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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More on Keisuke’s Law

August 23, 2012

NBC interview with Randy Collins:

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/video/#!/on-air/as-seen-on/OC-Father-Champions-Bill-to-Prevent-Parental-Abductions/167124775

Press Releases from Senator Mimi Walters:

Legislature Sends Two of Senator Walters’ Bills to Governor

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Contact: Everett Rice @ (916) 651-4033

SACRAMENTO — Today, two bills authored by Senator Mimi Walters (R-Irvine), SB 1206 and SB 1174, were approved unanimously by the Legislature and now make their way to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk.

SB 1206, also known as Keisuke’s (Case-K’s) Law, would prevent parents in a custody dispute from applying for new or replacement passports for their children without consent from the other parent.  In addition, the measure would allow the District Attorney to order a freeze on the California assets of an individual who is alleged to have abducted a child.

This bill was introduced at the request of a constituent, whose son, Keisuke, was abducted to Japan from Orange County in June 2008 and has not been returned.  Since his son’s abduction Randy Collins has committed his life to deterring future child abductions.  SB 1206 was approved by the State Senate on a 37-0 vote.

The California Senate also approved SB 1174 on a 36-0 vote.  The measure would allow 56-foot motorsports trailers to operate within California.  Currently, California is the only state that does not allow these vehicles to drive within its borders.  This prohibition has created a disincentive for racing organizations and teams to attend events held at California race tracks.  SB 1174 removes a needless barrier to transporting racing vehicles and team equipment in California.  As a result, the bill will enhance local economies by encouraging NASCAR and NHRA teams to continue bringing their cars to California and participating in local racing events.

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Keisuke’s Law has been unanimously passed in the California legislature.  The news is started to be noted in the Japanese media.  Hopefully this legislation will become an important tool in helping prevent future child abductions to Japan:

http://www.47news.jp/news/2012/08/post_20120821140001.html#fb-root

The California State Appropriations Committee has unanimously passed SB 1206 “Keisuke’s Law” 17-0. Now it is on to the full assembly for a vote. Keisuke’s Law has unanimously passed every committee so far (Senate Judiciary 5-0; State Senate 37-0; Assembly Judiciary 9-0; State Appropriations 17-0). Once it passes the state assembly it will go to Governor Brown for signature and protect children from being illegally abducted out of the country from California. Randy Collins, whose son Keisuke the law is named after, is largely responsible for getting this legislation off the ground and through the California state legislature.
 
Link and bill text:
 
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/sen/sb_1201-1250/sb_1206_bill_20120806_amended_asm_v95.html
 
 
BILL NUMBER: SB 1206 AMENDEDBILL TEXT

AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY AUGUST 6, 2012

AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY JULY 2, 2012

AMENDED IN SENATE MAY 1, 2012

AMENDED IN SENATE APRIL 12, 2012

INTRODUCED BY Senator Walters

FEBRUARY 22, 2012

An act to amend Sections 2040 and 3134.5 of the Family Code,

relating to child abduction prevention.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

SB 1206, as amended, Walters. Child abduction prevention.

(1) Existing law requires, upon the commencement of proceedings

for dissolution or nullity of marriage or legal separation of the

parties, that the summons contain a temporary restraining order

restraining both parties from, among other things, removing the minor

child or children of the parties, if any, from the state without the

prior written consent of the other party or an order of the court.

This bill would, additionally, provide that the temporary

restraining order restrain the parties from applying for a new or

replacement passport for the minor child or children of the parties

without the prior written consent of the other party or an order of

the court.

(2) Existing law authorizes the court, upon request of the

district attorney, to issue a protective custody warrant to secure

the recovery of an unlawfully detained or concealed child. The

protective custody warrant for the child is required to contain an

order that the arresting agency shall place the child in protective

custody, or return the child as directed by the court.

This bill would authorize the court to also include within the

protective custody warrant for the child an order to freeze the

California assets, as defined, of the party alleged to be in

possession of the child. The bill would provide that, upon noticed

motion, any order to freeze assets pursuant to these provisions may

be terminated, modified, or vacated by the court upon a finding that

the release of the assets will not jeopardize the safety or best

interest of the child. The bill would also require that if an asset

freeze order is entered pursuant to these provisions, and the court

subsequently dismisses the protective custody warrant for the child,

notice of the dismissal be immediately served on specified entities.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes.

State-mandated local program: no.

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

SECTION 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as Keisuke’s

Law.

SEC. 2. Section 2040 of the Family Code is amended to read:

2040. (a) In addition to the contents required by Section 412.20

of the Code of Civil Procedure, the summons shall contain a temporary

restraining order:

(1) Restraining both parties from removing the minor child or

children of the parties, if any, from the state, or from applying for

a new or replacement passport for the minor child or children,

without the prior written consent of the other party or an order of

the court.

