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House Proceeding 03-11-09 on Mar 11th, 2009 :: 0:28:55 to 0:32:45
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Howard L. Berman

0:28:40 to 0:29:00( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 125, resolution calling on the central authority of brazil to immediately discharge all its duties under the hague convention by facilitating and supporting federal judicial proceedings as a matter of extreme urgency to obtain the return of sean goldman to his father, da

Howard L. Berman

0:28:55 to 0:32:45( Edit History Discussion )
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Howard L. Berman

0:29:01 to 0:29:22( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: immediate return to the united states. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. berman, and the gentleman from new jersey, mr. smith, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. berman: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the resolution under

Howard L. Berman

0:29:23 to 0:29:43( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. berman: and i rise in support of the resolution and yield myself such ti as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. berman: mr. speaker, the 1980 hague convention on the civil aspects of international child abduction is the principle international framework for tackling an increasingly difficult problem. the resolution before us urges

Howard L. Berman

0:29:44 to 0:30:05( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: all countries that the state department determines are noncompliant with the hague convention to fulfill their obligations and faithfully implement the treaty. it also calls on other nations who have not yet joined the hague convention to do so. the resolution hhlights two emblem attic cases and specifically calls for their prompt resolution.

Howard L. Berman

0:30:06 to 0:30:26( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: one is in the country that is a party to the hague convention, brazil. the other in a country that is not, japan. the facts of each case are david goldman has been trying since 2004 to get his son, sean, back to the united states from brazil.

Howard L. Berman

0:30:27 to 0:30:49( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: when sean's mother took sean to brazil the superior court of new jersey awarded custody to mr. goldman, ordered mrs. goldman and her parents to immediately return sean to the united states and said that their continued behavior constituted parental kidnaping under united states law. mrs. goldman subsequently

Howard L. Berman

0:30:50 to 0:31:14( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: passed away in brazil, leaving sean without his mother and separated from his biological so her stepfather filed for custody of sean and the bill has been tied up in years. in japan, a united states ally,

Howard L. Berman

0:31:15 to 0:31:36( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: which does not recognize intrafamilial child abduction. a girl was taken to japan when she was 11 months old. despite a 2006 restraining order that for bade melissa's removal to japan and ordered granting joint custody to her father, patrick braden.

Howard L. Berman

0:31:37 to 0:31:57( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: despite his extensive efforts, they have not seen each other since her abduction. as in other cases, japanese courts have not recognized his u.s. custody order and have not helped him gain visitation with his daughter. while many american parents never see their children again when they are taken to japan, i am hopeful that the japanese

Howard L. Berman

0:31:58 to 0:32:19( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: government will take steps to respond to these cases by joining the hague convention. it is encouraging that the japanese ministry of foreign affairs is examining the hague convention, and i urge them to join as a party as soon as possible so that children like melissa braden can grow up knowing both of her parents.

Howard L. Berman

0:32:20 to 0:32:40( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: the problem, of course, is much cases. in 2008, the united states responded to cases involving 1,159 children abducted from the united states to countries with which the united states partners under the hague convention. in 2008, the united states saw

Howard L. Berman

0:32:41 to 0:32:46( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: 306 cases involving 455 children taken from the united states to other countries that

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