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CICIG Responds to Senator Landrieu
Well, that didn’t take long. Today, the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) issued a press release confronting Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu on the statements she made yesterday to the Guatemalan press. CICIG asked the senator to provide evidence to supports her apparent disagreement (“las pruebas en las que se sustenta para descalificar el contenido”) with some of the content of their Adoption Report (released in English earlier this month). CICIG also asked Landrieu to state her position regarding the “numerous adoptions of boys and girls who have been illegally abducted from their biological parents.” Will the senator respond? The press release...
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...
Hearing on the López kidnapping
Arlene Escarleth López, one month old. Photo courtesy Olga López. A hearing took place today at the Ministerio Público, related to the September 27, 2006 kidnapping of Olga López’ daughter Arlene Escarleth. Fundación Sobrevivientes, the nonprofit women’s rights organization giving legal counsel and support to Olga, posted the video below to their YouTube channel this afternoon. At the hearing, all passport records for the year 2007 were shown to Olga López by the Ministerio Público. Esberto Giovanni Granados, currently in jail after being charged with human trafficking and “falsedad ideológica” (misrepresentation/ falsification), asked for the charges against him to be revised to lesser...
Update on Adoptions from Ethiopia
Today, the Department of State announced the results of their trip to Ethiopia on January 18-21, 2011. You can check out the 24-page presentation they put together by clicking here to download the .pdf. Some of the main points are as follows: -The purpose of the trip was to review the Ethiopian adoption program in light of growing concerns about its operation and a lack of oversight -Various areas of concern were identified that suggest there “may be inappropriate activity” in terms of how children are identified as available for adoption. -Some of the “vulnerabilities” in the process are document...
Susana “Luarca” in Court
Charges of human trafficking, using fraudulent documents, and running an illegal association (Asociación Primavera) were presented today in Guatemala in court against Susana Maria de los Angeles Loarca Saracho (known as “Susana Luarca” to many American adoptive parents). The Ministerio Público is investigating and prosecuting this case with the help of CICIG, the Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala. The next court date is scheduled for October 2011. According to Fundación Sobrevivientes, she paid a fine, received house arrest, cannot leave Guatemala, and has to sign her name to the “book” in the Ministerio Público office every 15 days. Photo of hearing by Fundación Sobrevivientes...
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