02.28.11

Burr Introduces North Korean Refugee Adoption Act

Bill to directs the Secretary of State to develop a strategy for assisting stateless children from North Korea

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) introduced the North Korean Refugee Adoption Act of 2011. The legislation would direct the Secretary of State to develop a comprehensive strategy on adoptions of North Korean orphans living outside of North Korea as refugees in other countries by American adoptive parents.

"As a member of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Caucus, I remain committed to support legislation to improve international cooperation in inter-country adoptions," Burr said. "Many potential adoptive parents in North Carolina would welcome the opportunity to adopt a North Korean child.Developing a plan to help these children connect with loving families in the United States is something members on both sides of the aisle can agree upon."

The North Korean government has long been one of the world's most brutal dictatorships with one a deplorable record on human rights. Every year, thousands of North Koreans who have fled the regime seek resettlement in neighboring countries. Oftentimes, legal complexities bar North Korean children from being adequately protected under the host country's laws leaving them with no rights and even vulnerable to child traffickers. This bill would create a plan to facilitate adoptions of eligible North Korean children and join them with American families willing to adopt them. The Secretary of State and the Secretary of Homeland Security should make every effort to facilitate the immediate care, family reunification, and, if necessary and appropriate, the adoption of any eligible North Korean children.