CAP Faculty Director Elizabeth Bartholet’s Human Rights Legislation for Unparented Children Introduced: S.1177 and H.R.2643

S.1177 and H.R.2643, proposed by CAP Faculty Director Elizabeth Bartholet and a coalition of international adoption advocates, call for changes to the Department of State’s Annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices so that it includes violations of unparented children’s rights, specifically the unnecessary holding of children in institutions and associated denial of timely access to domestic and international adoption.

On May 18, 2017, S.1177 was introduced by Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) and on May 24, 2017, H.R.2643 was introduced by Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) with co-sponsors Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) and Rep. Daniel M. Donovan, Jr. (R-NY). For more information about this and other CAP policy efforts, see the CAP Law Reform page