This paper asserts that the only way true progress can be made regarding this problem is for the United States to acknowledge that this serious problem actually exists. One has to look beyond the feel-good statistics and congratulatory press releases to see that the existing system, including the application of the Hague Convention on Child Abduction, fails LBPs. Until the nature and scope of the problem is identified and examined, the United States will continue to be a refuge state for child abductors.


Child abduction, international law, Hague Convention on Child Abduction

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28 American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 249 (2015)