US special adviser for children’s issues visits Taiwan

01-Jun-2019 Intellasia | FocusTaiwan | 6:00 AM Print This Post

The US Department of State Special Adviser for Children’s Issues Suzanne Lawrence arrived in Taiwan Wednesday to attend the debut of a US-Taiwan meeting to protect children involved in cross-border abduction, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced Thursday.

Lawrence is scheduled to open Friday the inaugural US-Taiwan Joint Commission on International Parental Child Abduction, which is aimed at allowing the two sides to strengthen coordination to protect children involved in abduction cases, a MOFA statement said.

During her three-day stay, Lawrence will also meet government officials and child welfare groups to learn about Taiwan’s policies in the area and to deepen bilateral exchanges and cooperation, it added.

Lawrence’s visit is in accordance with an agreement signed by the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and Taiwan’s representative office in the US last month, according to MOFA.

AIT Managing director John Norris and Taiwan’s deputy representative to the United States Louis Huang signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Cooperation on International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA) April 12 in Washington, D.C. Lawrence also witnessed the signing of the MOU.

The MOU heralds the founding of the joint commission on IPCA, which provides a forum for the US and Taiwan to cooperate in efforts to address international parental child abduction.

International parental child abduction is defined by the US State Department as the removal or retention of a child outside their country of habitual residence in breach of the other parent or guardian’s custody rights.


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