karen abigail — 30 articles
Inside the Courtroom: Anyelí Rodríguez/ “Karen Abigail” Human Trafficking Sentencing
Video from Prensa Libre, reported by Antonio Ixcot, photos by Érick Ávila, video by Daniele Volpe:   And here’s a long clip of the judges reading the charges and sentence, posted by the nonprofit providing free legal counsel to the mother of the stolen child, Loyda Rodríguez:...
Asociación Primavera lawyer, director found guilty of human trafficking in “Karen Abigail” case
UPDATE: The verdict from Guatemala is in. Both women have been found guilty of human trafficking, document fraud, and criminal enterprise (“asociación ilicita”). Valle Flores de Mejia received a sentence of 21 years in prison. Noriega Cano will serve 16. Both women have been ordered to pay Loyda Rodríguez and her husband Dayner Hernández 100,000 Quetzales (about $12,800 USD) in damages. The media has picked up the Associated Press piece about the verdict, and you can read it here at Newsday: http://www.newsday.com/news/nation/guatemala-sentences-2-in-us-adoption-case-1.3270090. ___ This morning, Timothy and Jennifer Monahan of Liberty, Missouri appeared on the CBS Early Show. They spoke about the...
8/24/11: New American Media on “Karen Abigail” case
New American Media has published a story that is partially based on interviews with Loyda Rodríguez, mother of the abducted child Anyelí, and her brother. It’s called “Amid Allegations of Human Trafficking, Guatemala to Review Adoptions.” I’ve excerpted at length, because there’s new reporting here that hasn’t been mentioned elsewhere: “All it took was a moment. Loyda Rodriguez recalls carrying her groceries into her Guatemala City apartment before turning around to find her two-year-old daughter Anyeli gone from the patio. “I said, ‘Where is she?’ I was very confused – why did they take my nena?” said Rodriguez of that...
8/16/11: CNN on the Karen Abigail case
“Guatemalan mother says daughter kidnapped, adopted in U.S.“ By Rafael Romo, CNN Senior Latin American Affairs Editor It’s a case that has become emblematic of the risks involved in international adoption. The case involves a now-6-year-old girl, two countries (the United States and Guatemala), and two families who, in addition to the girl, have been deeply affected by what a Guatemala woman describes as her daughter’s kidnapping five years ago…. Video: http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2011/08/15/romo.guatemala.custody.dispute.cnn?iref=allsearch Transcript: http://edition.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1108/15/cnr.07.html Print article: http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/americas/08/15/guatemala.kidnapping.adoption/index.html?eref=rss_latest&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_latest+%28RSS%3A+Most+Recent%29                  ...
8/12/11: ElPeriódico on False Documents in “Karen Abigail” case
“Cuenta regresiva para anular documentos falsos” (“Countdown for the Annulment of Falsified Documents) by  Magdalena Medina, published in ElPeriódico, August 12, 2011. “Con una resolución histórica, el Juzgado Tercero de Instancia Civil anuló el proceso de adopción de la niña Angelí Rodríguez y ordenó su repatriación. En un plazo menor de dos meses la niña debería estar en Guatemala junto con su madre, Loida Rodríguez, estima la Fundación Sobrevivientes. Se cree que se encuentra en San Louis, Missouri. Claudia Hernández, subdirectora de la Fundación, querellante adhesivo en el caso, explicó que en el plazo de cinco días hábiles el Registro...
8/7/11: Father of “Karen Abigail”/Anyelí Speaks (Español)
Audio of  Dayner Orlando Hernández, father of the missing child Anyelí Liseth Hernández Rodríguez, assembled into a slideshow with various photos by Fundacion Sobrevivientes....
Full Court Order on Return of Adopted Guatemalan Child “Karen Abigail”
DOCUMENTS: Full 7/29/2011 court orders from Judge Angelica Noemi Tellez Hernández in Guatemala, ordering “Karen Abigail” returned to her birthmother (19 page .pdf). Provided courtesy Fundación Sobrevivientes. Click to download (español)....