(2) Restraining both parties from transferring, encumbering,

hypothecating, concealing, or in any way disposing of any property,

real or personal, whether community, quasi-community, or separate,

without the written consent of the other party or an order of the

court, except in the usual course of business or for the necessities

of life, and requiring each party to notify the other party of any

proposed extraordinary expenditures at least five business days

before incurring those expenditures and to account to the court for

all extraordinary expenditures made after service of the summons on

that party.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing in the restraining order

shall preclude a party from using community property, quasi-community

property, or the party’s own separate property to pay reasonable

attorney’s fees and costs in order to retain legal counsel in the

proceeding. A party who uses community property or quasi-community

property to pay his or her attorney’s retainer for fees and costs

under this provision shall account to the community for the use of

the property. A party who uses other property that is subsequently

determined to be the separate property of the other party to pay his

or her attorney’s retainer for fees and costs under this provision

shall account to the other party for the use of the property.

(3) Restraining both parties from cashing, borrowing against,

canceling, transferring, disposing of, or changing the beneficiaries

of any insurance or other coverage, including life, health,

automobile, and disability, held for the benefit of the parties and

their child or children for whom support may be ordered.

(4) Restraining both parties from creating a nonprobate transfer

or modifying a nonprobate transfer in a manner that affects the

disposition of property subject to the transfer, without the written

consent of the other party or an order of the court.

(b) Nothing in this section restrains any of the following:

(1) Creation, modification, or revocation of a will.

(2) Revocation of a nonprobate transfer, including a revocable

trust, pursuant to the instrument, provided that notice of the change

is filed and served on the other party before the change takes

effect.

(3) Elimination of a right of survivorship to property, provided

that notice of the change is filed and served on the other party

before the change takes effect.

(4) Creation of an unfunded revocable or irrevocable trust.

(5) Execution and filing of a disclaimer pursuant to Part 8

(commencing with Section 260) of Division 2 of the Probate Code.

(c) In all actions filed on and after January 1, 1995, the summons

shall contain the following notice:

“WARNING: California law provides that, for purposes of division

of property upon dissolution of marriage or legal separation,

property acquired by the parties during marriage in joint form is

presumed to be community property. If either party to this action

should die before the jointly held community property is divided, the

language of how title is held in the deed (i.e., joint tenancy,

tenants in common, or community property) will be controlling and not

the community property presumption. You should consult your attorney

if you want the community property presumption to be written into

the recorded title to the property.”

(d) For the purposes of this section:

(1) “Nonprobate transfer” means an instrument, other than a will,

that makes a transfer of property on death, including a revocable

trust, pay on death account in a financial institution, Totten trust,

transfer on death registration of personal property, or other

instrument of a type described in Section 5000 of the Probate Code.

(2) “Nonprobate transfer” does not include a provision for the

transfer of property on death in an insurance policy or other

coverage held for the benefit of the parties and their child or

children for whom support may be ordered, to the extent that the

provision is subject to paragraph (3) of subdivision (a).

(e) The restraining order included in the summons shall include

descriptions of the notices required by paragraphs (2) and (3) of

subdivision (b).

SEC. 3. Section 3134.5 of the Family Code is amended to read:

3134.5. (a) Upon request of the district attorney, the court may

issue a protective custody warrant to secure the recovery of an

unlawfully detained or concealed child. The request by the district

attorney shall include a written declaration under penalty of perjury

that a warrant for the child is necessary in order for the district

attorney to perform the duties described in Sections 3130 and 3131.

The protective custody warrant for the child shall contain an order

that the arresting agency shall place the child in protective

custody, or return the child as directed by the court. The protective

custody warrant for the child may also contain an order to freeze

the California assets of the party alleged to be in possession of the

child. The protective custody warrant may be served in any county in

the same manner as a warrant of arrest and may be served at any time

of the day or night. For purposes of this subdivision, “assets”

means funds held in a depository institution, as defined in

subdivision (a) of Section 1420 of the Financial Code, in California

(b) Upon a declaration of the district attorney that the child has

been recovered or that the warrant is otherwise no longer required,

the court may dismiss the warrant without further court proceedings.

(c) Upon noticed motion, any order to freeze assets pursuant

to subdivision (a) may be terminated, modified, or vacated by

the court upon a finding that the release of the assets will not

jeopardize the safety or best interest of the child.

(d) If an asset freeze order is entered pursuant to subdivision

(a), and the court subsequently dismisses the warrant pursuant to

subdivision (b), notice of the dismissal shall be immediately served

on the depository institutions holding any assets pursuant to the

freeze order.

