42 USC 11602 - Definitions

For the purposes of this chapter
(1) the term applicant means any person who, pursuant to the Convention, files an application with the United States Central Authority or a Central Authority of any other party to the Convention for the return of a child alleged to have been wrongfully removed or retained or for arrangements for organizing or securing the effective exercise of rights of access pursuant to the Convention;
(2) the term Convention means the Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, done at The Hague on October 25, 1980;
(3) the term Parent Locator Service means the service established by the Secretary of Health and Human Services under section 653 of this title;
(4) the term petitioner means any person who, in accordance with this chapter, files a petition in court seeking relief under the Convention;

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(5) the term person includes any individual, institution, or other legal entity or body;
(6) the term respondent means any person against whose interests a petition is filed in court, in accordance with this chapter, which seeks relief under the Convention;
(7) the term rights of access means visitation rights;
(8) the term State means any of the several States, the District of Columbia, and any commonwealth, territory, or possession of the United States; and
(9) the term United States Central Authority means the agency of the Federal Government designated by the President under section 11606 (a) of this title.