“Baby trafficking: 10-day-old for 5,000 euros,” Emirates, 1/18/2014
“Police in central Greece on Saturday said they had arrested seven people including five Bulgarians for attempted baby trafficking. “A police operation prevented the illegal adoption of a ten-day-old baby for the sum of 5,000 euros ($6,800),” police in the central city of Larissa said in a statement. The authorities said a 62-year-old Greek had attempted to arrange an illegal adoption with the aid of a lawyer in the central city of Volos…   Read the full article here: http://www.emirates247.com/baby-trafficking-10-day-old-for-5-000-euros-2014-01-18-1.535186...
Meet the author: Erin Siegal McIntyre
Erin Siegal McIntyre is an American photographer and writer. She is a Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, a Soros Justice Fellow, and a Redux Pictures photographer. She was a 2008-2009 fellow at the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Erin is the author of the award-winning book Finding Fernanda, (Beacon Press 2012), which examines organized crime and child trafficking in international adoption between Guatemala and the U.S. Previously, Erin wrote a column on public records and government accountability for the Columbia Journalism Review, “The FOIA Watchdog.” She’s contributed to various media outlets, including Univision, the New York Times, Time,Reuters, Newsweek, O Magazine, Businessweek, Rolling Stone, and more....
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...
 WATCH THE FULL SHOW HERE: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/perilous-journey/     Saturday, January 18, 2014, at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT,  the investigation and the book “Finding Fernanda” will be featured in an hour-long CBS special episode of “48 Hours” called “Perilous Journey.” Featuring investigative journalist Erin Siegal McIntyre, Betsy Emanuel, Mildred Alvarado, Alvarado’s children, and much more. Here’s the press release about the show, as published by Scoop: “Maureen Maher and 48 Hours investigate the sometimes-shady business of international child adoptions and the lengths families will go to bring children home to the United States in “Perilous Journey,” to be broadcast Saturday, Jan. 18 (10:00 PM,...
“Congo suspends international adoptions, leaving dozens of children in limbo,” AP, 12/20/2013
“KINSHASA, Congo — The Congolese government has suspended international adoptions of Congolese children, following allegations that some were abandoned by their adoptive parents, while others were “sold to homosexuals.” The move by Congo further restricts foreign adoptions, following similar decisions by Russia and China.” Read the full story here: http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/6dd4ce06e9b1448eaff1935c998bff69/AF-Congo-Adoptions-Suspended...
What happened to Maria Fernanda?
“Finding Fernanda” is a book of investigative journalism. It’s the shocking story of $30,000 U.S. dollars, four Guatemalan “orphans,” one nonprofit evangelical Christian adoption agency, a family-run child-trafficking ring, one infant cut from her unconscious mother’s womb, two tiny missing sisters, and a nine-member Tennessee family who believed wholeheartedly in Christian love and faith—until the dark side of international adoption shattered their blind trust. It’s also the story of how one poor Guatemalan woman, Mildred Alvarado, reunited with her kidnapped daughters against all odds—and how the trusting American housewife slated to adopt one of those children, Elizabeth Emanuel, accidentally became...
“Los niños que el ejército se llevó,” Plaza Pública, 8/6/2013
Durante el conflicto armado, los militares capturaron miles de niños en las áreas donde aplicó la política de tierra arrasada. Considerados como niños huérfanos, o niños abandonados por la guerrilla, el ejército tuvo que encontrarles una salida, un destino. Hoy convertidos en adultos desarraigados, muchos de estos niños buscan a su familia. Algunos la han reencontrado, y pueden contar la historia de los niños que el ejército “rescató”.   Read the full piece here:   VÍCTIMAS DE LA GUERRA: Los niños que el ejército se llevó ...
“Baby traffickers get death sentence in China,” IANS, 11/27/2012
“Beijing, Nov 26 (IANS) Two ringleaders of a baby trafficking gang in China have been sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve. Cai Liaochao and Chen Hongfeng, of the gang based in Ya’an of southwestern Sichuan province, were accused of selling 14 babies between July 2010 and May 2011, the Shanghai Daily reported Monday.”   Read the full story here: http://www.newstrackindia.com/newsdetails/2012/11/26/246–Baby-traffickers-get-death-sentence-in-China-.html  ...
“I-Team investigates international adoption facilitator,” ABC News, 11/20/2012
Families across the country have trusted a Santa Clara County man to help adopt Ukrainian children. But there are concerns that aren’t getting full story when it comes to the kids’ mental health. The family profiled in this story thought they were adopting healthy children from the Ukraine, a boy and a girl. They found out later the kids actually came from a mental institution and have serious problems. How could they not know before opening their hearts and their homes? Read the full story here: http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/iteam&id=8892011...
“Egypt police bust baby trafficking ring,” Herald Sun, 11/11/2012
“Egyptian police say they have broken up a child trafficking ring that sold almost 300 babies for $US570 ($A550) each or less. A police official said on Sunday officers had arrested five suspects, including two nurses and a doctor working at the Cairo hospital where the babies were sold for almost three years. Police are searching for the hospital manager who escaped arrest. The official said the network also performed caesarian operations on women who had left it too late for an abortion of an unwanted child in exchange for allowing the doctors to sell the babies, usually to couples...
