04 Apr 2011

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Tonight: “Stolen Children” Conference

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.

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  1. I am pleased to report that the event was a great opportunity to hear directly from Norma Cruz about the three girls allegedly kidnapped for adoption. Highlighting the fact that the US government has failed to respond to the formal request for DNA tests from Guatemala was important–especially in Washington, DC. Cruz is a passionate advocate for women and injustice in Guatemala. She reminds us that experiencing child abduction creates ‘eternal suffering’ for the women. It is so important for us to all be honest about moving forward and doing the right thing here in the USA. The argument about returning children to Guatemala is irrelevant–the right thing is to begin with DNA tests. I seriously doubt that children will be sent back, but I don’t want to doubt that we’ll do the right thing as a nation!

  2. PRESS RELEASE 030

    CICIG REQUESTS PUBLIC EXPLANATION FROM SENATOR LANDRIEU (LOUISIANA STATE, U.S.A.) CONCERNING COMMENTS MADE ON REPORT OF ILLEGAL ADOPTIONS IN GUATEMALA.

    During her visit to Guatemala, the Senator met with various authorities responsible for child protection and manifested her disagreement with the CICIG´s report on criminal structures involved in illegal adoptions.

    Guatemala, 27 April 2011. The Guatemalan media edition of Prensa Libre, dated 26 April 2011 (pages 4 and 5), published a story about the visit of U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu which reads: “Landrieu said she does not share all of CICIG´s findings presented in a report in late 2010, detailing abnormalities in the adoption processes which are still in transition between the previous and the current law.”

    The International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala publicly requests Senator Landrieu to provide evidence to the Guatemalan society on which she bases her comments to disqualify the content of the “Report on actors involved in the process of illegal adoptions in Guatemala.” She was also invited to explain to the Guatemalan society her position concerning the numerous adoptions of children illegally taken away from their biological parents.

    CICIG informs the public opinion that the report is a result of the work of a team of professional experts who analyzed for 18 months over 3,342 notarial notices from the records of the Attorney General’s Office (PGN) related to adoption processes: 1,412 issued by the PGN and the National Council on Adoptions (CNA); 879 requests and protection measure processes from the Youth and Children Courts; and 153 declarations of adoptability issued by the Courts of Children and Adolescents. Furthermore, more than 50 criminal investigations conducted by the Public Ministry (MP) were analyzed in relation to the crime of trafficking in persons for illegal adoption.

    From the analysis of the data gathered, it was found that over 60% of the processes for adoption contained abnormalities such as theft and illegal purchase/sale of children, threats and deception to biological mothers, and forgery of documents to carry out “adoption processes” both before and after the entry into force of the Adoption Law (31 December 2007). In many cases there are multiple and clear indications that the illegal procedures were promoted by transnational organized crime who acted along with the participation or acquiescence of state officials. Currently, the Public Ministry investigates more than 325 adoption processes which present serious irregularities.

    In its report, the CICIG is able to determine the modus operandi of transnational organized crime networks involved in trafficking of children through illegal adoptions. Since that report, the CICIG was also able to determine that an international adoption in Guatemala, rather than representing a way of procuring a family to an unprotected child, often has become a mechanism for delivering children to those who request and pay, turning such institution into a lucrative form of human trafficking which is an offense under the Penal Code in Guatemala.

    Among the many findings stated in the CICIG report, it is established that only 10% of Guatemalan children who were placed for adoption between 2007 and 2010 were in an orphaned or abandoned situation.

    Moreover, specific cases were identified in which the representatives and/or facilitators of international adoption agencies in Guatemala were aware of the illicit origin of the children placed for adoption and yet continued illegal processes through altered DNA tests, deception and threats to biological mothers, and the use of forged documents.

    CICIG supports that the international adoptions are an option of life for those children who need it. However, given that the pending processes have serious irregularities, CICIG supports the position of PGN, CNA and MP – competent institutions on the issue – and in particular promotes that each adoption process approved individually, as a minimum, should establish the following: (1) lawful origin of the child; (2) ratification of the biological mother´s consent; (3) determination of paternity through DNA testing; and (4) veracity of the identity of the child and the mother.

    CICIG reiterates its firm commitment to continue supporting the Guatemalan institutions, including the Attorney General’s Office, the National Council on Adoptions and the Public Ministry, in its fight to eradicate illegal adoptions and to combat impunity.

  3. My children were stolen from me here in the US by their father and his women. His women had the help of some from the FBI, Police, Homeland Security and Interpol to help them to steal my children. They stole my children from me and lied to the father, so that they could make money on the lives of my stolen children. They then used my children as pawns to steal all of my billion dollar projects.
    They stole my children to get to my billion dollar projects and to steal them from me.
    I am looking for agencies to help me to get my children back, and I am looking for lawyers to help me to sue them for stealing my children, and for stealing my billion dollar businesses.
    Thank you.

