OJJDP Publishes International Child Kidnapping Guide For Law Enforcement

From the Office of Justice Programs:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Office of Justice Programs’ Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Tuesday published guidelines to help law enforcement prevent and respond to cases of international kidnapping of a child by a noncustodial parent.
 
In 2017 there were more than 900 cases of international kidnapping of children across 59 countries reported to the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues. Law enforcement agencies play a critical role in the prevention and resolution of international parental kidnapping.
 
A Law Enforcement Guide on International Parental Kidnapping describes law enforcement’s role as initial responders and investigators of kidnapping crimes, discusses applicable laws and legal remedies for child recovery and reunification, and outlines considerations for criminal prosecution and extradition of offenders.
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