Guatemala
“I-Team investigates international adoption facilitator,” ABC News, 11/20/2012
Families across the country have trusted a Santa Clara County man to help adopt Ukrainian children. But there are concerns that aren’t getting full story when it comes to the kids’ mental health. The family profiled in this story thought they were adopting healthy children from the Ukraine, a boy and a girl. They found out later the kids actually came from a mental institution and have serious problems. How could they not know before opening their hearts and their homes? Read the full story here: http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/iteam&id=8892011...
Download Source Documents
DOWNLOAD: 3,726 pages of documents about the adoption agency Celebrate Children International. Source:  Florida Department of Children and Families. Total file size: 99.2 MB. File type: .pdf. | PART 1 | PART 2 | PART 3 | PART 4 | PART 5 | PART 6 | PART 7 | PART 8 | PART 9 | PART 10 | PART 11 | PART 12 | PART 13 | PART 14 | DOWNLOAD: 705 pages of documents about corruption in international adoptions between Guatemala and the United States, 1987-2010. Source: U.S. Embassy Guatemala and U.S. Department of State. File size: 83.2 MB....
8/14/2012 “Irá a juicio por adopción ilega,” Prensa Libre
A quick piece from Guatemala’s Prensa Libre, on the fake birthmother in the “Karen Abigail” kidnapping/ illegal adoption case in court: “Sandra Noemí Maldonado Velásquez, acusada de pertenecer a una red que captaba niños para darlos en adopción ilegal, debe enfrentar juicio por trata de personas, asociación ilícita, uso de documentos falsificados, supresión y alteración del estado civil, falsificación ideológica y usurpación del estado civil….” Link to article: http://www.prensalibre.com/noticias/justicia/Ira-juicio-adopcion-ilegal_0_755324501.html  ...
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...
US Senator, State Department Official Visit Guatemala
Today, Guatemalan newspaper Prensa Libre reports on two US officials visiting Guatemala: Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu (D) and the State Department’s Office of Children’s Issues Special Advisor Susan Jacobs. In the Prensa Libre piece, Senator Landrieu– a longtime adoption advocate and ally of adoption industry group Joint Council on International Children’s Services– is quoted as saying the following (rough translation): “If someone in the adoption system is doing wrongful things, close the agency and put them behind bars, but in my opinion, adoption processes shouldn’t be closed, because it hurts so many children.” (“Si alguien en el sistema de adopciones está haciendo...
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