This resolution sponsored by Senator Barbara Boxer condemns the international abduction of children and specifically mentions Japan several times.

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/sres543

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9/19/2012–Reported to Senate amended.
Condemns the international abduction of all children.
Urges countries identified by the Department of State as noncompliant or demonstrating patterns of noncompliance with the Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction to fulfill their commitment to implement the Convention. Calls on all countries:
(1) to become a party to the Convention and institute measures to address cases of international parental child abduction, and
(2) that have not become a party to the Convention to develop a mechanism for the resolution of cases of international parental child abduction that occur prior to becoming a party to the Convention. Expresses the sense of the Senate that the United States should:
(1) pursue the return of each child abducted by a parent from the United States to another country through all appropriate means, facilitate access by the left-behind parent if the child is not returned, and, where appropriate, seek the extradition of the abductor parent;
(2) take all appropriate measures to ensure that a child abducted to a Convention country is returned to the child’s country of habitual residence;
(3) use diplomacy to encourage other countries to become a party to the Convention and to encourage countries that have not become a party to the Convention to develop a mechanism to resolve cases of international child abduction that occur prior to becoming a party to the Convention; and
(4) review the advisory services made available to U.S. citizens by the Department of State, the Department of Justice (DOJ), and other U.S. government agencies to improve the prevention of such child abduction from the United States, and to ensure that effective assistance is provided to U.S. citizen parents of such abducted children.
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Thanks to Jeffery Morehouse and Randy Collins of BACHome for their hard work on this.  They have contacted all 85 Senate offices that have not yet co-sponsored Senate Resolution 543 and are continuing to follow up with them, and they need your help with this effort.  Please contact senators you are constituents of and ask them to co-sponsor and support this legislation.
The following is a link to the bachome.org site with contact information for the Senate offices, and we have also republished it below for your immediate reference.

Contact Your Senator About Intl. Child Abduction

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

In 2011 at least 1367 American children were abducted by a parent to a foreign country. Most will never have a chance to come home to their families and communities in the U.S.

You can help today by emailing your U.S. Senator(s) and urging them to co-sponsor Senate Resolution 543  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112sres543is/pdf/BILLS-112sres543is.pdf

Here’s how:

1) Use the chart below to find your Senator(s)

2) If they haven’t already co-sponsored, click the email link to their staff member

3) Email them* (Optionally you can call)

4) Ask your friends and family to do the same by sending them this link.

With your commitment to help we can create change to protect families in the future and help bring abducted children home now.

______________________________________________________________________________________

*HERE IS THE SUGGESTED EMAIL

Subject Line: S. Res 543- International Parental Child Abduction

I am a registered voter and a constituent. I would like the Senator to co-sponsor Senate Resolution 543

because American children need to be protected. In 2011 alone, at least 1367 American children were abducted by a parent to a foreign country.

Sincerely Yours,

[First & Last Name]

[City, State]

______________________________________________________________________________________

URGENT: The Deadline to Contact Your Senator(s) to Co-Sponsor S. Res 543 is in 16 days, 9 hours, 45 minutes

