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Braley Writes President in Continued Bipartisan Effort to Resolve Stalled Congolese Adoptions PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kirsten Hartman   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 08:46

Congressman urges President to engage with Congolese government

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers in urging the United States government to address the issue of stalled adoptions with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, ahead of the Congolese Prime Minister’s attendance at a summit in the United States next month.

“The United States can and should speak with one voice when it comes to resolving this issue and uniting these families,” Braley said. “Iowa families have made the courageous decision to bring a child into their homes and are being prevented from doing that by red tape—and that’s not right.”

 

Recently, a resolution introduced by Braley calling on the Congolese government to resolve the issue passed unanimously in the U.S. House.

 

Over 900 U.S. families have had their adoptions suspended by the DRC. Some, including Erin and Michael Peat of Dubuque were granted their adoption visa by the United States. However, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) suddenly refused to issue exit letters, which is the final step allowing families to bring their children to the United States.

In June, Braley met with Erin Peat and Kevin and Dawn Schafer of West Des Moines, along with other families who are facing delays in their adoptions from the DRC.

Braley has written the Congolese Prime Minister, the Congolese Ambassador to the United States, and Secretary of State John Kerry calling for a resolution to this issue.

The Letter to President Obama can be found below.

 

June 16, 2014

The Honorable Barack Obama

President of the United States

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Obama,

We write to ask for your personal engagement to resolve over 900 international adoption cases of Congolese children who either have been or are in the process of being adopted by American families, yet who are unable to obtain Congolese exit permits due to a suspension in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). We understand that you have invited President Joseph Kabila to Washington in August for the first ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, and we urge you to use this event and the time leading up to it as an opportunity to press for an expeditious resolution that is in the best interest of these children.

In September 2013, the DRC suspended the issuance of exit permits for children adopted by foreign parents, reportedly due to concerns about suspected malfeasance in the local DRC adoption process and lack of information about the well-being of adopted children after they arrived in their new homes.  This suspension is having tragic consequences for these children as they wait to be united with their American families.  Already, 10 children who were matched with American families have died since the suspension went into place and many more have urgent, life-threatening medical problems. There are over 350 children who have been legally adopted by US families and have been given Congolese passports and U.S. visas, but are still waiting for exit letters to be able to leave the DRC.

Overcoming this impasse is a priority for many in Congress and we appreciate the State Department’s efforts to raise this issue with its Congolese counterparts. In April of this year, a bipartisan and bicameral group of 170 Members of Congress wrote to President Kabila and Prime Minister Matata Ponyo, urging the DRC government to resume processing exit permits for adopted children. To date, there has been no official response to this letter. Secretary Kerry raised this issue directly with President Kabila during his visit to Kinshasa in May and later that month the DRC government did release exit letters for 19 children adopted by American families, 4 of whom were medically fragile. Unfortunately, this represented only a small percentage of the completed cases and leaves dozens of critically ill children without the medical care they need to survive. The U.S. Department of State has continuously engaged the Congolese government to resolve the remaining completed cases, but to date all overtures have been unsuccessful. For example, when the DRC Director of General Migration (DGM) Francois Beya visited the United States in June, he received multiple requests for meetings ranging from State Department officials to Members of Congress. Mr. Beya declined to schedule any meetings on the suspended exit permit issue. That is why we are requesting your direct engagement with President Kabila.

We respectfully request that you raise this human rights crisis with President Kabila prior to his attendance at the U.S.-African Leaders Summit next month, and then use the opportunity of the summit to press for a firm resolution.  We would appreciate your leadership on this issue to help unite these children and their families.

Thank you for your attention to this important request.

Sincerely,

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Governor Quinn Statement on Tragedy in Ukraine PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Blanchette   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00

CHICAGO—Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement:

“This morning’s news out of eastern Ukraine is a tragic loss of human life.

“I commend our President for offering assistance to determine the cause.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all families who have lost loved ones in this unspeakable tragedy.”

