This event is tonight in Washington DC, featuring keynote speaker Norma Cruz, founder and director of Fundación Sobrevivientes. The panelists are JCICS director Tom Difilipo, social work professor & writer Karen Rotabi, law professor Trish Maskew (former president of Ethica), law professor David Smolin, and US DOS Adoption Division Chief Alison Dilworth.
Here’s the invite that circulated:
Please join us on Monday, April 4, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. at American University (Washington, D.C.) for a program hosted by the UNROW Human Rights Impact Litigation Clinic of American University Washington College of Law in cooperation with the International Human Rights Committee, “Stolen Children: Illegal Practices in Intercountry Adoption and the Need for Reform.” The panel will bring together various experts to discuss the legal, social, and ethical dimensions of illicit intercountry adoptions and the path toward reform.
The keynote speaker, Norma Cruz, is a Guatemalan grassroots activist and recipient of the U.S. Department of State’s designation “2009 International Woman of Courage.” Ms. Cruz has become a world renowned human rights defender through her tireless campaign to document cases of violence against women in Guatemala, promote justice for women, and call for an end to illicit adoption. During the program, Ms. Cruz will tell the stories of Guatemalan parents who have lost their children to illicit intercountry adoption. She will also describe the advocacy efforts of her organization, Fundación Sobrevivientes (Survivors Foundation), on behalf of the mothers whose children have been taken in an illegal and lucrative supply chain for international adoptions.
Washington College of Law’s Office of Special Events & Continuing Legal Education office is offering pre-approved CLE credit for Pennsylvania (and by reciprocity, New York and New Jersey) and Virginia. Attorneys seeking CLE credits from other states can get the credits approved retroactively.
Please feel free to forward information on this event to any interested individuals, groups, or institutions. To register for the event, please go to www.wcl.american.edu/secle/registration.