SENATOR INFO              STAFF MEMBER INFO
First Last Name State First Last e-mail address Phone            (202 Area Code) S. Res. 543                      Co-sponsor Status
Mark Begich AK David Ramseur david_ramseur@begich.senate.gov 224-3004
Lisa Murkowski AK Nathan Bergerbest nathan_bergerbest@murkowski.senate.gov 224-6665
Richard Shelby AL Kevin Kane kevin_kane@shelby.senate.gov 224-5744
John Boozman AR Toni-Marie Higgins toni-marie_higgins@boozman.senate.gov 224-4843
Mark Pryor AR Sarah Holland sarah_holland@pryor.senate.gov 224-2353
Jon Kyl AZ Tim Morrison tim_morrison@kyl.senate.gov 224-4521
John McCain AZ Elizabeth Lopez elizabeth_lopez@mccain.senate.gov 224-2235
Barbara Boxer CA Ariana Reks ariana_reks@boxer.senate.gov 224-3553 Sponsor
Diane Feinstein CA Richard Harper richard_harper@feinstein.senate.gov 224-3841 Co-sponsor
Michael Bennet CO Sergio Gonzales sergio_gonzales@bennet.senate.gov 224-5852
Mark Udall CO Casey Howard casey_howard@markudall.senate.gov 224-5941
Richard Blumenthal CT Ethan Saxon ethan_saxon@blumenthal.senate.gov 224-2823
Joe Lieberman CT ? ? ? 224-4041
Thomas Carper DE Olivia Hayden olivia_hayden@carper.senate.gov 224-2441
Christopher Coons DE Halie Soifer halie_soifer@coons.senate.gov 224-5042
Bill Nelson FL Marin Stein marin_stein@billnelson.senate.gov 224-5274
Marco Rubio FL Victor Cervino victor_cervino@rubio.senate.gov 224-3041 Co-sponsor
Saxby Chambliss GA Brandon Bell brandon_bell@chambliss.senate.gov 224-3521
Johnny Isakson GA Chris Sullivan chris_sullivan@isakson.senate.gov 224-3643
Daniel Akaka HI Nick Ikeda nick_ikeda@akaka.senate.gov 224-6361
Daniel Inouye HI Mary Yoshioka mary_yoshioka@inouye.senate.gov 224-3934
Chuck Grassley IA Kurt Kovarik kurt_kovarik@grassley.senate.gov 224-3744
Tom Harkin IA Rosemary Gutierrez rosemary_gutierrez@harkin.senate.gov 224-3254
Mike Crapo ID Ken Flanz ken_flanz@crapo.senate.gov 224-6142
James Risch ID Chris Socha chris_socha@risch.senate.gov 224-2752
Richard Durbin IL Ms. Erum Ibrahim erum_ibrahim@durbin.senate.gov 224-2152
Mark Kirk IL Gretchen Blum gretchen_blum@kirk.senate.gov 224-2854 Co-sponsor
Daniel Coats IN Terry Snell terry_snell@coats.senate.gov 224-5623
Richard Lugar* IN Keith Luse keith_luse@lugar.senate.gov 224-4814 Co-sponsor
Jerry Moran KS Jason Wiens jason_wiens@moran.senate.gov 224-6521
Pat Roberts KS Theda Owens theda_owens@roberts.senate.gov 224-4774
Mitch McConnell KY Reb Brownell reb_brownell@mcconnell.senate.gov 224-2541
Rand Paul KY Brandon Brooker brandon_brooker@HSGAC.senate.gov 224-4343
Mary Landrieu LA Libby Whitbeck libby_whitbeck@landrieu.senate.gov 224-5824 Co-sponsor
David Vitter LA Josh Hodges josh_hodges@vitter.senate.gov 224-4623
Scott Brown MA William Wright william_wright@scottbrown.senate.gov 224-4543
John Kerry** MA Jeremy D’Aliosio jeremy_d’aloisio@kerry.senate.gov 224-2742 Co-sponsor
Benjamin Cardin MD Katharine Beamer katharine_beamer@cardin.senate.gov 224-4524 Co-sponsor
Barbara Mikulski MD Erin Neill erin_neill@mikulski.senate.gov 224-4654 Co-sponsor
Susan Collins ME Peter Halvorsen peter_halvorsen@collins.senate.gov 224-2523
Olympia Snowe ME Don Green don_green@snowe.senate.gov 224-5344
Carl Levin MI Michael Kuiken michael_kuiken@armed-services.senate.com 224-6221
Debbie Stabenow MI Doug Messana doug_messana@stabenow.senate.gov 224-4822
Al Franken MN Jeff Lomonaco jeff_lomonaco@franken.senate.gov 224-5641
Amy Klobuchar MN Marian Grove marian_grove@klobuchar.senate.gov 224-3244
Roy Blunt MO Brian Diffell brian_diffell@blunt.senate.gov 224-5721
Claire McCaskill MO Jason Rauch jason_rauch@mccaskill.senate.gov 224-6154
Thad Cochran MS Will Todd will_todd@cochran.senate.gov 224-5054
