2011
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....
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        ...
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...
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/...
11/17/2011: “Fewer Babies Available For Adoption By U.S. Parents,” NPR
Today, an NPR piece by Alan Greenblatt details the current situation of international adoption. An excerpt: “…Evidence of corruption within Ethiopia’s adoption system means the Franklins and other American and European couples are facing much longer wait times and greater difficulty in bringing children back from that country. Adoption agencies and orphanages there are closing fast. Just in the past year, the number of U.S. adoptions of Ethiopian children has dropped 30 percent. It’s become a familiar story in the world of international adoption. The nations that traditionally have sent the most children to the United States, including South Korea,...
11/7/2011: “46 more children with parents identified in Sulur orphanage,” Times of India
An excerpt from an article in the November 7, 2011 edition of the Times of India, “46 more children with parents identified in Sulur orphanage,” by P. Sreedharan: “COIMBATORE: The ongoing probe into the alleged international child trafficking racket involving an orphanage here after 23 Nepalese children were found in their custody under the guise of orphans has become murkier. The Child Welfare Committee probing into the institution has identified and sent 46 more children to their rightful parents so far. More such cases are expected to crop up in the coming days claimed officials involved in the process. Majority of these children were from Assam...
11/4/2011: “Baby trafficking ring in China busted,” AFP
Today, both the Associated Press is reporting that another baby-trafficking ring in China has been busted by authorities. This one was based in Shanghai. An excerpt from the AP wire piece, picked up by USA Today: “Police in Shandong province’s Zoucheng city found last month that 17 infants had been sold in the city to Chinese buyers, the Global Times newspaper said. Police rescued 13 of the babies and sent them to welfare centers, and a search is under way for the other four, the paper said. …Chen said baby boys could be sold for up to 50,000 yuan ($7,730), while the...
10/28/2011: “The Indian preacher and the fake orphan scandal,” The Telegraph U.K.
An article from the October 28, 2011 edition of the U.K. newspaper The Telegraph, “The Indian preacher and the fake orphan scandal” by Dean Nelson, details a child trafficking scam in Nepal and India. “Parents paid a child-trafficker more than £100 to take their daughters to good schools in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, but instead they were taken more than 1,200 miles to Tamil Nadu, southern India. At the Michael Job Centre, a Christian orphanage and school in Coimbatore, they were converted to Christianity, given western names and told that its charismatic founder, Dr PP Job, was now their father.” Read the...
10/27/2011: “Shelbyville woman who sent boy back to Russia gets sued ,” The Tennessean
An article entitled “Shelbyville woman who sent boy back to Russia gets sued,” by Jennifer Brooks ran in today’s edition of the Gannett newspaper The Tennessean. An excerpt: “A Shelbyville woman who put her adopted son on a one-way flight back to Russia is being sued for child support. The agency that placed the 7-year-old Russian child with Torry Hansen filed suit, arguing that simply shipping the boy back to Moscow with a note pinned to his jacket does not terminate her parental rights. Attorneys for both sides will meet at Bedford County Circuit Court this morning for a hearing...
10/24/2011: The ‘Enabling Violation’ of International Adoption, NYT Opinionator Blog
An excerpt from Drucilla Cornell’s Opinionator piece, “The ‘Enabling Violation’ of International Adoption,” in the October 24, 2011 New York Times: “On April 24, 1993, I legally adopted my daughter in Asuncion, Paraguay. I will never forget that day. I was a complete nervous wreck. Our adoption was being expedited because the first free elections in decades were to be held that spring, following the 35-year rule of the dictator Alfredo Stroessner, who was ousted in a military coup in 1989.  There was much uncertainty as to whether the election would even take place, and concern that another military coup...
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:...
