More details regarding May 5 resolution and related events

May 4, 2010

Christopher Savoie will be appearing on the Today Show on the morning of May 5 to speak about the House of Representatives bill condemning Japan for the kidnapping of American children.  He also will appear on a Dateline segment at 7:00PM this Sunday, May 9, on NBC.

Below is a media advisory with details regarding the May 5 Congressional press conference:

For Immediate Release
May 3, 2010

Contact: Emily Blout (Moran) (w)202.225.4376/(c)202.494.2798; Jeff
Sagnip (Smith) 609.585.7878

—Media Advisory—
Moran, Smith to Unveil New Initiative on Child Abduction to Japan
Congress, Parents Point to Troubling Phenomenon

Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, Rep. Jim Moran, Democrat from
Northern Virginia, and Rep. Chris Smith, Republican from New Jersey,
will announce new steps to address the phenomenon of spousal abduction
of American children to Japan. Moran and Smith will be joined by other
Members of Congress, families of victims, and child custody experts to
shed light on this ongoing impasse with one of America’s closest

What:               Press conference on child abduction to Japan,
introduction of Congressional resolution

When:              Wednesday, May 5th at 1:30 pm

Where:             U.S. Capitol House Triangle (located on grassy
triangle on the House side of the Capitol’s East Front)

Who:                Reps. Jim Moran & Chris Smith, victims from
Northern Virginia and across the nation, experts on child abduction,
Members of Congress

Background:     Child abduction to Japan occurs when a child is taken
to Japan by one parent, usually a Japanese citizen, in contravention
of the custodial American parent’s wishes. At least 121 American
children are currently being held in Japan under these circumstances.
Nationwide, the State Department has recorded 277 cases since 1994.

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Emily Blout
Press Secretary
Office of Rep. Jim Moran (VA-08)
2239 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington D.C. 20515
Main: 202 225 4376
Cell: 202 494 2798

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