Office of Civil Rights
May 1, 2012

Date: 05/01/2012 Description: Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2012: Kathy Sacco - State Dept Image Kathleen (Kathy) Carney Sacco is the public outreach coordinator in the Office of Children’s Issues within the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA/OCS/CI). She is responsible for a variety of outreach functions, which provide information and assistance about intercountry adoptions, international parental child abductions, and other issues pertaining to the safety and welfare of children. The outreach team seeks ways to inform and work with the public, Congress, and various stakeholders about the functions of our office. She has also assisted the Special Advisor for Children’s Issues, Ambassador Susan Jacobs in efforts to encourage countries to join the Hague Conventions related to intercountry adoption and international parental child abduction, and to strengthen child protection systems worldwide.

Ms. Sacco previously worked as an abduction officer in CA/OCS/CI. One of the main tools CA/OCS/CI uses in their work is the 1980 Hague Convention on International Child Abduction. Countries who have signed this treaty agree to assist in getting abducted children back home, where a judge can decide which parent should have custody. Her portfolio included Jamaica and other Caribbean Islands.

Prior to her arrival at the Department of State, Ms. Sacco worked in the adoption field for 13 years, including adoptions of children in state care and international adoptions. She advocated for ethical adoption practices while serving on the boards of organizations and as a member of Adoptees for Children.

Ms. Sacco was adopted from Korea, along with her biological sister at the age of five. She is a licensed clinical social worker who obtained her master of social work from Arizona State University.

Ms. Sacco finds her work challenging and strives as President Obama said, “…to leave something better for our children –- not just here in the United States, but all around the world.” What better opportunity than at the Department of State – Office of Children’s Issues?