10/16/2011: “300,000 babies stolen from their parents – and sold for adoption,” Mail Online
An October 16, 2011 article at London’s Mail Online talks about a new BBC documentary about baby trafficking by the Catholic church of Spain. The new film will air on BBC2 this Tuesday, at 9:00 a.m (I’m guessing that’s British time!) An excerpt from the article: “Up to 300,000 Spanish babies were stolen from their parents and sold for adoption over a period of five decades, a new investigation reveals. The children were trafficked by a secret network of doctors, nurses, priests and nuns in a widespread practice that began during General Franco’s dictatorship and continued until the early Nineties....
10/10/2011: “Court orders El Salvador to investigate children’s disappearances,” LA Times
The October 10, 2011 edition of the LA Times online has an article called “Court orders El Salvador to investigate children’s disappearances,” by Ken Ellingwood. “Human rights advocates are hailing an international court decision ordering the government of El Salvador to fully investigate the cases of hundreds of children who disappeared during the nation’s civil war three decades ago. The Inter-American Court of Human Rights, based in San Jose, Costa Rica, found rights violations in the cases of six youngsters who vanished after being taken away by soldiers in 1981 and 1982. One of the six children, Gregoria Contreras, 4 years old...
9/29/2011: “La Adopción es un Acto de Amor” (Adoption is an Act of Love), Prensa Libre
  A September 29, 2011 article in Prensa Libre called “Adoption is an Act of Love” by Sandra Valdez profiles an adoptive couple from Guatemala: “Al adoptar sabemos que el niño que llegará a nuestra casa quizás no tendrá el color de nuestros ojos o de piel, pero sí sabemos que necesita cariño, el amor de una familia, y por eso es que lo adoptamos”, afirma Rudy Zepeda, del Consejo Nacional de Adopciones (CNA). Se trata de una decisión para dar y recibir amor, así lo expresa Berta Divas, de 48 años, quien, con el apoyo de su esposo, Julio...
9/29/2011: “China denies int’l baby trafficking reports,” Associated Press
“China Denies International Baby Trafficking Reports,” Associated Press, September 29, 2011. An excerpt: “Officials in south China’s Hunan province have dismissed claims that more than a dozen babies were seized from parents who violated the country’s one-child policy and sold to orphanages who arranged to have them adopted overseas. A four-month investigation into the allegations, first reported in May by the Beijing-based Caixin Century magazine, found no evidence of baby trafficking in Hunan’s Shaoyang city, said an official from the Hunan press office in the provincial capital of Changsha who would give only his surname, Zuo. However, investigators did uncover...
9/22/2011: “Adoption Is Not a Solution for Poor Children” by E.J. Graff
E.J. Graff’s blog over at the American Prospect talks about Dr. Jane Aronson and adoption today: “Here’s what matters most: Aronson told the adoption lobby that adoption is notthe solution for the world’s needy children. She asks: Why did we create such a marvelous bureaucracy to improve international adoption practices and not pour some of that money into the welfare of mothers in these countries?Substitute “families” for “mothers”—some of those children are living with grandmothers, sisters, or cousins—and that’s the right question. Although UNICEF is often quoted as saying that there are 163 million orphans today, few people understand that the vast...
9/20/2011 “Government Plans Fresh Changes in Armenian Child Adoption Rules,” Azatutyun
A fairly long and in-depth  article by Emil Danilelyan for the Armenian press agency Azatutyun was published on September 20, 2011, entitled “Government Plans Fresh Changes in Armenian Child Adoption Rules.” The piece discusses new regulations related to international adoptions from Armenia, apparently aimed at cutting out intermediaries and “adoption brokers.” The top two grafs of the piece: “The Armenian government is planning to make fresh and potentially far-reaching changes in its rules and procedures for international adoptions of children from Armenia following an RFE/RL report suggesting that they may still be riddled with corruption. Relevant proposals drawn up by...
9/19/2011: “Vietnam ‘ready to sign up to adoption convention’”, The Irish Examiner
“It has emerged that following discussions between the Irish and Vietnamese authorities, Vietnam is preparing to ratify the Hague Convention on inter-country Adoption.” Here’s the full link: http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/vietnam-ready-to-sign-up-to-adoption-convention-521111.html#ixzz1YnRg2ddo...
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