Senator Benjamin L. Cardin raised the issue of open unresolved child abduction cases with Caroline Kennedy at her confirmation hearings earlier today.  His question starts at 1:06:40 in the following video of the hearings:

http://www.foreign.senate.gov/hearings/nomination-09-19-2013

Hearings to confirm Caroline Kennedy as ambassador to Japan will be held this coming Thursday, September 19 by the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  The following is a link to the committee website, and below is also a listing of the members of the committee.

Please  contact committee members and request them to ask Caroline Kennedy what actions she will take to help American parents whose children have been abducted to or retained in Japan, and who are being denied meaningful access to their children as is legally required under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Japan has ratified in its entirety.

http://www.foreign.senate.gov/

Chairman: Robert Menendez

Robert Menendez

Chairman

Ranking Member: Bob Corker

Bob Corker

Ranking Member

We received the following request from Jeffery Morehouse of BacHome.  Please send these messages to your senators if you are a resident of Maryland, Florida, California, or Arizona, and please contact others who may be able to help.
 
 
 
We need your help. Caroline Kennedy will have a confirmation hearing on Thursday to become the next U.S. Ambassador to Japan. We are working to get a specific question asked at the hearing regarding public action toward the return of kidnapped U.S. children. Getting this addressed at the hearing, I believe, will raise the attention level and have benefit for Parents of Internationally Kidnapped Children from all countries to and within Japan.
 
Senators Cardin (MD), Rubio (FL), Boxer (CA) and McCain (AZ) are expected to be there. They need to hear from their constituents. 
 
1) If you are voter in one of those states, contact the staff person as noted in the templates below. 
2) Contact your friends, family and supporters in these states and ask them to send an email to the senator’s office using the info below. Inspire them to do the same reach out to their network of friends. 
 
A few minutes of your time can make a real difference in this!
 
Best regards,
 
Jeffery Morehouse
 
 
KENNEDY CONFIRMATION HEARING EMAIL TEMPLATES
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MARYLAND RESIDENTS
Contact person at Senator Cardin’s office: Algene Sajery
 
 
EMAIL SUBJECT- ACTION- Kidnappings to Japan & Kennedy Confirmation Hearing
 
Dear Algene,
 
I am a registered voter in Maryland. My friend’s child was kidnapped to Japan.
 
Last year Senator Cardin co-sponsored and helped pass S. Res. 543 on International Parental Child Abduction. Japan is specified by name three times for these ongoing abductions, which was more than any other country. 
 
At Thursday’s confirmation hearing, I’d like to know what public efforts would an Ambassador Kennedy make to secure the return of the nearly 400 U.S. children abducted by a parent to Japan since 1994?
 
Sincerely,
 
[Your Name]
[City, State]
 
_______________________________
 
 
FLORIDA RESIDENTS
Contact person at Senator Rubio’s office: Victor Cervino
 
 
EMAIL SUBJECT- ACTION- Kidnappings to Japan & Kennedy Confirmation Hearing
 
Dear Victor,
 
I am a registered voter in Florida. My friend’s child was kidnapped to Japan.
 
Last year Senator Rubio co-sponsored and helped pass S. Res. 543 on International Parental Child Abduction. Japan is specified by name three times for these ongoing abductions, which was more than any other country. 
 
At Thursday’s confirmation hearing, I’d like to know what public efforts would an Ambassador Kennedy make to secure the return of the nearly 400 U.S. children abducted by a parent to Japan since 1994?
 
Sincerely,
 
[Your Name]
[City, State]
 
_______________________________
 
CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS
 
Contact person at Senator Boxer’s office: Ariana Reks
 
 
EMAIL SUBJECT- ACTION- Kidnappings to Japan & Kennedy Confirmation Hearing
 
Dear Ariana,
 
I am a registered voter in California. My friend’s child was kidnapped to Japan.
 
Last year Senator Boxer sponsored and helped pass S. Res. 543 on International Parental Child Abduction. Japan is specified by name three times for these ongoing abductions, which was more than any other country. 
 
At Thursday’s confirmation hearing, I’d like to know what public efforts would an Ambassador Kennedy make to secure the return of the nearly 400 U.S. children abducted by a parent to Japan since 1994?
 
Sincerely,
 
[Your Name]
[City, State]
 
_______________________________
 
ARIZONA RESIDENTS
 
Contact person at Senator McCain’s office: Elizabeth Lopez
 
 
EMAIL SUBJECT- ACTION- Kidnappings to Japan & Kennedy Confirmation Hearing
 
Dear Elizabeth,
 
I am a registered voter in Arizona. My friend’s child was kidnapped to Japan.
 
Last year the Senate passed S. Res. 543 on International Parental Child Abduction by unanimous consent. Japan is specified by name three times for these ongoing abductions, which was more than any other country. 
 
At Thursday’s confirmation hearing, I’d like to know what public efforts would an Ambassador Kennedy make to secure the return of the nearly 400 U.S. children abducted by a parent to Japan since 1994?
 
Sincerely,
 
[Your Name]
[City, State]

22 U.S. Senators have signed a letter calling upon President Obama to take action on the international child abduction issue during his trip next week to Japan to meet with Prime Minister Hatoyama.

Here are links to the press releases from Senator Boxer’s and Senator Corker’s offices:

Senator Boxer press release

Senator Corker press release

Below is a copy of the actual letter.  We especially want to recognize the exceptional efforts of the office of Senator Barbara Boxer in taking the intiative on this and garnering bipartisan support for this letter.

11.5.09 Obama on Japanese Abduction11.5.09 Letter to President Obama P1

11.5.09 Obama on Japanese Abduction P211.5.09 Letter to President Obama P2

11.5.09 Obama on Japanese Abduction P311.5.09 Letter to President Obama P3