What does all of this actually do? It's just a bunch of waste of taxpayer dollars if there are no hard actions behind it all. Condemning child abductions does nothing. It's all rhetorical chatter. Actions speak louder than words. Enforce the laws that are already in place and see what happens.
I used to think that something was better than nothing, but that's pretty much how I see it too now. These half measures are designed to give the appearance of action without actually doing anything. I'm not convinced they don't do more harm than good as they serve as an opiate to the advocates and interested parties. A pat on the head to acknowledge we exist before going back to business as usual. Even if they were helpful in the past, it's beyond clear at this point that they are empty words with no force behind them. This is just the latest in a long series of empty gestures. I have a running list of these that I haven't updated in the past couple years (so it's a missing a few):111th Congress - 2009-2010HouseH.RES.125
Calling on Brazil in accordance with its obligations under the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction to obtain, as a matter of extreme urgency, the return of Sean Goldman to his father David Goldman in the United States; urging the governments of all countries that are partners with the United States to the Hague Convention to fulfill their obligations to return abducted children to the United States; and recommending that all other nations, including Japan, that have unresolved international child abduction cases join the Hague Convention and establish procedures to promptly and equitably address the tragedy of international child abductions.H.RES.1326
: Calling on the Government of Japan to address the urgent problem of abduction to and retention of United States citizen children in Japan, to work closely with the Government of the United States to return these children to their custodial parent or to the original jurisdiction for a custody determination in the United States, to provide left-behind parents immediate access to their children, and to adopt without delay the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.Senate
: A resolution calling on Brazil to comply with the requirements of the Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and to assist in the safe return of Sean Goldman to his father, David Goldman.110th Congress - 2003-2004House
H.RES.821 : Condemning the abduction of Dylan Benwell from the United States and calling for his return.107th Congress - 2001-2002HouseH.CON.RES.69
: Expressing the sense of the Congress on the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and urging all Contracting States to the Convention to recommend the production of practice guides.H.CON.RES.237 :
Expressing the sense of the Congress urging the Republic of Italy to safely and immediately return Ludwig Maximilian Koons to the custody of his father in New York.H.CON.RES.516
: Expressing the sense of Congress that United States diplomatic and consular missions should provide the full and complete protection of the United States to certain citizens of the United States living abroad.Senate
A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that United States Diplomatic missions should provide the full and complete protection of the United States to certain citizens of the United States living abroad.106th Congress - 1999-2000House
: Urging compliance with the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.H.RES.215 :
Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with regard to the return of Saif Ahmed.Senate
A concurrent resolution urging compliance with the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.S.RES.239 :
A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that Nadia Dabbagh, who was abducted from the United States, should be returned home to her mother, Ms. Maureen Dabbagh.102nd Congress 1991-1992
Designating the week beginning August 4, 1991, as "International Parental Child Abduction Awareness Week".