8/4/11: DNA Test Matches Adopted Child “Karen Abigail” and Guatemalan Birth Mother Loyda Rodríguez
After skimming through some of the comments on the AP article about the “Karen Abigail” situation, I know that there’s been a lot of questions pertaining to whether or not a DNA test has been done between the child in question and Loyda Rodríguez. To the best of my knowledge, the adoptive family, the Monahans, have not been cooperative. On the Guatemalan side, however, a sample of DNA from Loyda Rodríguez has been compared to that on file with US testing facility LabCorp for “Karen Abigail,” who is now in Missouri. The results? According to La Fundación de Antropología Forense Guatemala (FAFG),...
8/3/11 DOCUMENTS: Court Ruling in “Karen Abigail” Case
SOURCE: Press release, August 2, 2011, emailed to Erin Siegal from Fundación Sobrevivientes...
Guatemalan Court Revokes Passport; Asks for Return of Adopted Child “Karen Abigail”
Unprecedented news from Guatemala: A Guatemalan court has ordered La Procuraduría General de la Nación (PGN, or Attorney General’s Office) and the Ministry of External Relations to work with the US Embassy to “locate and retrieve” a child adopted to Timothy and Jennifer Monahan of Missouri in 2007 under the fraudulent name “Karen Abigail López García.” The court, Juzgado Constituido en Tribunal de Amparo, also ruled for the girl’s passport to be annulled and for her birth certificate to be cancelled, based on the fact that the identity of “Karen Abigail” seems to have been created for the sole purpose of facilitating...
10 Questions with Ethica: The TVRPA and Trafficking in Adoption
1.  What is the TVPRA? The TVPRA is the Trafficking Victim Protection Reauthorization Act of 2011.  It is the reauthorization of the original bill, the Trafficking Victim Protection Act of 2000, which was originally designed to combat human trafficking in the U.S. and establish it as a federal crime to traffic individuals into the country.  It provides visa protection for victims and provides assistance for those who have been trafficked.  You can find out more information here: http://www.ijm.org/justice-campaigns/tvpra. It is a crucial bill for those in the fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery. 2.  What is Ethica’s proposed amendment? Although the...
8/14/2012 “Irá a juicio por adopción ilega,” Prensa Libre
A quick piece from Guatemala’s Prensa Libre, on the fake birthmother in the “Karen Abigail” kidnapping/ illegal adoption case in court: “Sandra Noemí Maldonado Velásquez, acusada de pertenecer a una red que captaba niños para darlos en adopción ilegal, debe enfrentar juicio por trata de personas, asociación ilícita, uso de documentos falsificados, supresión y alteración del estado civil, falsificación ideológica y usurpación del estado civil….” Link to article: http://www.prensalibre.com/noticias/justicia/Ira-juicio-adopcion-ilegal_0_755324501.html  ...
“Child Abduction for Adoption: Poverty and Privilege Clash as a Child’s Return to Guatemala is Blocked”
A reflection on the Karen Abigail case over at RH Reality Check, by Karen Smith Rotabi: “Last year, a Guatemalan court ruled in favor of Loyda Rodriguez, who had asserted that her daughter had been kidnapped into child adoption, by ordering the that the child be returned to her biological family after five long years of searching. The excitement that followed included Loyda readying her home for the return of her daughter Anyeli, abducted at age two. The U.S. couple who Loyda believes ‘adopted’ her daughter remained silent…” Read the full piece here: http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/article/2012/07/26/child-abduction-adoption-poverty-and-privilege-clash-as-child’s-return-to-guatema...
5/15/2012: “Guatemala mom to ask US court help on adopted girl “
Another update in the Karen Abigail case: “A Guatemalan mother who says her child was stolen and later turned over to a U.S. couple for adoption said Tuesday that she will go to a Missouri court seeking to get her daughter back now that the U.S. State Department has said it doesn’t have jurisdiction to help return the girl…” Read the full article here: http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_20631164/guatemala-mom-ask-us-court-help-adopted-girl...