 
 

http://baltimorepostexaminer.com/parents-urge-japan-to-return-abducted-children/2012/07/10

 

Parents urge Japan to return abducted children

BY  · JULY 10, 2012 · NO COMMENTS
·

Jeffrey and Mochi

Imagine getting a phone call stating that your children have been kidnapped. Your spouse has taken your kids to Japan, using the country’s laws to maintain custody. Every day becomes an exhausting task of contacting government officials to help, but little is accomplished.

This scenario is very real to Patrick McPike and the parents of nearly 400 abducted U.S. children living in Japan. Including Japanese children, an estimated 10,000 have been abducted by parents within Japan.

Japan has never returned any of them.

McPike traveled with his family to Japan to complete an assignment for his company. His marriage strained and his wife did the unthinkable.

“It seemed like a good opportunity to provide my wife’s family with an opportunity to spend some time with their grandchildren while they were still young,” McPike said. “When my assignment was up and it was time to come home, my wife abducted the children.”

McPike’s wife cut him off from communication with his two sons, Kai and Koh. The children became victims of Japanese law, which treats child abduction as a custody dispute rather than a felony crime. His wife is living in Japan, but could not be reached or found for comment.

Japan’s view of child abduction is different from the rest of the world. They are not a member of The Hague Convention – a treaty designed to return internationally abducted children to their home nations – and their courts favor one parent having sole custody. In 90 percent of cases, the rights go to the mother.

Japan is revising laws to open the possibility ratifying The Hague, but these changes may not be a total acceptance of The Hague in its current form.

“If we look at the domestic laws submitted by the government in order to execute the Convention, changes have been made with current Japanese public opinion and family court practices in mind, and it is questionable whether the intent of the Hague Convention has been incorporated,” said Takao Tanase, a professor who specializes in Japanese law.

During a U.S. Department of State briefing on U.S. child abductions to Japan, Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell spoke about persuading Japan to join The Hague.

“The President also very strongly affirmed the Japanese decision to enter into The Hague Convention,” Campbell said. “He asked that these steps be taken clearly and that the necessary implementing legislation would be addressed.

“This is a human tragedy, that unless you get to experience and get to know these brave parents, it’s just impossible to imagine,” Campbell said.

Getting Japan to join The Hague would be helpful, but McPike says it will not be enough, by itself, to bring back all the missing children.

“The Hague is not enforceable,” McPike said. “The decision to comply with a Hague return is determined by the courts of the abducting country. To solve the problem requires reform of the Japanese system.  They need to hold courts and judges responsible for following the law.  They need to enforce kidnapping laws consistently and they need to provide for joint-custody.”

There have also been concerns about the lack of action from the U.S. per policy, the U.S. Department of State has not formally requested from Japan the return of any abducted U.S. children.

Kai and Koh together laughing in happier times. (Courtesy photo.)

Susan Jacobs, a special adviser for children’s issues for the U.S. Department of State, said that individual cases are raised with the permission of parents and the parents are updated on these discussions. However, most parents say they have not been told of their personal cases being discussed with Japanese government officials.

Ironically, Japan refuses to return U.S. children but they want their own citizens who are abducted to be returned. From 1978-1981, about 16 Japanese teenagers were abducted by North Korea. Five of those children were returned and about six have died. The others are still missing. Japan has come to the U.S. and the U.N. asking for help to get North Korea to return these children.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama have met with Japanese families and assured they would provide help. Yet they have not met with any U.S. parents about their children being abducted to Japan, giving the appearance that they are more concerned with helping Japan.

Parents also question efforts by the U.S. Department of State because of the Mary Lake case.

In 2005, William Lake’s daughter was abducted by his ex-wife and taken to Japan. No one in the Lake family was Japanese, but William’s ex-wife knew of Japan’s custody laws.

On August 24, 2011, Mary Lake went to the U.S. Consulate in Japan and spoke with an official who told her to return home to her abductor since she did not have the money for a plane ticket to the states. Pressure was put on the U.S. Consulate and they aided Mary Lake’s effort to go home to her father the second time.

The return of Mary Lake gave parents of abducted children a small glimmer of hope for their own cases. For McPike and others like Jeffrey Morehouse and Randy Collins, getting their children back has become a daily job.

Morehouse and Collins serve as regional directors for Bring Abducted Children Home (BACHome), an organization established in 2010 to raise awareness of the missing U.S. citizen children kidnapped to in Japan.

Both men testified before the California State Senate Judiciary Committee for Senate Bill 1206 – Child Abduction Prevention. This is just one of many hearings they have attended to gather support.

