Against Child Trafficking USA
Supports the work of AGAINST CHILD TRAFFICKING (ACT). Since 2008, ACT provides the evidence that inter-country adoption is a legalised form of child trafficking. ACT is critical of the Hague Adoption Convention as it results in a legalised market in children (see Perverse Effects of the Hague Convention).
In 2014 ACT USA was formed and is a registered 501c 3 and now accepting donations in the effort to:
01. ENABLE FIELD RESEARCH AND INVESTIGATE CASES
02. DEVELOP AND SPREAD EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS BASED ON THE CORRECT INTERPRETATION AND PROPER IMPLEMENTATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD (UNCRC)
03. ORGANIZE AND PARTICIPATE IN HUMAN TRAFFICKING BASED FORUMS AND RELATED FIELDS
04. PROVIDE PROFESSIONAL AND PEER SUPPORT FOR VICTIMS OF CHILD TRAFFICKING
is a civil servant of the European Commission since 1983, gives an insider’s look into the adoption kitchen, where the most used ingredients are political pressure and emotional blackmail.
THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE ROMANIAN 'ORPHANS'
01. Post kept a diary on her work for the European Commission that aimed to help Romania reform its child protection. She soon found out that the intercountry adoption system in place was nothing short of a market for children, riddled by corruption. After international criticism this practice was halted temporarily.
02. When redrafting laws, it became clear that in Romania’s reformed child protection there was neither place nor need for intercountry adoptions.
03. Worldwide, a nexus of adoption agencies, adoptive parents and politicians are use their powers to ensure that intercountry adoptions continue. Often they are successful. However, in Romania they were not.
04. The Romanian government, with support of the European Union, stood firm and took the decision to no longer export their children. A decision the adoption industry continues to challenge since 10 years.
From Asia to Africa and beyond, journalist Nelufar Hedayat goes under the radar tracking down black markets in Fusion’s newest series, The Traffickers, to learn how guns, babies, even human organs are bought, moved, and sold to the highest bidder.
In this exclusive look at the first episode, Nelufar begins her journey in America, which adopts more children from overseas than all other countries in the world put together. But ominous forces lurk beneath many of these joyful unions.
The DARK SIDE OF international adoption
It’s meant to help the world’s most vulnerable children, but sometimes the business of international adoption can turn children into commodities. In this episode of The Traffickers, Nelufar Hedayat investigates the intersection of adoption and the illegal market.
Often adoption starts out with good intentions, but the desire to adopt internationally can lead to the exploitation of some of the world’s most vulnerable children. In this episode of The Traffickers, Nelufar Hedayat learns that money meant to care for children who are being adopted doesn’t always end up in the right hands.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nelufar visits a school and center for abandoned children. Here she meets the woman in charge, who tells Nel how she convinces parents to relinquish rights to their kids.
Vulnerable families in developing countries are being torn apart by an international traveling “circus” of adoption agencies catering to families in the West. The latest target is the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Gift of HOPE
No parent should ever have their child stolen to meet the intercountry-adoption market demand. Through our Family Reunification Program, you can help bring together parents with their taken children. In most cases, the children are adults by the time they have learned the truth about their origin.
Not only are children’s rights violated, such as the right to know one’s own birth identity and family, but also women and indigenous communities are exploited.
What We're Looking For
01. Gift of Hope supports the most vulnerable families targeted by adoption traffickers. Your Gift of Hope helps us address the specific vital needs of families whose children were taken for adoption-trafficking purposes— needs that have been ignored by the self-regulated adoption industry.
02. Your Gift of Hope will provide a safe and supportive reunion for mothers, fathers, and families of loss to finally reunite with their children—children who have been stolen for adoption purposes and are now adults.
03. All efforts should be made to keep families together. Through our global network of on-the-ground experts and partnerships, we work to reunite children with their rightful families. We never promote or sever children from their original family. Unlike profiteers, we respect all human rights declarations and conventions..
04. In order to fill the demand for children, profiteers tend to target at-risk and vulnerable families. We believe that adopted people should have a right to access to their personal birth information, including adoption documents and original birth certificates. We also know that truth and transparency have the power to prevent the oppression of more families.
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