Following its mandate to report annually to Congress, the Office of Children’s Issues (OCI) in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs has issued its 2012 “Report on Compliance with the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.” In addition, OCI has posted statistics for calendar year 2011 on new incoming child abduction and access cases and new outgoing child abduction and access cases involving both Hague partner countries and countries such as India and Japan that do not participate in the Convention.
The statistics are reported by country. Taken together, there were 256 new incoming abduction cases (involving 361 children) and 64 new incoming access cases (involving 82 children) reported to OCI in 2011. There were 941 new outgoing abduction cases (involving 1367 children) and 152 new outgoing access cases (involving 212 children) reported to OCI in 2011. Of these cases, the largest numbers of claims involved Mexico, with 71 incoming abduction cases and 302 outgoing abduction cases.