 

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Iowa Court Of Appeals Opinions July 16, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Iowa Judicial Branch   
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 08:31
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Summaries of most recent opinions.

No. 3-1256 / 13-0981

STATE OF IOWA, Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. CHAD JAY ROUSE, Defendant-Appellant.

No. 4-054 / 13-0916

STATE OF IOWA, Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. TODD CARBER, Defendant-Appellant.

No. 11-1946

STATE OF IOWA, Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. RACHEL ELIZABETH CLAY, Defendant-Appellant.

No. 12-1810

CARL GENE GARNICA, Applicant-Appellant, vs. STATE OF IOWA, Respondent-Appellee.

No. 12-1925

STATE OF IOWA, Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. RAYMOND DEAN COOPER, Defendant-Appellant.

No. 12-2122

STATE OF IOWA, Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. MARIO GUERRERO CORDERO, Defendant-Appellant.

No. 12-2204

DONNO SHANE ZEKUCIA, Plaintiff-Appellant, vs. MARIA ISABEL JOHNSON n/k/a MARIA ISABEL PETERSON, Defendant-Appellee/Cross-Appellant.

No. 13-0201

ALVIN WORKMAN, Applicant-Appellant, vs. STATE OF IOWA, Respondent-Appellee.

No. 13-0244

ANTHONY BROWN, Applicant-Appellant, vs. STATE OF IOWA, Respondent-Appellee.

No. 13-0291

DOUGLAS E. KURTZ, Applicant-Appellant, vs. STATE OF IOWA, Respondent-Appellee.

No.13-0298

DANA PETERSON, Petitioner-Appellant, vs. IOWA DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES, Respondent-Appellee.

No. 13-0522

STATE OF IOWA, Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. DENNIS EARL LEAHY, Defendant-Appellant.

No. 13-0524

STATE OF IOWA, Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. MARTIN LEON MORALES, Defendant-Appellant.

No. 13-0755

RUSS HOTCHKISS and DARUSS ENTERPRISES, INC., d/b/a PROSHIELD FIRE PROTECTION, an Iowa Corporation, Plaintiffs-Appellants, vs. INTERNATIONAL PROFIT ASSOCIATES, INC., n/k/a INTERNATIONAL SERVICES, INC., an Illinois Corporation, INTERNATIONAL TAX ADVISORS, INC., n/k/a STRATEGIC TAX ADVISORS, INC., a Nevada Corporation, and ACCOUNTANCY ASSOCIATES, LLC, n/k/a VALUATION ADVISORY SERVICES, LLC, an Illinois Limited Liability Co., Defendants-Appellees.

No. 13-0794

STATE OF IOWA, Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. WARREN EDWARD PURVIS, Defendant-Appellant.

No. 13-0840

FRANK D. BOURRAGE, Applicant-Appellant, vs. STATE OF IOWA, Respondent-Appellee.

No. 13-0859

NORTH GLENN HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. STATE FARM FIRE & CASUALTY COMPANY, Defendant-Appellant.

No. 13-0958

TERRY HARRIS, Applicant-Appellant, vs. STATE OF IOWA, Respondent-Appellee.

No. 13-0966

MICHAEL EUGENE HORLAS, Applicant-Appellant, vs. STATE OF IOWA, Respondent-Appellee.

No. 13-0976

STATE OF IOWA, Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. ERROLL ANTOINE TAYLOR, Defendant-Appellant.

No. 13-0993

STATE OF IOWA, Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. JAMERIOUS LANIER SMITH, Defendant-Appellant.

No. 13-0998

JACQUE LOUIS MILLER, Applicant-Appellant, vs. STATE OF IOWA, Respondent-Appellee.

No. 13-1028

STATE OF IOWA, Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. DEANDRE GOODE, Defendant-Appellant.

No. 13-1103

STATE OF IOWA, Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. SHAUNTA HOPKINS, Defendant-Appellant.

