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Offline pptoland

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 On July 28, 2011, Kurt M. Campbell, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, testified before the  House Committee on Foreign Affairs; Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights.  In that testimony, he stated  "Today the Department tracks 123 active abduction cases involving 173 children with Japan alone."

Here is a link to his full testimony:
http://www.state.gov/p/eap/rls/rm/2011/07/169210.htm 

On February 27, 2014, in testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Ambassador Susan Jacobs, Special Advisor for Children's Issues, testified that the State Department currently tracks 58 active cases involving 80 parents.

Here is the full line of questioning from that day:

SENATOR BOXER: Ms. Jacobs, do you have a sense of how many left-behind parents there are where the child was abducted and lives in Japan now? Can you give us a sense of it? What are we dealing with?

AMBASSADOR JACOBS: I can. There are currently 80 children representing 58 cases. Who...these are open cases with Japan.

SENATOR BOXER: Eighty children.

AMBASSADOR JACOBS: Eighty children, 58 cases.


The difference between Assistant Secretary Campbell's testimony 2 and 1/2 years ago and Ambassador Jacob's testimony one week ago represent a gap of 65 cases and 93 children!!! That's a full 53 percent of cases, and 54 percent of children....disappeared off the books entirely!!!   These are unaccounted for!! What happened to these cases?  They certainly were not returned to their parents in the United States.  Where are these children? Who is tracking them? 

Based on an equal 18-year distribution of ages, 24 of the 173 children could have potentially aged out during that 2 and 1/2 year period.  However, during that time, there were undoubtedly many new cases, so the number should still be at least 173 if not close to 200 cases. 

I wanted to make everyone aware of this. State MUST answer this question!!!!