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Victim Reunification Travel Program: Addressing International Parental Child Abduction Cases

The U.S. Department of Justice and Department of State have established a cooperative agreement with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to assist parents whose children are illegally taken across U.S. borders by a spouse or biological parent. OVC provides support to the parents who are left behind, including services such as payment of transportation expenses required to attend a court proceeding with the child, translation of documents related to court hearings and the reunification process, and counseling support to prepare the parents for reunification and minimize the trauma for the child. OVC provided travel funding to assist in the recovery of 28 children from 14 foreign countries in Fiscal Year (FY) 2001 and 22 children from 12 foreign countries in FY 2002. OVC continued to support this initiative in FY 2003.

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