4/12/2012: “Guatemala acuerda agilizar adopciones pedidas,” Prensa Libre
The AP and Guatemala’s Prensa Libre report that Guatemalan President Pérez Molina has agreed to accelerate the pending transition adoption cases, some of which have been “in process” since 2007.  ”La senadora Mary Landrieu y yo nos reunimos con la procuraduría de derechos humanos y esperamos resolver los 350 casos que se habían aprobado antes de la nueva ley”, dijo el presidente Otto Pérez Molina durante una conferencia de prensa. Hay 428 niños guatemaltecos por quienes familias estadounidenses habían iniciado gestiones antes de la nueva ley del 2007, que implementó el Consejo Nacional de Adopciones como entidad que centraliza todos...
4/12/2012: “Nun refuses to testify in Spain’s stolen babies scandal,” World News
An excerpt from a new piece on the Spanish baby-trafficking scandal: “An elderly Spanish nun appeared in court on Thursday to face charges of stealing babies, after claims by hundreds of women that their infants were taken from them at birth and given away in illegal adoptions. Doctors, nurses and religious workers at several clinics and hospitals in Spain are alleged to have sold babies for adoption over decades, after telling new mothers that their infants had died.” Read the full article: http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/1160185–nun-refuses-to-testify-in-spain-s-stolen-babies-scandal...
4/8/2012: “La Otra Cara de la Adopción,” Noticias Caracol (video)
The first of a two-part series on adoption in Colombia, by journalist María Lucía Fernández: “Son miles los extranjeros que llegan a Colombia para adoptar niños. “Séptimo día” investigó y encontró los errores que a menudo se cometen en estos procesos.” (There are thousands of foreigners who arrive in Colombia to adopt children. “Seventh Day” invetsigates and finds the errors they commit in this process.) The link to the full piece is here: http://www.noticiascaracol.com/informativos/septimodia/video-262202-la-otra-cara-de-la-adopcion...
4/4/2012: “Niños ‘made in Colombia,’” Noticias Caracol
A new video clip describes adoption corruption in Colombia, widely known in the US as having a “clean” adoption industry. “Este especial revelará cómo algunas familias son despojadas de sus hijos, que luego son dados en adopción a extranjeros.” (This special reveals how some families are separated from their children, who later are given in adoption to foreigners.) Link to full article: http://www.noticiascaracol.com/informativos/septimodia/video-261949-ninos-made-in-colombia...
3/21/2012: “How A Heavily-Pregnant Hostage Smashed A Greek Baby-Trafficking Ring,” Global Post
A new piece by Amy Silverstein for Global Post. An excerpt: One woman got kidnapped, escaped the kidnappers and then helped police bust a baby trafficking ring, all while she was in her third trimester of pregnancy. The 31-year-old woman came from Bulgaria to Greece during her eighth month of pregnancy, Athens News reported. Read the full piece here: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/pregnant-woman-helps-bust-baby-trafficking-ring-greece-0#ixzz1pryocNa4...
3/15/2012: “‘These women didn’t know their options’: Ontario urged to consider inquiry into coerced adoptions,” The National Post
Canada’s The National Post has an article today by Kathryn Blaze Carlson, which examines coerced adoptions in Ontario, Canada. An excerpt: “Ontario’s NDP urged the Dalton McGuinty government Wednesday to look at launching an inquiry into the province’s historic adoption practices in the wake of accusations from women who say they were coerced by social agencies, medical workers and churches into giving up their children. “I would urge the Minister of Children and Youth Services in Ontario to give serious consideration to calls for an inquiry, and to listen carefully to the views of groups representing those who have been...
3/11/2012: “‘Evil’ Kiwi sold white designer children,”
Reporter Phil Vine from New Zealand media outlet TV New Zealand with a more detailed story on the New Zealand woman who was selling “designer” babies to American couples: “Selling genetically engineered designer babies ended with a jail term for a New Zealand woman. TVNZ reporter Phil Vine reports from San Diego. An empty Starbucks cup in one hand, a picture of her dead baby in the other, Kim waits outside the Federal Courthouse in San Diego. She is watching out for New Zealander Carla Chambers…” Click here to read the full piece: http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/6555640/Evil-Kiwi-sold-white-designer-children...
