Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 107 Part 3.djvu/61

This page needs to be proofread.

, PUBLIC LAW 103-173—DEC. 2, 1993 107 STAT. 1999 after the visitation period had expired and returned the child as soon as possible. "(d) This section does not detract from The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Parental Child Abduction, done at The Hague on October 25, 1980.". (b) SENSE OF THE CONGRESS.— I t is the sense of the Congress 18 USC 1204 that, inasmuch as use of the procedures under the Hague Conven- ^°^^- tion on the Civil Aspects of International Parental Child Abduction has resulted in the return of many children, those procedures, in circumstances in which they are applicable, should be the option of first choice for a parent who seeks the return of a child who has been removed from the parent. (c) CLERICAL AMENDMENT.— The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 55 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following: "1204. International parental kiiinapping.". SEC. 3. STATE COURT PROGRAMS REGARDING INTERSTATE AND Appropriation INTERNATIONAL PARENTAL CHILD ABDUCTION. authorization. There is authorized to be appropriated $250,000 to carry out under the State Justice Institute Act of 1984 (42 U.S.C. 10701- 10713) national, regional, and in-State training and educational programs dealing with criminal and civil aspects of interstate and international parental child abduction. Approved December 2, 1993. LEGISLATIVE HISTORY—H.R. 3378: HOUSE REPORTS: No. 103-390 (Coram, on the Judiciary). CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 139 (1993): Nov. 20, considered and peissed House and Senate. WEEKLY COMPILATION OF PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS, Vol. 29 (1993): Dec. 2, Presidential statement.