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May 16, 2018 – In a recent article, Florida Today profiled Michelle Littleton, a mother whose children were abducted to Lebanon by their father last year. The “Goldman Act,” authored by Rep. Chris Smith, “gives more teeth to requests for the return of abducted children,” reported Florida Today.

“Congress in 2014 unanimously passed the Goldman Act, named after Sean Goldman, who was returned to his father in 2008 five years after his mother took him to Brazil. The law gives more teeth to requests for the return of abducted children, including withdrawing financial assistance to a country, but enforcement has been lax. The issue was subject of April hearings in the U.S. House and Senate where lawmakers pressed State Department officials for more action,” reported Florida Today.

Nearly 11,000 children were unlawfully removed from their country of residence by one of their parents between 2008 and 2017, according to the office of New Jersey U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, who sponsored the Goldman Act. Only 16 percent of open child abduction cases in 2016 were resolved with the child being returned to the U.S., according to the State Department

Read the full article here.