3/11/2012: “Woman sentenced in SoCal baby scam,” UPI
A piece on the UPI newswire talks about the sentencing of a New Zealand woman by a San Diego judge for involvement in an illegal surrogacy ring that created and sold white babies to American parents: SAN DIEGO, March 11 (UPI) – A U.S. judge sentenced a New Zealand national to prison for her role in a baby trafficking ring that peddled the unborn children of surrogate mothers. Carla Chambers, 52, was convicted in San Diego federal court of recruiting surrogate moms in the United States and then selling the parental rights to new parents through an adoption attorney. Read the...
3/7/2012: “Tenn. Mom Who Sent Boy to Russia Must Pay Support,” ABC News
A new development in the case of the Tennessee woman who placed her adopted Russian son on a plane back to Russia with a note in his backpack: she’s been sentenced to pay child support. ABC News picked up the story from Associated Press reporter Kristin M. Hall: A judge in Tennessee has ruled that an American woman must pay child support for the adopted son she sent back to Russia. Circuit Court Judge Lee Russell approved a motion on Wednesday for default judgment against Torry Hansen, who has repeatedly failed to appear in court and at depositions. Read the...
3/7/2012: “One baby abandoned every month in Depok,” The Jakarta Post
An article today in The Jakarta Post focuses on abandoned and trafficked babies. “The Depok Social and Manpower Agency said that at least one baby was abandoned every month in Depok, West Java. The agency reported 11 babies were abandoned in 2011, up from five babies in 2010. The agency also said that thus far in 2012, four babies had been abandoned and were currently being cared for by the Bina Remaja Mandiri orphanage on Jl. Juanda, Depok…” Read the full post here: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/03/07/one-baby-abandoned-every-month-depok.html...
2/26/2012: “Child smuggling: British couple face trafficking charges,” The Express Tribune
A new piece by Shabbir Mir in Pakistan’s English-language newspaper The Express Tribune called “Child smuggling: British couple face trafficking charges” details a Pakistani-British couple’s possible involvement in a smuggling-for-adoption ring. “A Pakistani-British couple arrested in Gilgit Airport for allegedly attempting to smuggle an infant out of the country, may be charged with human trafficking, according to official sources on Saturday. The couple, Hafeez Rajab Ali and Arsh Noor, who are British citizens were arrested at the Gilgit airport when they were about to board an airplane for Islamabad. They had arrived in Gilgit a week ago to adopt an orphan...
2/26/2012: “Perfect baby for sale $150K: Calif attorney convicted for baby trafficking ring,” The Examiner
TheExaminer.com has a piece by Holly Craw looking at the Theresa Erickson surrogacy scandal, trial, and recent conviction: “Human trafficking takes many forms, and manufacturing babies brings the industry to a new realm.  Theresa Erickson, an adoption and surrogacy lawyer from California was convicted in San Diego February 22 for conspiracy to commit wire fraud related to filing of false court documents for surrogate birth arrangements.  She is subject to sentencing of five years in federal prison and fines up to $250,000 after pleading guilty to the charge….” Read the full story here: http://www.examiner.com/sex-trafficking-in-national/perfect-baby-for-sale-150k-calif-attorney-convicted-for-baby-trafficking-ring...
2/25/2012: “Adoption racket: Illegal surrogacy angle probed,” Hindustan Times
A piece called “Adoption racket: Illegal surrogacy angle probed” by Kiran Sonawane in the Hindustan Times details a surrogacy and child-selling racket in India: “The police investigating the Ulhasnagar child-selling racket said they suspected that the main accused in the case, Vijaya Sonawane and Ratna Obale, were also running an illegal surrogacy racket. Narendra Jadhav, inspector, Hill Line police station, said they were investigating all angles. Jadhav said the police were the complainants in the case and had filed an offence against Sonawane, 47, Obale, 35, Pradhan Kanojia, 40, and Babli Kanojia, 35. All four were arrested on Thursday evening. The Ulhasnagar...
