Bills Passed and Introduced: Intercountry and Domestic Adoption, Child Protection and Violence against Women
From The Source on Women's Issues in Congress, Women's Policy Inc
Senate Addresses Intercountry and Domestic Adoption
Senate Clears Intercountry Adoption Bill
On December 5, the Senate approved, by unanimous consent, the Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act of 2012 (S. 3331). The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed the legislation on September 19 (see The Source, 9/21/12).
The measure, sponsored by Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), would apply universal accreditation standards to adoption service providers in all countries involved in the adoption of foreign orphans under the age of 16, regardless of whether or not the country is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption. The legislation would give the secretary of the Department of State, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, the attorney general (Department of Justice), and accrediting entities authority to enforce such universal accreditation standards.
S. 3653 ---- Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)/Judiciary (12/4/12) --- A bill to improve the training of child protection professionals.
H.R. 6629 ---- Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN)/Education and the Workforce, Judiciary (12/4/12)---A bill to improve the training of child protection professionals.
Violence Against Women
H.R. 6625 ---- Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA)/Judiciary, Natural Resources (12/3/12) --- A bill to grant Indian tribes jurisdiction over crimes of domestic violence that occur in the Indian country of that tribe.
H.R. 6628 ---- Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX)/Judiciary (12/4/12) --- A bill to amend the DNA Analysis Backlog Elimination Act of 2000 to provide for Debbie Smith grants for auditing sexual assault evidence backlogs and to establish a Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Registry, and for other purposes.
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