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Senator Sam Brownback, Chairman
Rep. Christopher H. Smith, Co-Chairman
For Immediate Release
www.csce.gov
September 8, 2005

HELSINKI COMMISSION TO EXAMINE IMPACT OF ROMANIA'S ADOPTIONS POLICY


(Washington) - Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), Chairman of the United States Helsinki Commission, announced that the Commission will hold a hearing on the impact of Romania’s newly implemented ban on inter-country adoptions:
 
IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CHILDREN? 
ROMANIA’S BAN ON INTER-COUNTRY ADOPTION
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
 2237 Rayburn House Office Building
 
The featured panelists will be:
 
Panel I

Maura Harty
Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State

 
Panel II
Sorin Ducaru
Ambassador of Romania to the United States
 
Panel III
Thomas Atwood
President & CEO, National Council for Adoption
 
Debra Murphy-Scheumann
President of the Board of Directors, Joint Council on International Children’s Services
 
Dr. Dana Johnson
Director of the International Adoption Clinic, University of Minnesota
 
Elliot Forsyth
Waiting to adopt Romanian child
 
The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, is a U.S. Government agency that monitors progress in the implementation of the provisions of the 1975 Helsinki Accords.  The Commission consists of nine members from the United States Senate, nine from the House of Representatives, and one member each from the Departments of State, Defense and Commerce.

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