No. 13-1113

STATE OF IOWA, Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. JILLIAN JANE STEWART, Defendant-Appellant.

No. 13-1165

WALTER JUNIOR HOSKINS, III, Applicant-Appellant, vs. STATE OF IOWA, Respondent-Appellee.

No. 13-1170

IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF OWEETIS FRYE, Deceased. ROBERT D. FRYE, BENJAMIN D. FRYE, and HANNA M. FRYE, Beneficiaries-Appellants.

No. 13-1200

STATE OF IOWA, Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. CORNELL A. FIELDS, Defendant-Appellant.

No. 13-1206

STATE OF IOWA, Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. BOBBY JOE MADSEN JR., Defendant-Appellant.

No. 13-1208

GRINNELL STATE BANK, Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. PARTIES IN POSSESSION, Defendants, and SUZANNE K. STEPHENSON, Defendant-Appellant.

No. 13-1218

STATE OF IOWA, Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. JAMES R. THIELMAN, Defendant-Appellant.

No. 13-1223

STATE OF IOWA, Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. RONALD E. VOWELS JR., Defendant-Appellant.

No. 13-1242

BRYAN BOYD, Plaintiff-Appellant, vs. LEGISLATIVE SERVICES AGENCY, GLEN DICKINSON and STATE OF IOWA, Defendant-Appellees.

No. 13-1251

STATE OF IOWA, Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. FAITH DAYLENE LOHR, Defendant-Appellant.

No. 13-1301

STATE OF IOWA, Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. ISAIAH JOSHUA ALEXANDER, Defendant-Appellant.

No. 13-1358

MEDICAL ASSOCIATES OF CLINTON, P.L.C., Plaintiff-Appellant, vs. CHRISTOPHER S.E. MARTIN, M.D., Defendant-Appellee.

No. 13-1390

IN RE THE MARRIAGE OF JOHN MINEART AND TAMI JO MINEART Upon the Petition of JOHN MINEART, Petitioner-Appellant, And Concerning TAMI JO MINEART, Respondent-Appellee.

No. 13-1396

STATE OF IOWA, Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. KRIS WARICK, Defendant-Appellant.

No. 13-1418

IN THE INTEREST OF A.S. JR., Minor Child, E.W., Mother, Appellant, A.S. SR., Father, Appellant.

No. 13-1426

IN RE THE MARRIAGE OF ADREANNE MARIE GRAVES AND DAVID EDWARD GRAVES Upon the Petition of ADREANNE MARIE GRAVES, Petitioner-Appellant, And Concerning DAVID EDWARD GRAVES, Respondent-Appellee.

No.13-1462

IN RE THE MARRIAGE OF NICOLE CLEVERINGA AND DARIN L. CLEVERINGA Upon the Petition of NICOLE CLEVERINGA, Petitioner-Appellant, And Concerning DARIN L. CLEVERINGA, Respondent-Appellee.

No. 13-1469

STATE OF IOWA, Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. CLIFFORD ORRIS JACKSON JR., Defendant-Appellant.

No. 13-1490

STATE OF IOWA, Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. DANIEL E. MORRISSEY, Defendant-Appellant.

No. 13-1559

ROBERT O. DAVIS, Plaintiff-Appellant, vs. CLIFFORD GARTH DAVIS, CONNIE SUE WORKMAN, and JAMES CRAIG DAVIS, Defendants-Appellees.

No. 13-1562

IN RE THE MARRIAGE OF TRAVIS R. DUGGAN AND DANIELLE L. DUGGAN Upon the Petition of TRAVIS R. DUGGAN, Petitioner-Appellant, And Concerning DANIELLE L. DUGGAN, Respondent-Appellee.

No. 13-1574

STATE OF IOWA, Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. CHAD RYAN TANNAHILL, Defendant-Appellant.

No. 13-1653

ARCHITECTURAL WALL SYSTEMS and ZURICH NORTH AMERICA, Petitioners-Appellants, vs. DONALD TOWERS, Respondent-Appellee.

