The committee begins its study on the Hague Abduction Convention and other international mechanisms which look to resolve cross-border child custody disputes and international child abductions. Forming the first panel of witnesses are representatives from Justice Canada (Laurie Wright, Marie Riendeau, and Sandra Zed Finless) and Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (William Crosbie, Béatrice Maillé, and Leslie Scanlon) who provide an overview of how their departments work with the Hague Convention and deal with the issue of international child abductions.
Forming the second panel of witnesses are Amanda Pick (Missing Children Society of Canada), Dick Chamney (International Social Service – Canada), and Ernie Allen (International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children). The witnesses offer their recommendations to improve the process of resolving international child abductions.
(March 31, 2014)