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 WATCH THE FULL SHOW HERE: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/perilous-journey/     Saturday, January 18, 2014, at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT,  the investigation and the book “Finding Fernanda” will be featured in an hour-long CBS special episode of “48 Hours” called “Perilous Journey.” Featuring investigative journalist Erin Siegal McIntyre, Betsy Emanuel, Mildred Alvarado, Alvarado’s children, and much more. Here’s the press release about the show, as published by Scoop: “Maureen Maher and 48 Hours investigate the sometimes-shady business of international child adoptions and the lengths families will go to bring children home to the United States in “Perilous Journey,” to be broadcast Saturday, Jan. 18 (10:00 PM,...
5/15/2012: “Guatemala mom to ask US court help on adopted girl “
Another update in the Karen Abigail case: “A Guatemalan mother who says her child was stolen and later turned over to a U.S. couple for adoption said Tuesday that she will go to a Missouri court seeking to get her daughter back now that the U.S. State Department has said it doesn’t have jurisdiction to help return the girl…” Read the full article here: http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_20631164/guatemala-mom-ask-us-court-help-adopted-girl...
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Associated Press reports US “won’t return adopted girl snatched from Guatemalan mother;” Loyda Rodríguez may sue
Today, the Associated Press reports, the spokesperson for Guatemala’s Ministry of Exterior Relations, Celeste Alvarado, stated that the United States has presented a diplomatic note refusing to return the child now known as “Karen Abigail” to her mother in Guatemala. The objection, the AP reports, is based on the fact that neither Guatemala nor the United States were party to the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction at the time of the girl’s kidnapping in 2006. When the girl left Guatemala on December 9, 2008 alongside adoptive parents Timothy and Jennifer Monahan, both countries had ratified the treaty. UPDATE: 5/15/2012: A...
5/14/2012: “Guatemala: US gov’t says it won’t return adopted girl who was snatched from Guatemalan mother,” Associated Press
There’s a bit of breaking news in the Karen Abigail case this afternoon. This article (which was published in Spanish as well as in the shortened English version linked below) says the following: According to Celeste Alvarado, spokesperson for Guatemala’s Ministry of Foreign Relations, the United States has informed Guatemala that the Monahans will not be returning “Karen Abigail,” also known as Anyelí Rodríguez, the stolen daughter of Loyda Rodríguez. “A Guatemalan official says the U.S. government has said it won’t return a girl adopted after being snatched from her Guatemalan mother in 2006, because the two countries had not signed...
5/14/2012: “EE.UU. no devolverá a niña guatemalteca adoptada irregularmente,” ElPeriódico
There’s a bit of breaking news in the Karen Abigail case this afternoon. The article says this: According to Celeste Alvarado, spokesperson for Guatemala’s Ministry of Foreign Relations, the United States has informed Guatemala that the Monahans will not be returning “Karen Abigail,” also known as Anyelí Rodríguez, the stolen daughter of Loyda Rodríguez. “Un funcionario guatemalteco que el gobierno de Estados Unidos ha dicho que no devolverá a una niña que fue adoptada después de que fue arrebatada de su madre en Guatemala en 2006, debido a que ambos países no habían firmado para entonces la Convención de La Haya...
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Inside the Courtroom: Anyelí Rodríguez/ “Karen Abigail” Human Trafficking Sentencing
Video from Prensa Libre, reported by Antonio Ixcot, photos by Érick Ávila, video by Daniele Volpe:   And here’s a long clip of the judges reading the charges and sentence, posted by the nonprofit providing free legal counsel to the mother of the stolen child, Loyda Rodríguez:...
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Asociación Primavera lawyer, director found guilty of human trafficking in “Karen Abigail” case
UPDATE: The verdict from Guatemala is in. Both women have been found guilty of human trafficking, document fraud, and criminal enterprise (“asociación ilicita”). Valle Flores de Mejia received a sentence of 21 years in prison. Noriega Cano will serve 16. Both women have been ordered to pay Loyda Rodríguez and her husband Dayner Hernández 100,000 Quetzales (about $12,800 USD) in damages. The media has picked up the Associated Press piece about the verdict, and you can read it here at Newsday: http://www.newsday.com/news/nation/guatemala-sentences-2-in-us-adoption-case-1.3270090. ___ This morning, Timothy and Jennifer Monahan of Liberty, Missouri appeared on the CBS Early Show. They spoke about the...
