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September 2010Vol. 11, No. 7State Department Adoption News

Special Advisor for International Children's Issues Named by the State Department
Ambassador Susan S. Jacobs has been appointed to fill the newly created position of Special Advisor to the Office of Children's Issues. A long-time advocate for children, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton created this new foreign policy position to address intercountry adoption and international parental child abduction. In her work on these issues, Special Advisor Jacobs will actively engage with foreign government officials to protect the welfare and interests of children.

The Office of Children's Issues, located within the Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs, assists parents, children, and families in matters related to intercountry adoption and international parental child abductions. It serves as the U.S. Central Authority for both the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and the 1993 Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption.

More information about the Office of Children's Issues is available on the State Department website: or

Trafficking in Persons Report
The State Department has released the Trafficking in Persons Report 2010. The report, compiled by the U.S. Department of State, documents the efforts being made around the world to stop human trafficking and protect victims. The contents include descriptions of the types of trafficking, including forced child labor, unlawful use of children as soldiers, and child sex trafficking; relevant international conventions; and narratives about current conditions and enforcement efforts in individual countries.

The report can be found on the State Department website: