan in June 2008.
As with most parents of internationally kidnapped children, his case has been draining."The physical and emotional toll this has taken on me, my family, and my friends is harder than you could ever imagine. The only ones who understand what we go through every single day are other parents of kidnapped children. I’ve sent birthday and Christmas cards for years only to have them returned unopened. I’ve missed his first day of school, the loss of his first tooth, first time riding his bike, and numerous other things. I’ve missed them all. I dream of what he looks like today. I haven’t seen him since he was five."
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