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Guatemalan Organized Crime Investigators Tracked Migration Records for Sue Hedberg & CCI clients
Official orders, date July 10, 2009, from Guatemalan prosecutor Oscar Rivas from the Human Trafficking section of the Ministerio Público’s Organized Crime Unit, asking the country’s Dirección General de Migración to provide copies of electronic records tracking the movements of Timothy Monahan, Jennifer Monahan, and “Karen Abigail” Monahan in and out of Guatemala. And another official order, dated July 3, 2009, from the same Guatemalan prosecutor from the Ministerio Público’s Organized Crime Unit asks for copies of records related to the movements of “Susan Hedberg,” the director of the adoption agency Celebrate Children International. These requests don’t mean that the Monahans or...
Mention: The Atlantic Wire
An August 19, 2011 piece in the Atlantic Magazine’s Atlantic Wire mentions “Finding Fernanda” in its first paragraph. Oddly, the write-up, which is about how the Karen Abigail case has made waves in the US adoption community, has a photo of Olga López– NOT Loyda Rodríguez, mother of “Karen Abigail”– at the top. Oops. Perhaps all Guatemalan women look similar enough to the Atlantic Wire? Hard to believe they don’t factcheck their blog… An excerpt from the piece, “Guatemalan Court Order Rattles Foreign Adoption Community,” by Adam Martin: “The story about a young, missing Guatemalan girl whose mother searched for her for...
Raquel Par sits alongside authorities from the Ministerio Público and Guatemalan Attorney General's Office (PGN) during the August 16, 2011 hearing. Photo courtesy Fundación Sobrevivientes.
12-year Human Trafficking Sentence in the Heidy Par / “Kimberli Azucena” Kidnapping for Adoption Case
This week, the morning of August 16, 2011, the Second Tribunal Court of Criminal Sentencing in Guatemala City, Guatemala held a hearing related to the abduction of Heidy Saraí Batz Par, a baby believed to have been sold into an adoption network. Heidy, the daughter of Raquel Par Socop and Marco Batz Tucubal, has been missing since April 4, 2006. According to a case briefing prepared by their lawyer in 2009, Par and Batz have been married for 24 years and have a total of eight children together. The Ministerio Público (Guatemalan Ministry of Justice) has offered financial compensation for tips and information related...
8/12/11: ElPeriódico on False Documents in “Karen Abigail” case
“Cuenta regresiva para anular documentos falsos” (“Countdown for the Annulment of Falsified Documents) by  Magdalena Medina, published in ElPeriódico, August 12, 2011. “Con una resolución histórica, el Juzgado Tercero de Instancia Civil anuló el proceso de adopción de la niña Angelí Rodríguez y ordenó su repatriación. En un plazo menor de dos meses la niña debería estar en Guatemala junto con su madre, Loida Rodríguez, estima la Fundación Sobrevivientes. Se cree que se encuentra en San Louis, Missouri. Claudia Hernández, subdirectora de la Fundación, querellante adhesivo en el caso, explicó que en el plazo de cinco días hábiles el Registro...
8/8/11: Loyda Rodríguez Addresses the Media in Guatemala
Loyda Rodríguez, mother of the abducted child Anyelí Liseth Hernández Rodríguez, answers questions from the press today inside the offices of Fundación Sobrevivientes in Guatemala City, Guatemala. A little over a week ago, a Guatemalan judge ruled that the American couple who adopted Anyelí believing her to be an orphan must return her. [read more] During the press conference, Loyda sat just outside of the office of Sobrevivientes director Norma Cruz, in front of a perpetual shrine to the Virgin of Guadalupe. Every time I’ve ever visited the foundation, there’s been a scattering of offerings at the Virgin’s feet: roses, candles,...
8/3/11 DOCUMENTS: Court Ruling in “Karen Abigail” Case
SOURCE: Press release, August 2, 2011, emailed to Erin Siegal from Fundación Sobrevivientes...
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