U.S. special adviser for children's issues to visit Taiwan

05/12/2019 01:02 PM
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The U.S. Department of State Special Adviser for Children
The U.S. Department of State Special Adviser for Children's Issues Suzanne Lawrence / Image taken from U.S. State Department website

Taipei, May 12 (CNA) The U.S. Department of State Special Adviser for Children's Issues Suzanne Lawrence will visit Taiwan later this month to attend a debut U.S.-Taiwan meeting to protect children involved in cross-border abduction cases, according to the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT).

Lawrence is scheduled to arrive in Taiwan on May 30 for a brief two-day visit to open the inaugural U.S.-Taiwan Joint Commission on International Parental Child Abduction, which is meant for the two sides to strengthen coordination to protect children involved in abduction cases, the AIT said.

The AIT represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of official diplomatic ties.

According to information available on the State Department's website, Lawrence has served in her current position since September 2017. In that role, she develops and implements strategies in international diplomacy to resolve emerging problems related to inter-country adoptions and international parental child abductions.

A career member of the U.S. senior foreign service, class of minister-counselor, Lawrence was the U.S. country consular coordinator for Australia and deputy principal officer and consular section chief at the U.S. Consulate General in Sydney, Australia. Her other overseas posts have been in Jerusalem, Dublin and Caracas.

Lawrence's upcoming visit will be carried out in accordance with an agreement signed by AIT and Taiwan's representative office in the U.S. last month, according to the AIT.

AIT Managing Director John Norris and Taiwan's deputy representative to the United States Louis Huang signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Cooperation on International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA) on April 12 in Washington D.C. Lawrence also witnessed the signing of the MOU.

The MOU heralds the founding of the joint commission on IPCA, which provides a forum for the U.S. and Taiwan to cooperate in efforts to address international parental child abduction.

(By Joseph Yeh)


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