Adoption in the News
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...
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...
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...
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