Jordan: 2016 State Department Report

From the State Department's 2016 Report on International Child Abduction:

Jordan demonstrated a pattern of noncompliance by persistently failing to work with the United States to resolve abduction cases in 2015.

Jordan does not adhere to any protocols with respect to international parental child abduction, though in May 2006 the United States and Jordan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that seeks to assist a parent residing in one country to obtain meaningful access to his or her child residing in the other country. Since the MOU does not address the resolution of abduction cases, it does not meet the Act's definition of bilateral procedures.

During 2015, the Department had 26 reported abductions to Jordan relating to children whose habitual residence is the United States. Of those, six were newly reported during the calendar year. By December 31, 2015, no cases had been resolved, as defined by the Act, and 11 reported abductions had been closed. By December 31, 2015, 15 reported abductions remained open. During 2015, the Department did not submit applications for return to the Jordanian government.

In 2015, no abduction cases were unresolved. A case is considered "unresolved" under the Act if it remains pending for twelve months after the Department submits an application for return or access to an appropriate authority in Jordan. There were no unresolved abduction cases in which law enforcement authorities failed to locate a child, failed to undertake serious efforts to locate a child, or failed to enforce a return order rendered by the judicial or administrative authorities of Jordan. The average time it takes to locate a child is unknown.

To improve the resolution of international parental child abduction cases in Jordan, the Department recommends continued engagement with Jordanian government officials to encourage Jordan to accede to the Convention and to establish other protocols or procedures for resolving international parental child abduction cases.

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