No. 13-1757

IN RE THE MARRIAGE OF TRACY LYNN HOFFMAN AND ERNST FRANKLIN HOFFMAN Upon the Petition of TRACY LYNN HOFFMAN, Petitioner-Appellant, And Concerning ERNST FRANKLIN HOFFMAN, Respondent-Appellee.

No. 13-1784

STATE OF IOWA, Plaintiff-Appellant, vs. ALEXANDER M. OPONSKI-SIMS, Defendant-Appellee.

No. 13-1811

ACTUALLY CLEAN FLOOR & FURNITURE, L.L.C., Assignee of JASON BAILEY, Plaintiff-Appellant, vs. ACTION RESTORATION, INC., Defendant-Appellee.

No. 13-1826

STATE OF IOWA, Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. RENEE ROCHELLE OPPERUD, Defendant-Appellant.

No. 13-1834

STATE OF IOWA, Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. REX DEAN MCDERMOTT, Defendant-Appellant.

No. 13-1889

IN RE THE MARRIAGE OF DAREN LEE LAURITSEN AND DANA MARIE LAURITSEN Upon the Petition of DAREN LEE LAURITSEN, Petitioner-Appellee, And Concerning DANA MARIE LAURITSEN, Respondent-Appellant.

No. 13-1988

JANENE M. GORSETT, Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. JAMES PATRICK GENGLER, Defendant-Appellant.

No. 13-2003

STATE OF IOWA, Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. NICHOLAS PAUL AUGUSTINE, Defendant-Appellant.

No. 14-0096

IN RE THE MATTER OF S.L., Alleged to Be Seriously Mentally Impaired, S.L., Respondent-Appellant.

No. 14-0133

IN RE THE MARRIAGE OF PAUL A. STEPHENS AND NICHOLE R. STEPHENS Upon the Petition of PAUL A. STEPHENS, Petitioner-Appellee, And Concerning NICHOLE R. STEPHENS, Respondent-Appellant.

No. 14-0333

IN THE INTEREST OF J.L.-S. and C.L.-S., Minor Children, A.S., Mother, Appellant.

No. 14-0445

IN THE INTEREST OF D.D., K.D., AND K.M., Minor Children, C.M., Mother, Appellant, J.D., Father, Appellant.

No. 14-0592

IN THE INTEREST OF A.C. AND A.J., Minor Children, J.C., Father, Appellant.

No. 14-0610

IN THE INTEREST OF D.S., Minor Child, D.S., Father, Appellant.

No. 14-0658

IN THE INTEREST OF J.C., Minor Child, K.C., Mother, Appellant.

No. 14-0673

IN THE INTEREST OF J.P., Minor Child, L.P., Mother, Appellant.

No. 14-0704

IN THE INTEREST OF C.B., Minor Child, S.B., Mother, Appellant.

No. 14-0706

IN THE INTEREST OF T.E., Minor Child, G.W., Father, Appellant.

No. 14-0708

IN THE INTEREST OF H.L., Minor Child, A.L., Father, Appellant.

No. 14-0714

IN THE INTEREST OF N.T., Minor Child, M.T., Father, Appellant, K.W., Mother, Appellant.

No. 14-0753

IN THE INTEREST OF K.M. and J.M. JR., Minor Children, A.M., Mother, Appellant, J.M. SR., Father, Appellant.

No. 14-0754

IN THE INTEREST OF E.C., A.C. G.N., J.N., and A.N., Minor Children, J.N., Father, Appellant, B.M., Mother, Appellant.

No. 14-0805

IN THE INTEREST OF R.L.P. AND R.M.P., Minor Children, C.P., Mother, Appellant.

No. 14-0808

IN THE INTEREST OF C.P. and K.P., Minor Children, J.P., Father, Appellant.

