2012
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...
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...
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...
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