2/22/2012: “Former nurse on trial for baby trafficking in Vietnam,” Thanh Nien Daily
“The Hanoi People’s Court Tuesday opened the trial of a former nurse at the Vietnam National Ob-gyn Hospital who used her position to run a baby trafficking ring. Nguyen Thi Kim Chi told the court that she had noticed many women having unexpected and unwanted pregnancies while sterile couples pined for children, so she thought of connecting the two, the Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper reported.” Read the full story here: http://www.thanhniennews.com/2010/pages/20120222-vietnam-former-nurse-brought-to-court-for-trafficking-babies.aspx...
2/21/2012: “Investigan adopción irregular,” Prensa Libre
A piece by Coralia Ornates from Guatemala’s La Prensa Libre: “El proceso, identificado como MP001-2012-20038, señala a Dominga Liseth Ordóñez Sáenz y a Sandra Éricka Jovel Polanco de falsedad material y uso de documentos falsificados. Según Sara Payes, de la Procuraduría de la Niñez, el caso se inició en el 2010 cuando la madre de un menor lo abandonó en un sanatorio. El 24 de julio del 2010, un juez de Paz le dictó el abrigo como madre sustituta a Sandra Jovel, pero tres días después le fue revocado por un juez de Primera Instancia…” Read the full piece here: http://www.prensalibre.com/noticias/Investigan-adopcion-irregular_0_650335002.html...
2/7/2012: “Laos probes sale of babies to Australians,” “Baby trafficking probe,” Sydney Morning Herald, Herald Sun
The Sydney Morning Herald and the Herald Sun of Australia are reporting that Laos has halted all international adoptions pending the results of an ongoing  baby-trafficking for adoption investigation. From the Herald: “Laos is investigating a retired justice ministry official for allegedly selling adopted babies to Australians, Americans and Canadians. The official is accused of seeking out unwanted babies in poor rural areas, obtaining adoption papers and selling the infants to foreigners for up to $US5000 each, according to a Radio Free Asia report….” Full link to the Morning Herald story: http://www.smh.com.au/world/baby-trafficking-probe-20120206-1r25x.html The Herald Sun story: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/laos-probes-sale-of-babies-to-australians/story-e6frf7jx-1226264078692    ...
2/1/2012: “Adoption Battle Over 5-Year Old Boy Pits Missouri Couple Vs. Illegal Immigrant,” ABC News
Yesterday, ABC news aired a piece by Lauren Gilger, Brian Ross, and ANgela M. Hill that shows a different side of an adoption struggle: the American adoptions of children taken from non-citizen immigrants. An excerpt: “A tug-of-war over a five-year-old boy is at the center of a national debate over parental rights and immigration, and a sign of what critics say is a growing trend in which immigrants are being deemed unfit parents because they crossed the border illegally. Seth and Melinda Moser of Carthage, Missouri say the boy they call Jamison is their son, and that returning him to...
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2/1/2012 “U.S. Department of State to delay resuming adoptions in Vietnam,” Department of State
“The United States has determined that it will not resume intercountry adoptions in Vietnam on February 1, 2012, when the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption will enter into force there. Despite Vietnam’s initiatives to strengthen its child welfare system and ensure the integrity of its domestic and international adoption process, it does not yet have a fully Hague compliant process in place. We continue to caution adoption service providers and prospective adoptive parents that, to ensure that adoptions from Vietnam will be compliant with the Convention, important steps must still take place...
1/31/2012: “Denuncian método ilegal de adopciones,” Prensa Libre
An article today by Sandra Valdéz in Guatemala’s Prensa Libre alleges that child trafficking for adoption is still occurring in Guatemala. Valdez cites a case where a teenage mother was paid 5,000 Quetzales for her child, who was then brought to the United States. She also writes that pregnant women are traveling  to other nearby countries like El Salvador and Nicaragua  to relinquish and/or sell children for adoption. “Nicolás Pacheco, presidente de la referida organización, aseguró que El Salvador, Honduras y Nicaragua son algunos de los países hacia donde viajan mujeres embarazadas para dar a luz y dar a los niños...
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