Bahamas: 2016 State Department Report

From the State Department's Annual Report on International Child Abduction:

The Bahamas demonstrated a "pattern of noncompliance" in 2015 because:

-Thirty percent or more of the total abduction cases are unresolved abduction cases;

-The Foreign Central Authority regularly failed to fulfill its responsibilities pursuant to the Convention; and

-The judicial authority regularly failed to implement and comply with the provisions of the Convention.

The Convention is in force between the United States and The Bahamas.

To improve the resolution of abduction cases in the Bahamas, the Department recommends that the United States:

-Promote training with judicial and administrative authorities on the effective handling of international parental child abduction cases;

-Hold bilateral meetings with Bahamian government officials to encourage the Bahamas to comply with its obligations under the Convention;

-Intensify engagement with the Bahamas Central Authority for updates on international parental child abduction cases and to promote prompt case processing; and

-Through embassy public affairs and consular sections, promote the resolution of international parental child abduction cases with public diplomacy and outreach activities. 

Relevant statistics regarding Abduction & Access cases in the Bahamas from 2015 can be seen below:

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