Initial Inquiries: In 2019, the Department received seven initial inquiries from parents regarding possible abductions to Ecuador for which no completed applications were submitted to the Department.
Judicial Authorities: There were serious delays in deciding Convention cases, which contributed to a pattern of noncompliance. As a result, cases may be pending with the judiciary for over one year. Additionally, a judicial decision raised concerns.
Enforcement: The United States is not aware of any abduction cases in which a judicial order relating to international parental child abduction needed to be enforced by the Ecuadorian authorities. Access: In 2019, the U.S. Central Authority acted on a total of two open access cases under the Convention in Ecuador. One case was filed with the Ecuadorian Central Authority in 2017, and the other case was filed in 2018. By December 31, 2019, one case (50 percent) had been resolved, and one case remained open. One case has been pending with the Ecuadorian authorities for more than 12 months. Department Recommendations: The Department will continue intense engagement with the Ecuadorian authorities to address issues of concern.