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

Official Summary

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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.

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 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

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.



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

First Last Name State First Last e-mail address Phone            (202 Area Code) S. Res. 543                      Co-sponsor Status
Mark Begich AK David Ramseur 224-3004
Lisa Murkowski AK Nathan Bergerbest 224-6665
Richard Shelby AL Kevin Kane 224-5744
John Boozman AR Toni-Marie Higgins 224-4843
Mark Pryor AR Sarah Holland 224-2353
Jon Kyl AZ Tim Morrison 224-4521
John McCain AZ Elizabeth Lopez 224-2235
Barbara Boxer CA Ariana Reks 224-3553 Sponsor
Diane Feinstein CA Richard Harper 224-3841 Co-sponsor
Michael Bennet CO Sergio Gonzales 224-5852
Mark Udall CO Casey Howard 224-5941
Richard Blumenthal CT Ethan Saxon 224-2823
Joe Lieberman CT ? ? ? 224-4041
Thomas Carper DE Olivia Hayden 224-2441
Christopher Coons DE Halie Soifer 224-5042
Bill Nelson FL Marin Stein 224-5274
Marco Rubio FL Victor Cervino 224-3041 Co-sponsor
Saxby Chambliss GA Brandon Bell 224-3521
Johnny Isakson GA Chris Sullivan 224-3643
Daniel Akaka HI Nick Ikeda 224-6361
Daniel Inouye HI Mary Yoshioka 224-3934
Chuck Grassley IA Kurt Kovarik 224-3744
Tom Harkin IA Rosemary Gutierrez 224-3254
Mike Crapo ID Ken Flanz 224-6142
James Risch ID Chris Socha 224-2752
Richard Durbin IL Ms. Erum Ibrahim 224-2152
Mark Kirk IL Gretchen Blum 224-2854 Co-sponsor
Daniel Coats IN Terry Snell 224-5623
Richard Lugar* IN Keith Luse 224-4814 Co-sponsor
Jerry Moran KS Jason Wiens 224-6521
Pat Roberts KS Theda Owens 224-4774
Mitch McConnell KY Reb Brownell 224-2541
Rand Paul KY Brandon Brooker 224-4343
Mary Landrieu LA Libby Whitbeck 224-5824 Co-sponsor
David Vitter LA Josh Hodges 224-4623
Scott Brown MA William Wright 224-4543
John Kerry** MA Jeremy D’Aliosio jeremy_d’ 224-2742 Co-sponsor
Benjamin Cardin MD Katharine Beamer 224-4524 Co-sponsor
Barbara Mikulski MD Erin Neill 224-4654 Co-sponsor
Susan Collins ME Peter Halvorsen 224-2523
Olympia Snowe ME Don Green 224-5344
Carl Levin MI Michael Kuiken 224-6221
Debbie Stabenow MI Doug Messana 224-4822
Al Franken MN Jeff Lomonaco 224-5641
Amy Klobuchar MN Marian Grove 224-3244
Roy Blunt MO Brian Diffell 224-5721
Claire McCaskill MO Jason Rauch 224-6154
Thad Cochran MS Will Todd 224-5054
Roger Wicker MS Sarah Drake 224-6253
Max Baucus MT Brittany Beaulieu 224-2651
Jon Tester MT Tony McClain 224-2644
Richard Burr NC Cynthia Ramos 224-3154
Kay Hagan NC Rikkia Ramsey 224-6342
Kent Conrad ND Nathaniel Luvtosky 224-2043
John Hoeven ND Josh Carter 224-2551
Mike Johanns NE Erin Jeffery 224-4224
Ben Nelson NE Ryan Ehly 224-6551
Kelly Ayotte NH Brad Bowman 224-3324
Jeanne Shaheen NH Joel Colony 224-2841
Frank Lautenberg NJ Allison Peters 224-3224 Co-sponsor
Robert Menendez NJ Ryan Sellinger 224-4744
Jeff Bingaman NM Jeffry Phan 224-5521
Tom Udall NM Matthew Padilla 224-6621
Dean Heller NV Josh Finestone 224-6244
Harry Reid NV Jessica Lewis 224-3542
Kirsten Gillibrand NY Elena Broitman 224-4451 Co-sponsor
Chuck Schumer NY Erin Vaughn 224-6542
Sherrod Brown OH Doug Babcock 224-2315
Rob Portman OH Brent Bombach 224-3353
Tom Coburn OK Jeremy Hayes 224-5754
James Inhofe OK Joel Starr 224-4721 Co-sponsor
Jeff Merkley OR Will White 224-3753 Co-sponsor
Ron Wyden OR Isaiah Akin 224-5244
Robert Casey PA Damian Murphy 224-6324
Patrick Toomey PA Dan Adelstein 224-4254
Jack Reed RI Carolyn Chuhta 224-4642
Sheldon Whitehouse RI Ben Weiner 224-2921
Jim DeMint SC Robert Moore 224-6121
Lindsey Graham SC Matt Rimkunas 224-5972
Tim Johnson SD Karen Kunze 224-5842
John Thune SD Jason VanBeek 224-2321
Lamar Alexander TN Erin Reif 224-4944
Bob Corker TN Stacie Oliver 224-3344
John Cornyn TX E. Grace Smitham 224-2934
Kay Bailey Hutchison TX Coalter Baker 224-5922
Orrin Hatch UT William Castle 224-5251
Mike Lee UT Miriam Harmer 224-5444
Mark Warner VA Manica Noziglia 224-2023
Jim Webb VA Marta McLellanRoss 224-4024
Patrick Leahy VT Tim Rieser 224-4242 Co-sponsor
Bernard Sanders VT Huck Gutman 224-5141
Maria Cantwell WA Spencer Launer 224-3441
Patty Murray WA Lauren Renee Overman 224-4607 Co-sponsor
Ron Johnson WI Alan Elias 224-5323
Herb Kohl WI Harry Stein 224-5653
Joe Manchin WV Mr. Lee Garton 224-3954
John Rockefeller WV Nate Adler 224-6472
John Barrasso WY Amber Bland 224-6441
Michael Enzi WY Wendy Gnehm 224-3424