Honduras: 2013 State Department Report

From the 2013 State Department report:

Unresolved Return Applications:

As of December 31, 2012, the U.S. Central Authority (USCA) had 112 applications for return that remained open and active for more than 18 months after the date of filing with the relevant foreign central authority in the 18 countries listed below. The following section describes each unresolved case and the actions taken by the USCA to resolve them. The actions taken by other authorities are stated below, as reported to the USCA by the relevant entity.

Honduras, Case Summaries:

1.  The children were located in August 2010. Honduran Central Authority (HCA) strikes and budget shortfalls delayed progress on the case in 2011. In September 2012, one of two siblings was voluntarily returned. That same month, the HCA informed the U.S. Central Authority (USCA) that the case was moved to a new court. The USCA and U.S. Embassy Tegucigalpa continue to regularly request updates from HCA on the status of this case.

2.   The child has not yet been located. In August 2011 and August 2012 the Honduran Central Authority (HCA) requested additional contact or address information for the taking parent from the U.S. Central Authority (USCA) in order to locate the child. In August 2012, the USCA passed the HCA new information, including the name of the town where the left-behind parent believed the child was located. The USCA and U.S. Embassy have regularly requested updates from the HCA on the status of this case.  

3.  The child was located in July 2012. In July 2012, the Honduran Central Authority (HCA) requested that the application documents submitted in April 2011 be authenticated with apostilles. After a teleconference with the U.S. Central Authority (USCA), the HCA said that the apostilles would not be necessary unless a judge asked for them. In November 2012, the HCA reported that it was preparing to serve the taking parent with notice to appear in court. The USCA and U.S. Embassy Tegucigalpa continue to regularly request updates.

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