1/30/2012: “Barring of Two U.S. Adoption Agencies by IHNFA,” Department of State
“The U.S. Embassy in Honduras informs citizens that the Instituto Hondureño de la Niñez y la Familia (IHNFA ) has barred two U.S. adoption agencies from the local adoption process, effective immediately.  The IHNFA will no longer approve adoption requests filed by families  who utilized the agencies to facilitate the adoption of a local child, as the agencies are no longer registered in Honduras.  Only adoptions approved by the IHNFA can be processed for Immigrant Visas, as the IHNFA is the Government of Honduras’ Central Adoption Authority. The following U.S. adoption agencies are no longer accredited in Honduras: 1.            Living...
1/27/2012: “Victims of Spain’s baby-theft policy demand full probe,” AFP
From the AFP today: Victims of a baby-stealing policy approved by Francisco Franco’s dictatorship demanded Friday that Spain’s attorney general’s office fully investigate the alleged theft of hundreds of newborns. Three organisations that fight for the stolen children and their families delivered a petition with 89,666 signatures, calling on the attorney-general’s office to stop shelving inquiries and reopen ones already closed. Over 1,400 cases of newborn babies who were allegedly taken from their mothers in hospitals and ended up with other families have been filed with the office over the past year and most have been shelved, according to the...
1/26/2012: “Ex-US diplomat testifies in Argentine baby thefts,” Associated Press
An excerpt from an article by Debora Rey and Michael Warren of the Associated Press: “A former U.S. diplomat testified Thursday that American officials knew Argentina’s military regime was taking babies from dead or jailed dissidents during its “dirty war” against leftists in the 1970s, and it appeared to be a systematic effort at the time. Elliot Abrams testified by videoconference from Washington in the trial of former dictators Jorge Videla and Reynaldo Bignone and other military and police figures accused of organizing the theft of babies from women who were detained and then executed in the 1976-1983 junta’s torture...
1/23/2012: “‘Stolen Babies’ Trial Awaits U.S. Documents,” Womens eNews
An excerpt from a piece by Kelly Hearn today in Women’s eNews: “BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (WOMENSENEWS)–In a major trial here, the government is accusing 11 former leaders of the military junta of systematically appropriating infants belonging to some of the 30,000 citizens who were killed for being deemed “leftist subversives” during the so-called Dirty War from 1976 to 1983. The trial, expected to close this year, is being closely watched by a group of women now in their 80s or 90s, known as the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo. For 30 years they have driven a very public effort to find...
1/15/2012: “Eleven Irish families quizzed in Mexico over adoption ‘racket,’” Mail Online
In today’s Mail Online, an article by Sheila Flynn and Gerard Couzens looks at a child-trafficking bust in Guadalajara, México. An excerpt: “Seven Mexican babies have been seized from Irish couples after ­police in Guadalajara smashed an international child-­smuggling ring. Officials said the couples believed they were following proper adoption channels but that the babies were actually being sold by their mothers. Up to 11 Irish families were being questioned this weekend in connection with the scam, centred in the Guadalajara region of central Mexico, where four local women have been arrested.” Read the full article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2086844/ELEVEN-Irish-families-quizzed-Mexico-adoption-racket.html...
1/3/2012: Kathryn Joyce on Reporting on Adoption Issues in Ethiopia
More on Joyce’s work here: http://pulitzercenter.org/education/meet-kathryn-joyce-adoption-boom-and-fraud-ethiopia...
12/21/2011: “How Ethiopia’s Adoption Industry Dupes Families and Bullies Activists,” The Atlantic
A feature published today in the Atlantic, by Kathryn Joyce, is entitled, “How Ethiopia’s Adoption Industry Dupes Families and Bullies Activists.” An excerpt: “In 2008, a 38-year old Oklahoma nurse whom I’ll call Kelly adopted an eight-year old girl, “Mary,” from Ethiopia. It was the second adoption for Kelly, following one from Guatemala. She’d sought out a child from Ethiopia in the hopes of avoiding some of the ethical problems of adopting from Guatemala: widespread stories of birthmothers coerced to give up their babies and even payments and abductions at the hands of brokers procuring adoptees for unwitting U.S. parents....
Review: Parents for Ethical Adoption Reform (PEAR)
Parents for Ethical Adoption Reform (PEAR) has posted a review by PEAR board member David Kruchkow on their website. An excerpt: “What Siegal has done with Finding Fernanda that makes her book a must-read is take a purely journalistic approach to the story she presents. She reports on what she learned without passing judgment. The reader can draw his own conclusions about motives, about who the good guys are and who the bad guys are, and the conclusions become devastatingly obvious. Stories like this are by their nature very convoluted, and Siegal does an amazing job of making the twists and...
DECEMBER 16, 2011: Update from the Department of State: Conference Call + Notice of Processing Plan for CNA cases
From the Department of State: “This Adoption Notice is a follow up to the Notice of September 27, 2011. The Government of Guatemala’s Consejo Nacional de Adopciones (CNA) has agreed to a process for certain adoption applications pending under the CNA’s processing authority. The U.S. Department of State and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will contact affected families to provide detailed information regarding the next steps. We anticipate that the CNA may identify additional cases for processing at a later time. The general outline of the planned process is as follows: The CNA will initiate the process by providing...