During his testimony, Morehouse explained that he dropped his son Mochi off with his ex-wife for a parental visit in 2010. His ex-wife had threatened to kidnap Mochi before but the passport policy stated “when both parents have custody of the child, and the child is taken out of the country by one of the parents without consent of the other parent, it is punishable by criminal law.”

The Portland consulate violated the policy and provided his ex-wife with the passport for Mochi. Six days later he received a phone call from the police telling him his wife and child were missing. His wife kidnapped their son to Japan.

“In that moment, my life was shattered,” Morehouse said. “My days became consumed with dealing with local law enforcement, the U.S. Department of State, Japanese consular officials and anything I could think of to find my little boy.

“Every morning I wake up twice. The first time, I rush out of bed and prepare to get him ready for school. I can hear his voice in my head and my heart skips a beat. And then I really wake up and realize he’s still missing. The ongoing nightmare continues. The last time I held his hand, the last time I heard his voice was on Father’s Day 2010 and I’m still spending every day trying to locate my son.”

Morehouse, Collins and the other members of BacHome continue to exhaust their resources to locate their children.

They recently wrote a letter in advance of Clinton’s July 8 trip to Japan. Urging officials to help return their children, it was addressed to the Prime Minister to the Los Angeles consulate, four other Japanese consulates, members of the media, the Department of State, White House Office staff, all U.S. Senate offices, and members of the House of Representatives.

During Clinton’s visit about 40 parents of abducted children in Japan participated in a rally attempting to secure her help in pressuring Japan to address the issue of child custody.

Parents will continue to fight and hope that those in charge take notice and urge Japan to return their children.

“Imagine that tomorrow your child is going to be abducted,” Collins said. “What would you do today to prevent that from happening tomorrow?”

“I haven’t seen or heard from my son in almost four years. I don’t know what he’s thinking. But I did everything my government told me I was supposed to do to protect my son. I did everything that the courts told me to do to protect my son. Nobody protected my son.”

Thanks to the efforts of left-behind parent Randy Collins of California, whose son, Keisuke, was abducted to Japan in 2008, new legislation (SB1206) is being introduced in the California State Senate to prevent international child abduction.  It is Randy’s hope that this legislation, which will be known as “Keisuke’s Law,” will be a blueprint for similar legislation in other states and that it eventually will be in place nationwide to help prevent international child abductions.
Here is a link to the proposed legislation:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/postquery?bill_number=sb_1206&sess=CUR&house=B&author=walters
Randy’s website:  www.BringKeisukeHome.com

ABC conducted a group interview of over a dozen U.S. parents whose children have been abducted to Japan and will be covering this on their “World News” programs on Tuesday, February 15 and Wednesday, Feburary 16, and also on ABC Nightline on February 15.

A related video, photos, and other information is available at the following link:

http://abcnews.go.com/International/american-children-abducted-japan-desperate-fathers-contact-children/story?id=12919762

Below are the public posters for 9 cases obtained by Children’s Rights Council of Japan from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) of 10 U.S. children believed to have been abducted to Japan.

This list just represents the tip of the iceberg as the vast majority of the cases involving Japan are not being publicized in the NCMEC poster campaign, either because the left-behind parent has not reported their case to NCMEC, or they have reported the case but have not gone public with it.

Diona Peterson

Elias Martinez

Hana Scordato

Hiroki Hagisaka

Keisuke Collins

Marina Kaneda

Melissa Braden

Sean Hillman

Takoda and Tiana Weed

embassy rally

On Saturday, October 3, 2009, Children’s Rights Council of Japan organized a “Free Christopher Savoie” Rally in front of the Japanese Embassy in Washington, D.C., demanding that the Japanese government immediately release Christopher Savoie and reunite him with his children, and also acknowledge and resolve all other cases of child abductions in Japan. Speakers included CRC of Japan co-founder Walter Benda, U.S. Navy Commander Paul Toland, Amy Savoie (Christopher Savoie’s wife), Kay Kephart (an American grandmother imprisoned while trying to find her grandchildren), David Levy (head of the national Children’s Rights Council nonprofit organization), and 2 U.S. left-behind fathers, Randy Collins and Lance Litwiller. Media included CNN, NBC, CBS, NHK, FUJI TELEVISION NETWORK NEWS, TV TOKYO, KYODO NEWS, and documentary film maker Matt Antell, fromtheshadowsmovie.com. A candlelight vigil was held that evening in front of the White House.

Link to Video Slideshow of Oct. Rally and Vigil for Christopher Savoie (Music sample:  Trabryu “Road”)

A big THANK YOU to The Seoul Times for helping cover Randy’s case.

The Seoul Times-Randy Collins