International Child Abduction Remedies Act [ICARA] Law and Legal Definition

The International Child Abduction Remedies Act (ICARA) is a federal law that implemented the Hague Treaty on child abduction into the U.S. law. The convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction was done at the Hague on October 25, 1980. The convention establishes legal rights and procedures for the prompt return of children who have been wrongfully removed or retained. It secures the exercise of visitation rights. Children who are wrongfully removed or retained within the meaning of the convention are to be promptly returned. The Convention provides a sound treaty framework to help to resolve the problem of international abduction and retention of children and will deter such wrongful removals and retentions. [42 USCS § 11601].