 
Team Rubicon Appoints New Director to Lead Disaster Response PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sam Kille   
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 15:44

LOS ANGELES, July 15, 2014 – Team Rubicon, a disaster relief organization which unites the skills of military veterans with first responders, has appointed David Burke as its director of field operations. He replaces Vince Moffitt, who will take on a new role as incident management team chief. Burke is a 2003 graduate of Bettendorf High School, and his family resides in Davenport.

"I am excited and humbled by this opportunity to take on more as we scale TR's capabilities to help an even greater number of people affected by disasters, while giving veterans a renewed sense of purpose,” said Burke, a veteran Marine officer. “I’m also very grateful for the mentoring I’ve received from Vince and look forward to helping him build out our incident management teams.”

Burke has served as deputy director of field operations since April. He came to Team Rubicon as an AmeriCorps VISTA to volunteer with the programs team, Oct. 2013. When Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, he moved into field operations and helped manage the response. In Dec. 2013, Burke joined the staff as senior field operations associate.

“David has done a tremendous job as my deputy and has shown his potential to make this next step,” said Moffitt. “I have complete confidence in him to continue the direction already set, as well as take it to the next level.”

As director of field operations, Burke will develop and execute the strategy to train, prepare and respond to domestic and international disasters. He will be responsible for establishing and maintaining strong working relationships with counterparts in various federal agencies and voluntary organizations participating in emergency response operations.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, Team Rubicon enlists volunteers from across the country. The nonprofit has experienced explosive growth—from a team of eight to more than 16,000 members—since its founding in 2010.

Because TR’s ability to respond to any disaster depends on the commitment of these volunteers, Burke will be tasked with managing development of divisional, regional, and state competencies, to include response plans, and incident specific, standard operating procedures.

“In a short-period of time, David has shown himself to be a passionate, proven leader,” said Jake Wood, CEO and cofounder of Team Rubicon. “He has the vision necessary to take Team Rubicon to the next tier as we look to not only grow our capabilities, but afford our members the training, tools and mentorship needed to perform our mission.”

Team Rubicon was founded in the wake of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake by Wood and William McNulty, both Marine veterans. It now has more than 60 operations under its belt, including Haiti, Superstorm Sandy, and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

The nonprofit has already responded to more than a dozen tornadoes and floods this year. Beyond disaster relief, Team Rubicon helps veterans find a renewed sense of purpose—vital as many return to civilian life after more than a decade of war.

While in the Marines, Burke served as a logistics officer and deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. He was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, for meritorious service while serving in leadership roles above his pay grade, including executive officer of Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division Forward, Camp Leatherneck Afghanistan, in 2011.

Burke holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Iowa. He currently resides in El Segundo, Calif., with his wife Amanda, also a Marine veteran and member of Team Rubicon.

To learn more about Team Rubicon’s mission, visit www.teamrubiconusa.org.

About Team Rubicon Team Rubicon (TR) unites the skills and experience of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. TR offers veterans a chance to continue their service by helping and empowering those afflicted by disasters, and also themselves. For more about Team Rubicon, visit www.teamrubiconusa.org.

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Loebsack Statement at Hearing Entitled “Protecting America’s Youth: An Update from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Vonnie Hampel   
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 14:26

Earlier this morning, Congressman Loebsack made the following statement on the need to ensure the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children receives the support necessary to carry out its mission and protect our children. Loebsack also made comments about the importance of the Amber Alert and the recent success of the Alert in locating three missing children in Eastern Iowa. The remarks were given at a hearing of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, which Loebsack serves as Ranking Member, the senior most Democrat.

Loebsack also supports efforts to prevent and reduce child exploitation, including a recently passed package of anti-trafficking legislation. This included measures to improve services for victims of trafficking and treat them as victims rather than criminals, crack down on online advertisements for trafficked children, and improve outreach and supports for youth in foster care to prevent them from falling into these devastating circumstances.

Video of Loebsack’s opening statement:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scFWj52h_oU&feature=youtu.be

Questioning of John Ryan, President, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T61YG_74tUc&feature=youtu.be

 
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