  4. This is Anna,
    Please contact me with names of organizations and lawyers who can help me to locate my stolen children and get them back, as they are here in the US, and they were stole from me by women connected to the father, along with government persons.

    Please contact me with names and numbers of lawyers who will help me to sue those who stole my billion dollar businesses from me. There are some from the FBI, police and Interpol, along with others not connected to government agencies who stole all of my wealth and all of my projects and companies from me. They targeted me and my family and tore us apart,and they stole all of my wealth from me. Please email me at dmcvon@hotmail.com.
    Thank you.

  5. i have stolen children whom i am searching for.
    my children have been stolen by the women their father is dating. the father of my children is a wealthy american arab. the women who are dating him, are sleeping with him for money and favor. they and their families and persons connected to them, have plotted agains me and they have stolen my chidlren from me, to get the money from the father. they also have been victimizing me, and stealing all of my financial projects and wealth.

    the father´s cousin, lsis alsabah stole my children and put them under her ´name. she died last year, and mary pat wright of sea isle city, new jersey and of malvern, pa, has stolen my children whom isis had stolen from me. marypat wright and her family are using their irish network, and political and police networks, to keep my chidlren stolen from me. they made marypats cousin, tom wright, deputy police comissioner of phialdelphia, pa, and he has been using the police to block me from finding my children, who were ripped from my body, as he and his family and many others scheming wiht the,. have plotted against me for the last ten years. they have filed false reports against me to destroy my repuation, and they have orchestrated huge attacks aginst to lie and destroy my reputation and my life, because they are stealing my chidlren to get the billions of dollars connected to my chidlren through their father, and they have stolen my successful buinesses and foreígn funding. i had submitted my first federal appropriaions grant for a million dollar teak school and forestry project, to sen. biden, now vp. some of his team stole my project and my federal funding from me. i had created a billion dollar project and they stole my prject from me and they stole my funding. then, they went on to help isis al salam and her mother loulojua al sabah to steal my children from me, adn to steal all of my successful projects. last year isis died. fares the father,was sleeping with mary pat wright, as she was sleeping with him to be able to keep my daughter stolen from me for the money, and she is sleeping with the father and using sex to steal my children from me and steal my wealth from me. i was working with a agent years ago, and he found my children and he was bringing them back to me, when marypat wright and her family, plotted to steal my children and my billion dollar project, with their iris group,a nd with some agents from interpol, fbi, homeland security and the police.
    they stole my children from me and they stole my funding from me, and they have been filing false reports againt me nonstop to destroy my reputation so that no one would beleive me. they also have flooded the web wtih sexjual solicitaions to men and women as they have been hreaking into my emails, and sending out soliciations for sex to men and women making people believe that it is me sending them when it is not.
    i want to get my children back and i want to get my projects and wealth back. marypat wright is hiding with my children, and she is trying to get a judge give her custodz, or get engaged to the father. she cannot get legal custody as she stole my children from me, and i did not give my children away, they were stolen from me by isis alsabah and lojulu alsabah, and isis alfaisal, kathy nolan edwards, kevin wright, michael wright, terry nolan and their irish connections, and some from the police, adn fbi, agents lampinsky, agents ryan, agent federyczk, agent weiss, segundo enriqe carrion and his wife blanca carrion, his cousin jamie and alex, and many other connected to them, as they have a large conspriacy going on her in pa ,and in nj, ny maine and fl, as they have various government officials who are also conspriing, as they want to be paid off, some of them are former rep ri patrick kennedy, ny rep king, ny police chief kelly, former phila police chief timmony, dept police commis johnson, com ramsey, nj gov christie, fl rep rooney, and many more connected to them, as they stole my children to keep my children connected to them, so that they could get a portion of the wealth of billons of dollars connected to my stolen chidlren, and they also have stolen every sucessful project that i created, and they have continuously blocked my life nad forced me into poverty. i worked iwth a 2 labs and created 14fragrances, and they stole them from me. i was going to trade my work globally, and they stole it from me. they continue to blcok my communication and harass me daily and force me to live in povertzy while they stole my children from me to victimize me and my children, and to further steal my children from me to steal all of my highly successful and lucrative projects from me.
    there are federal officials involved and police and members of governemnt and lowlife scum. i want to find my children who are now living mary pat wright, in possibly new jersey, pa, fl, ca, md, and elsewhere. others invovled have been barbara cusumnao saccamonno, jane scott, jodi fronefield sandoval, rose jacques, marypat wright, and her family, depty police commissioner tom wright, terry nolan, kathy nolan edwards, her sister inlaw kathleen edwards, kevin wright, michael wright,
    and many others connected to them. i will appreciate any help you can give me. thank you. darlene dmcvon@hotmail.com

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