Archive for November, 2010

Ukraine drops NATO bid

MOSCOW, Nov. 26 (UPI) — Ukraine has dropped its application to become a member of NATO, President Viktor Yanukovych said Friday at a news conference in Russia.

Appearing with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Yanukovych said Ukraine has decided to remain a non-aligned country, RIA Novosti reported. Yanukovych said Ukraine hopes to remain a NATO partner while allying itself with Russia as well.

Yanukovych replaced the more Western-oriented Viktor Yushchenko in February. The country applied to join NATO under Yushchenko.

Medvedev praised Ukraine’s decision.

“In our opinion, it is a logical development of events, and we believe that it meets the interests of the existing European security system as well as Russia’s long-term development interests,” Medvedev said.

“We have always maintained a simple view of Ukraine’s accession to NATO — it would destroy European security — it is a sensitive issue for us.”

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The Hawaii International Matchmaking Organization (IMO) and IMBRA Rules

The state of Hawaii has brought to law the “International Matchmaking Organization (IMO)” rules. Men in Hawaii now need to submit fingerprints in order to fulfil the rules if they want to seek out a foreign wife from overseas. This is an extension to the existing USA IMBRA laws that is specific to Hawaii. Individual US states are now taking up the charge in regulating so called “International Marriage Brokers” — and their statutes are more onerous than the federal legislation. Here is more info on the Hawaii law in addition to what I posted earlier:

Hawaii

What is the law’s citation?

Haw. Rev. Stat. 489N

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The Texas International Matchmaking Organization (IMO) and IMBRA Rules

The state of Texas has brought to law the “International Matchmaking Organization (IMO)” rules. Men in Texas now need to submit fingerprints in order to fulfil the rules if they want to seek out a foreign wife from overseas. This is an extension to the existing USA IMBRA laws that is specific to Texas (the second largest US state). Individual US states are now taking up the charge in regulating so called “International Marriage Brokers” — and their statutes are more onerous than the federal legislation. Here is more info on the Texas law in addition to what I posted earlier:

Texas

What is the law’s citation?

Tex. Bus. & Comm. Code 101.001 – 101.005

When did the law go into effect?

September 1, 2005

What kinds of businesses are regulated?

International matchmaking organization. (IMO) A corporation, partnership,
sole proprietorship, or other legal entity that does
business in the United States and offers to residents of this state
dating, matrimonial, or social referral services involving recruits by:

(A) exchanging names, telephone numbers, addresses, or statistics;

(B) selecting photographs; or

(C) providing a social environment for introducing clients to recruits in
a country other than the United States.

Maryland’s International Marriage Brokers Regulation (IMBR) and IMBRA

Maryland

What is the law’s citation?

Md. Code Ann. Bus. Reg. 19-601 through 19-607

When did the law go into effect?

October 1, 2010

What kinds of businesses are regulated?

―International marriage broker (IMB) – ―a corporation, partnership, soleproprietorship, or other legal entity that does business in the United States
and offers to Maryland residents dating, matrimonial, or social referral
services involving recruits [foreign female clients] by:
(1) exchanging names, telephone numbers, addresses, photographs,
or statistics or otherwise facilitating communication between a
client [US male client] and a recruit [foreign female client]; or
(2) providing a social environment for introducing clients [US male
clients] to recruits [foreign female clients] in person.

IMBRA information for prosecutors, attorneys: federal and state regulation of international marriage brokers

This Advisory is intended to help hold international marriage brokers (IMBs) accountable for failing to comply with federal and state laws that regulate IMBs in order to prevent the abuse and exploitation of foreign brides. The Advisory outlines for prosecutors, attorneys, victim-advocates, and others, the various legal remedies—at the federal and state level, both civil and criminal, initiated by prosecutors or pursued by the abused women themselves—that may be available when a woman is abused by a man she met through an IMB. These remedies include:

Federal law: IMBs that fail to comply with the ―International Marriage Broker Regulation Act (IMBRA) can be both fined (up to $25,000 per violation) and jailed (up to five years). (See Part II)
State law: In addition to IMBRA, several states have their own laws regulating the IMB industry, with additional fines or penalties for an IMB‘s non-compliance under state law. (See Part III and Appendix)
Private lawsuits: Abused women can also file private lawsuits for monetary damages based on claims like fraud or negligence. (See Part IV)
Other protections and resources for abused foreign brides: The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) may provide immigration remedies for women in IMB-initiated relationships who have been victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, or other serious crimes in the United States. (See Part V)
The Tahirih Justice Center (Tahirih) is a nonprofit organization that through direct legal services, public policy advocacy, and education, works to protect immigrant women and girls in the United States who are fleeing violence. Tahirih spearheaded the drafting of IMBRA, the first comprehensive federal statute to regulate IMBs, and mobilized the nationwide coalition that advocated for IMBRA‘s passage. Tahirih now acts as an expert resource on IMBRA, as well as a national referral resource for women abused by men they met through IMBs.

The Mail Order Bride Industry and IMBRA is Changing! (At least for Americans).

I have mentioned a few times of late that there are changes coming across the mail-order-bride industry. There are. They are now on the horizon and looming into view.

I believe the industry in its current form is dying a rapid death.

The majority of the English speaking Russian wife seeking market is located in the US. We all know about IMBRA. Hands up who thought it would be the tip of a very big iceberg?

The further plans for IMBRA are starting to develop. On October the 27th, there was an information pamphlet issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service. A copy of it is here: Information on the Legal Rights Available to Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence in the United States and Facts about Immigrating on a Marriage-Based Visa.

Reading it leaves one in no doubt which way the wind is blowing. I read today that individual US states are now taking up the charge in regulating so called “International Marriage Brokers” — and their statutes are more onerous than the federal legislation.

Why is this pamphlet been published now? That’s exactly the question being asked by citizens (women and men) regarding a now passed bill in the Maryland General Assembly. See below.

The state of Maryland has brought to law in recent weeks the “International Marriage Brokers Regulation (IMBR)”. This will restrict men’s rights to use dating sites to meet foreign women and will likely spur copycat legislation in other states.

Information on the Legal Rights Available to Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence in the United States

Information on the Legal Rights Available to Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence in the United States and Facts about Immigrating on a Marriage-Based Visa

Purpose

Immigrants are particularly vulnerable to domestic violence because they may not speak English, are

often separated from family and friends, and may not understand the laws of the United States. For these reasons, immigrants are often afraid to report acts of domestic violence to the police or to seek other forms of assistance. Such fear causes many immigrants to remain in abusive relationships.

This fact sheet will explain domestic violence and inform you of your legal rights in the United States. The International Marriage Broker Regulation Act (IMBRA) requires that the U.S. Government provide foreign fiancé(e)s and spouses immigrating to the United States with information about their legal rights as well as about the criminal or domestic violence histories of their U.S. citizen fiancé(e)s and spouses. One of IMBRA’s goals is to provide accurate information to immigrating fiancé(e)s and spouses about the immigration process and how to access help if their relationship becomes abusive.


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