08 May 2011

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Author of the award-winning book Finding Fernanda. Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism. Redux Pictures photographer. Read more here.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there! Today, besides thinking of my own wonderful mama Laura McIntyre, I’m taking a few minutes to think about the women in Guatemala who continue to search for their missing children.

On that note, I’m posting a clip from the broadcast news show “People & Power.” It originally aired two years ago, on June 24, 2009. Although I question certain pieces of information in it–namely, police officer Sandoval’s assertion that all babies from the Antigua nursery Casa Quivira were adopted for a “minimum” of $50,000 each (seems a bit high..?)– this clip contains a lot of great archival footage. I’m guessing the producers had to hunt down clips from various Guatemalan news stations. Archival footage includes video shot of the searching mothers demonstrating outside  the US Embassy, hunger striking in front of the National Palace, and more.

 

 

And an update: This past August, one of my sources in Guatemala gave me a copy of the latest correspondence from the US Department of Justice about getting DNA tests done on the adopted children believed to have been stolen. It’s an official letter sent in response to Guatemala’s request for assistance, which is mentioned in this clip by Attorney General José Amílcar Velásquez Zárate. I’m not sure about the legalities of posting the leaked US Dept. of Justice letter in whole, so I’m going to check on it, and either post excerpts or the whole document soon.

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