Roger Wicker MS Sarah Drake sarah_drake@wicker.senate.gov 224-6253
Max Baucus MT Brittany Beaulieu brittany_beaulieu@baucus.senate.gov 224-2651
Jon Tester MT Tony McClain tony_mcclain@tester.senate.gov 224-2644
Richard Burr NC Cynthia Ramos cynthia_ramos@burr.senate.gov 224-3154
Kay Hagan NC Rikkia Ramsey rikkia_ramsey@hagan.senate.gov 224-6342
Kent Conrad ND Nathaniel Luvtosky nathaniel_luvtosky@conrad.senate.gov 224-2043
John Hoeven ND Josh Carter josh_carter@hoeven.senate.gov 224-2551
Mike Johanns NE Erin Jeffery erin_jeffery@johanns.senate.gov 224-4224
Ben Nelson NE Ryan Ehly ryan_ehly@bennelson.senate.gov 224-6551
Kelly Ayotte NH Brad Bowman brad_bowman@ayotte.senate.gov 224-3324
Jeanne Shaheen NH Joel Colony joel_colony@shaheen.senate.gov 224-2841
Frank Lautenberg NJ Allison Peters allinson_peters@lautenberg.senate.gov 224-3224 Co-sponsor
Robert Menendez NJ Ryan Sellinger ryan_sellinger@menendez.senate.gov 224-4744
Jeff Bingaman NM Jeffry Phan jeffry_phan@bingaman.senate.gov 224-5521
Tom Udall NM Matthew Padilla matthew_padilla@tomudall.senate.gov 224-6621
Dean Heller NV Josh Finestone josh_finestone@heller.senate.gov 224-6244
Harry Reid NV Jessica Lewis jessica_lewis@reid.senate.gov 224-3542
Kirsten Gillibrand NY Elena Broitman elena_broitman@gillibrand.senate.gov 224-4451 Co-sponsor
Chuck Schumer NY Erin Vaughn erin_vaughn@schumer.senate.gov 224-6542
Sherrod Brown OH Doug Babcock doug_babcock@brown.senate.gov 224-2315
Rob Portman OH Brent Bombach brent_bombach@portman.senate.gov 224-3353
Tom Coburn OK Jeremy Hayes jeremy_hayes@coburn.senate.gov 224-5754
James Inhofe OK Joel Starr joel_starr@inhofe.senate.gov 224-4721 Co-sponsor
Jeff Merkley OR Will White will_white@merkley.senate.gov 224-3753 Co-sponsor
Ron Wyden OR Isaiah Akin isaiah_akin@wyden.senate.gov 224-5244
Robert Casey PA Damian Murphy damian_murphy@casey.senate.gov 224-6324
Patrick Toomey PA Dan Adelstein dan_adelstein@toomey.senate.gov 224-4254
Jack Reed RI Carolyn Chuhta carolyn_chuhta@reed.senate.gov 224-4642
Sheldon Whitehouse RI Ben Weiner ben_weiner@whitehouse.senate.gov 224-2921
Jim DeMint SC Robert Moore robert_moore@demint.senate.gov 224-6121
Lindsey Graham SC Matt Rimkunas matt_rimkunas@graham.senate.gov 224-5972
Tim Johnson SD Karen Kunze karen_kunze@johnson.senate.gov 224-5842
John Thune SD Jason VanBeek jason_vanbeek@thune.senate.gov 224-2321
Lamar Alexander TN Erin Reif erin_reif@alexander.senate.gov 224-4944
Bob Corker TN Stacie Oliver stacie_oliver@corker.senate.gov 224-3344
John Cornyn TX E. Grace Smitham grace_smitham@cornyn.senate.gov 224-2934
Kay Bailey Hutchison TX Coalter Baker coalter_baker@hutchison.senate.gov 224-5922
Orrin Hatch UT William Castle william_castle@hatch.senate.gov 224-5251
Mike Lee UT Miriam Harmer miriam_harmer@lee.senate.gov 224-5444
Mark Warner VA Manica Noziglia manica_noziglia@warner.senate.gov 224-2023
Jim Webb VA Marta McLellanRoss marta_mclellanross@webb.senate.gov 224-4024
Patrick Leahy VT Tim Rieser tim_rieser@leahy.senate.gov 224-4242 Co-sponsor
Bernard Sanders VT Huck Gutman huck_gutman@sanders.senate.gov 224-5141
Maria Cantwell WA Spencer Launer spencer_launer@cantwell.senate.gov 224-3441
Patty Murray WA Lauren Renee Overman lauren_overman@murray.senate.gov 224-4607 Co-sponsor
Ron Johnson WI Alan Elias alan_elias@ronjohnson.senate.gov 224-5323
Herb Kohl WI Harry Stein harry_stein@kohl.senate.gov 224-5653
Joe Manchin WV Mr. Lee Garton lee_garton@manchin.senate.gov 224-3954
John Rockefeller WV Nate Adler nate_adler@rockefeller.senate.gov 224-6472
John Barrasso WY Amber Bland amber_bland@barrasso.senate.gov 224-6441
Michael Enzi WY Wendy Gnehm wendy_gnehm@enzi.senate.gov 224-3424

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