Book Review: “Finding Fernanda” in the Miami Herald
The Miami Herald says that Finding Fernanda is “comprised of heavy-duty investigative reporting and compelling personal testimony.” Here’s an excerpt from their great review: “But the book — comprised of heavy-duty investigative reporting and compelling personal testimony — also examines another mystery: How could so many people in Guatemala and the United States turn a blind eye for so long to an industry that, far from being motivated by the altruistic urge to unite needy children with loving families, has become a world where adults dole out children like cards from a deck and view their young lives as little...
12/10/2011: “Niños Sin Rastro,” RTVE
There’s a new Spanish news documentary called “Children Without Faces,” produced by the media outlet RTVE in Spain. Here’s their description of the piece: “Las redes de crimen organizado extienden sus tentáculos sobre la trata de seres humanos y la explotación infantil casi al mismo ritmo que las adopciones internaciones se convierten en negocios rentables en los países menos desarrollados. Cada vez hay más casos de adopciones, que parecen dentro de la legalidad en el país de origen, pero que esconden historias dramáticas de secuestros de menores. Un ejemplo es Guatemala: Es uno de los países del mundo con mayor porcentaje...
12/8/2011: “Over 600 Arrested in China’s Biggest Child Trafficking Raid,” Daily Motion; Reuters
This video report was published by Daily Motion December 8, 2011: Over 600 Arrested in China’s Biggest Child… por NTDTV   Reuters also ran a report, entitled “China cracks down on child trafficking”: Chinese authorities have arrested over 600 people and freed 178 children as part of a nationwide crackdown on child trafficking. In southeastern China, police raid houses – arresting people suspected of buying and selling children. http://www.reuters.com/video/2011/12/08/china-cracks-down-on-child-trafficking?videoId=226480362        ...
Interview on CBS Radio News
Dan Raviv, CBS Radio News correspondent, calls Finding Fernanda “a moving story” and says it will “really tug at your heartstrings.” To listen to Raviv’s interview with me, click here: http://audio.cbsradionewsfeed.com/2011/12/05/22/05CBSNEWSINTERVIEWRavivwithErinSiegal_1801_1971925.mp3...
12/3/2011: “Lawyer jailed for international ‘baby-selling ring’ which charged American couples more than $100,000 for a child,” Daily Mail
“A former lawyer has been jailed for five months for her part in an international baby-selling ring that paid women to have babies to sell. The first of three women who pleaded guilty to the scheme, Hilary Neiman, 32, from Maryland was sentenced on Thursday and condemned for preying on couples. She was ordered by U.S. District Judge Anthony Battaglia to forfeit $133,000 – profits that prosecutors said she made from her role in the fraud, reports the San Diego Tribune.” Read the full piece: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2069555/Lawyer-jailed-international-baby-selling-ring-charged-American-couples-100-000-child.html#ixzz1fXLe9G12...
12/2/2011: “Moscow knocks U.S. for “silence” on dead Russian child,” Reuters
“Russia’s children’s rights commissioner Pavel Astakhov criticised U.S. authorities for not informing Russia that an American man had been acquitted of the murder of his Russian-born son. In November a jury in U.S. state Iowa decided that Brian Dykstra was not guilty of second-degree murder following the death of his 21-month year old son Isaac in 2005, U.S. news reports said. “The American authorities have only now informed us (of this case). For almost six years they were silent and said nothing. It is inexcusable,” Astakhov told Reuters in an interview.” Read the full article here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/02/us-russia-usa-adoption-idUSTRE7B12FF20111202...
Interview, Tiny Spark/ Chronicle of Philanthropy
The premier of the Tiny Spark: Igniting Debate about the Business of Doing Good podcast, sponsored by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, features an interview with adoptive mother Jennifer Hemsley as well as with myself. It’s a moving show, and the comments on the Tiny Spark website reflect that. Listen online or download it here: http://www.tinyspark.org/podcasts/adoption/ The Madeline Brand show on Los Angeles NPR station KPCC also did an interview with Tiny Spark founder & host Amy Costello– you can listen to her talk about the show’s premier here: http://www.scpr.org/programs/madeleine-brand/2011/11/29/21550/the-unintended-consequences-of-international-adopt/...
Book Review: “Finding Fernanda” in the Christian Science Monitor
A lengthy new review in this week’s Christian Science Monitor says of Finding Fernanda, “…Reads like a mystery novel, but the facts it reveals are hauntingly true… Siegal does a fantastic job of breaking down a complicated story… “Finding Fernanda” is a gripping read that offers glimpses of hope in what was an otherwise heartbreaking system.”   It’s hard to imagine anyone could dupe a mother into giving up her child for adoption. And it’s tough to relate to a housewife who adopts so many children from abroad that her family swells to nine people. But in Erin Siegal’s debut book, Finding...
11/25/2011 “Foreign adoption rules place lives on hold,” CBS News
For Thanksgiving, the CBS Evening News has a segment on American families waiting for in-process adoptions to culminate. Click to watch the segment: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57331060/foreign-adoption-rules-place-lives-on-hold/...
Feature Q & A, The Crime Report
The Crime Report has a front-page feature on Finding Fernanda today, an in-depth Q & A about the book. The full piece is available here: http://www.thecrimereport.org/news/inside-criminal-justice/2011-11-babies-for-sale-looking-at-the-adoption-industry-in...
TV Appearance: NBC Connecticut
 I’ll be talking about my book with Yvonne Nava from NBC channel 30 in my home state of Connecticut today, around 11:15 am EST!...
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