The U.S. Embassy Cables
“Both alleged mothers met untimely and violent deaths soon after our investigation…” US Embassy Guatemala cable, June 1995
An excerpt from a June 1995 Cable from the US Embassy in Guatemala to Secretary of State in Washington, US Embassy Mexico, US Embassy Guangzhou, ARA Central America, American Consulate Rio de Janeiro, US Embassy  Moscow, American Consulate Madras, US Embassy Bucharest, US Embassy Asuncion, & INS Washington DC. Subject: “The Integrity of Int’l Adoptions and service to AmCits (American Citizens)” “We can now state unequivocally, but sadly, that there are instances of child stealing in Guatemala. In recent meetings with Emboffs (Embassy officials), Guatemalan Deputy Attorney General for Children’s Issues Carmela Curup Chacon, and Director of Criminal Investigations for the Public Ministry, Estuardo Solorzano...
“David v. Goliath, or birth mothers v. attorneys” -US Embassy Guatemala, 1996
From a November 1996 US Embassy cable: “…According to US immigration law, a child whose mother refused to voluntarily consent to an adoption clearly would not qualify as an “orphan.” As such, when a birth mother changes her mind and refuses to sign a relinquishment for the Embassy it generally means that the case has reached the end. Yet, for the mother herself, her refusal to relinquish the child often means her problems are just beginning. While some Guatemalan attorneys will willingly return the child to its mother, other make the process extremely difficult, if not impossible, by pressuring, threatening,...
Concerns about Cliff Phillips and Sandra Gonzalez (Casa Quivira directors), US Embassy Guatemala, 1993
A cable from 1993 seems to foreshadow the August 2007 raid on Casa Quivira, a private nursery in Antigua run by American Clifford Phillips and his Guatemalan wife, Sandra Gonzalez. Fourteen years before Phillips and Gonzalez were arrested by Guatemalan authorities, the US Embassy had taken note of”problematic adoption cases” they had brought to the Embassy, noting that they weren’t “totally convinced that the current problems only reflect naivete.” Read the full cable (4-page .pdf) here: http://findingfernanda.com/documents/oct-93.pdf The following news clips contain background on the 2007 Casa Quivira raid: August 12, 2007. “Officials rescue 46 children from alleged illegal adoption agency,” by...
“…The great unanswered question has been what happened to the children.” -U.S. Embassy Guatemala
Excerpts from a February, 1995 cable from the US Embassy in Guatemala: “Post has been using DNA genetic testing in adoption cases for more than 18 months now, and thought it would be beneficial to share both our criteria for requesting testing as well as the results themselves with the Dept. and interested Posts. Specifics on cases with negative DNA results will be included in thorough adoption fraud cable to be reported SEPTEL… [Editor's note: SEPTEL is shorthand for "separate telegram."] …In the worst of cases, our suspicions remained just that, suspicions, since there was no true means of biologically...
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