“Russia breaks baby trafficking ring in North Caucasus,” Reuters, 11/1/2012
“Russian investigators have cracked a ring of human traffickers that specialized in selling babies in the country’s volatile North Caucasus region, Moscow’s Investigative Committee said on Thursday.” Read the full story: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/01/us-russia-trafficking-northcaucasus-idUSBRE8A013620121101...
“Couple can keep Nigerian baby after ‘scam’ ruling,” BBC, 10/18/2012
“A couple, who could not have children, have been told by the High Court they can keep a baby born in Nigeria, despite tests showing they were not the child’s biological parents. The mother said she was tricked by a doctor into believing she had given birth while sedated, after she went to Nigeria for fertility treatment.” Read the full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-19996987...
“Demand for Babies for Adoption Contributes To Baby Trafficking,” Malaysian Digest, 10/10/2012
“Buying of babies for adoption by childless couples contributes to the occurrence of baby trafficking in this country. Women, Family and Community Development Deputy Minister Datuk Heng Seai Kie (pic) said the other contributing factors to this racket were poverty, unpaid debts, giving birth to babies out of wedlock or just deliberate selling of babies to make quick money. Heng said according to the statistics, there were 32 baby trafficking cases recorded in the country since 2010, comprising 13 cases in 2010, 11 in 2011 and eight in the first seven months of 2012.”   Read the full article: http://www.malaysiandigest.com/news/36-local2/131982-demand-for-babies-for-adoption-contributes-to-baby-trafficking-.html...
“Agency Blamed for Pakistan Adoption Failure,” Courthouse News, 10/7/2012
“Pakistan authorities charged an American with child trafficking because her Michigan adoption agency failed to fully investigate its partner program, she claims in court. Nancy Baney says that she contacted Lighthouse Adoptions in October 2008 about adopting a child from Russia. After experiencing significant delays, however, Lighthouse president Lorien Wenger allegedly “recommended a new country program for the adoption of children from Pakistan.” Baney says she was “hesitant because she had strong heart ties to Russia after having adopted her son from that country.” Read the full article here: http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/10/02/50851.htm...
“New turn taken in Spain’s Church-orchestrated baby-snatching scandal,” Free Thinker, 10/5/2012
“AFTER the birth of a child to a Spanish couple in 1978, a Catholic nun informed the parents that the child had died, but she would not allow the father to see the body. Yesterday, a provincial court in Madrid ordered an investigation into the case, believed to be one of hundreds of child-snatchings by clerics, nuns and doctors in Spain from the 1940s until the early 1990s. Children were taken from their parents and sold to other couples. Ordering the reopening of the case, the court ruled that there is no statute of limitations on “illegal detention charges” under Spanish law.”...
Download Source Documents
DOWNLOAD: 3,726 pages of documents about the adoption agency Celebrate Children International. Source:  Florida Department of Children and Families. Total file size: 99.2 MB. File type: .pdf. | PART 1 | PART 2 | PART 3 | PART 4 | PART 5 | PART 6 | PART 7 | PART 8 | PART 9 | PART 10 | PART 11 | PART 12 | PART 13 | PART 14 | DOWNLOAD: 705 pages of documents about corruption in international adoptions between Guatemala and the United States, 1987-2010. Source: U.S. Embassy Guatemala and U.S. Department of State. File size: 83.2 MB....
“Kyrgyzstan’s intelligence agencies release corrupt scheme of foreign adoptions,” 24 KG News
GRAPHIC: 24.KG news agency “Intelligence agencies of Kyrgyzstan have released a corrupt scheme of child adoption by foreign citizens, Anti-Corruption Service under the State Committee for National Security (GKNB) informed 24.kg news agency . According to the Anti-Corruption Service (ACS), the scheme looks like: a foreign married couple pays for adoption services from $35 to $50 thousands to a firm. This sum is spent on receiving of Kyrgyzstan’s staying visa and settling of legal issues. In its turn, every foreign international adoption organization gets certificate for the right to engage in this activity in Kyrgyzstan. As to investigation, officials of the Ministry...
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  ...
8/9/2012: “Baby stolen during Argentina ‘Dirty War’ now back with biological family,” New York Daily News
“A human rights organization says it has reunited the 106th child abducted during Argentina’s 1970s “Dirty War” with his biological family. The Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo has announced that Pablo Javier Gaona Miranda has come forward over 30 years since he was separated from his parents in May 1978, BBC reported…” Read the full piece here: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/baby-stolen-argentina-dirty-war-back-biological-family-article-1.1133088...
8/6/2012: “Adopting From Africa, Saving the Children?” Think Africa Press
“The veneer of philanthropy regarding intercountry adoption is beginning to fade as issues are more broadly and better understood, and a dangerous connection to child trafficking becomes more prominent. It is worrying for Africa then that it has been dubbed the ‘new frontier’ for intercountry adoption by the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF). Despite global rates falling to a 15-year low, Africa has experienced with a threefold rise in intercountry adoption cases in the last eight years….” Read the full article here: http://allafrica.com/stories/201208061002.html...
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