Associated Press reports US “won’t return adopted girl snatched from Guatemalan mother;” Loyda Rodríguez may sue
Today, the Associated Press reports, the spokesperson for Guatemala’s Ministry of Exterior Relations, Celeste Alvarado, stated that the United States has presented a diplomatic note refusing to return the child now known as “Karen Abigail” to her mother in Guatemala. The objection, the AP reports, is based on the fact that neither Guatemala nor the United States were party to the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction at the time of the girl’s kidnapping in 2006. When the girl left Guatemala on December 9, 2008 alongside adoptive parents Timothy and Jennifer Monahan, both countries had ratified the treaty. UPDATE: 5/15/2012: A...
5/14/2012: “Guatemala: US gov’t says it won’t return adopted girl who was snatched from Guatemalan mother,” Associated Press
There’s a bit of breaking news in the Karen Abigail case this afternoon. This article (which was published in Spanish as well as in the shortened English version linked below) says the following: According to Celeste Alvarado, spokesperson for Guatemala’s Ministry of Foreign Relations, the United States has informed Guatemala that the Monahans will not be returning “Karen Abigail,” also known as Anyelí Rodríguez, the stolen daughter of Loyda Rodríguez. “A Guatemalan official says the U.S. government has said it won’t return a girl adopted after being snatched from her Guatemalan mother in 2006, because the two countries had not signed...
5/14/2012: “EE.UU. no devolverá a niña guatemalteca adoptada irregularmente,” ElPeriódico
There’s a bit of breaking news in the Karen Abigail case this afternoon. The article says this: According to Celeste Alvarado, spokesperson for Guatemala’s Ministry of Foreign Relations, the United States has informed Guatemala that the Monahans will not be returning “Karen Abigail,” also known as Anyelí Rodríguez, the stolen daughter of Loyda Rodríguez. “Un funcionario guatemalteco que el gobierno de Estados Unidos ha dicho que no devolverá a una niña que fue adoptada después de que fue arrebatada de su madre en Guatemala en 2006, debido a que ambos países no habían firmado para entonces la Convención de La Haya...
The Latest in Lobbying: Senator Landrieu & Delegation in Guatemala, Round Two
Right now, Senator Mary Landrieu, a Democrat from Louisiana and mother to two adopted children, is finishing up her lobbying trip to Guatemala. Nothing on Landrieu’s own website mentions the trip, which began on August 21, either in the press release section, news section, or on the Senator’s blog. Last week, the lobbying group Guatemala900 sent out an email saying: “ The Senator has asked us to please use discretion and keep this news out of the public eye, as her and her coalition believe that they will achieve maximum effectiveness in their advocacy by doing so.” I’m not sure why the trip...
Guatemalan Organized Crime Investigators Tracked Migration Records for Sue Hedberg & CCI clients
Official orders, date July 10, 2009, from Guatemalan prosecutor Oscar Rivas from the Human Trafficking section of the Ministerio Público’s Organized Crime Unit, asking the country’s Dirección General de Migración to provide copies of electronic records tracking the movements of Timothy Monahan, Jennifer Monahan, and “Karen Abigail” Monahan in and out of Guatemala. And another official order, dated July 3, 2009, from the same Guatemalan prosecutor from the Ministerio Público’s Organized Crime Unit asks for copies of records related to the movements of “Susan Hedberg,” the director of the adoption agency Celebrate Children International. These requests don’t mean that the Monahans or...
Behind the New CNA Resolution on Transition Adoption Cases
The Consejo Nacional de Adopciones (Guatemala’s National Council on Adoptions) has issued a new decree that will impact the processing of transition adoption cases. The Associated Press writes that the new rule could “speed up dozens of adoptions by U.S. couples that have been stuck in limbo.” The article doesn’t specifically say why these cases have been “stuck,” which, to my understanding based on interviews with Guatemalan officials, is largely due to ongoing criminal investigations, a serious attempt to review all documents for signs of fraud and forgery, and an interdisciplinary effort by a working group of different government institutions...
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