Adoption Trafficking Awareness Symposium

Photo credit: Melissa Trejo (Siblings trafficked in 1987 from Colombia, adopted to the United States)

Did you know children are being trafficked from China, Colombia, Chile, Haiti, India, Paraguay, Guatemala, the U.S., and Korea for adoption purposes? 

We protect local and global families from the crisis of adoption trafficking.

Night
line Mi Niño  Chile's Stolen Children:
Meet Tyler Graf who will be on the panel at the Adoption Trafficking Awareness Symposium. 
Video 1:  ABC NEWS Juju Chang dives into Tyler Grafs journey to return to Chile to reconnect with the mother he never knew 

Video 2: ABC NEWS Man stolen from birth using DNA kits to help fellow adoptees 


The Adoption Trafficking Awareness Symposium is dedicated to Tinan Leroy, who passed away from heart failure, and all adopted people who have died from abuse, murder, and suicide. Tinan was a passionate salsa instructor, choreographer, saxophone player, and physics teacher.  RIP 1979-2014
An excerpt from Adoptionland: From Orphans to Activists

This is the story of Manasseh who never wanted to be called Christophe.

"I was born in Haiti in 1979 and adopted in 1984 by a single French woman. The story of my abandonment then boiled down to a few vague lines and other falsehoods written in my adoption file. It wasn't until 2002 that I managed to find my Haitian family and only then that I learned the truth about my adoption.

"In a few hours, my first name, my country, my mother was changed... I lived in a poor family in Haiti. My name was Manasseh at the time and I was only four and a half years old. Overnight, I landed in France, in a country I didn't know, with a new mother who renamed me, Christophe. I was lost.

In 1984, my Haitian mother did not abandon me. She entrusted me to a boarding school for a short period of time, to improve her financial situation, as had 39 other mothers in the area.  She was deceived into signing an 'abandonment for adoption' paper.  Like the majority of Haitian mothers at the time, she could not read. When she came back for me, I was gone. Disappeared, kidnapped! The facility was empty and the staff was absent. She never knew where I had been taken.

It was expected that a permanent relationship would be maintained between the adoptive French family and the Haitian one, except that the children who were adopted to France never returned to Haiti! Haitian parents had very little information about their children, or about their French guardians, and contact was cut off after only a few months.  Wisly, who was supposed to serve as a bridge between the two countries and the two families, vanished.

Between 2002 and 2003, I returned to Haiti. I took up the responsibility of financing the education of my newly-discovered little brother and sister. I felt compelled to take on the burden for my family and all to go well yet, despite our regular exchanges, I felt more and more foreign and alienated from my homeland.

Rumors also circulated that children had died or had been used for organ trafficking. From all of those who went missing at the time, only the two oldest children from the nursery managed to return to Haiti as adults to find their families. I was the third to take advantage of this opportunity but, among the three children who returned, no one has been able to find information about their other missing children. 

I met more Haitian mothers of adoption loss, the victims of child trafficking still left behind.  they shared their pain, but also their hope, with me. I promised to look for their roughly forty missing sons and daughters once I was back in France. This recovery mission has become my raison d'etre." 

Want to join us in making a difference? I'm raising money for the Adoption Trafficking Awareness Symposium, an educational event planned for the Summer of 2022 in Washington State, and any donation will help make an impact.  We protect U.S. Citizens and global families from the crisis of adoption trafficking. Thanks in advance for your contribution to this cause which means so much to us.

Would you like to attend the Adoption Trafficking Awareness Symposium in Washington State on June 18th, 2022? Get your seat here.

Indian parents are desperate for their children back.


Against Child Trafficking USA also helps parents of missing children—some of these children were abducted from neighborhoods, transported to orphanages—as if abandoned by their parents—and then legally processed for overseas adoption. They are then advertised as “orphans” or “abandoned”. This is child trafficking for the purpose of intercountry adoption otherwise known as Adoption Trafficking by those of us most hurt by its aftermath.
 
Many parents (in all continents) were given false information of what adoption is and are still waiting decades for their children’s return. Some are poverty-stricken and stigmatized as 'birth' parents; therefore, wishes for reunion go ignored. Another problem is the adoption industry fiercely reduces the severity of their loss, rejects the painful aftermath, thus the grief is unacknowledged. Devastatingly, investigations are often resisted by the industry's special interest groups which result in no chance for reunions.

More information about Against Child Trafficking USA:
In the effort to protect unsuspecting and vulnerable families worldwide, Against Child Trafficking USA was formed to educate the public on the crisis of adoption trafficking. Recently formed ACT USA is a registered 501c 3 and now accepting donations in the effort to:

  * enable field research and investigate cases

  * develop and spread educational materials

  * organize and participate in human trafficking-based forums and related fields

  * provide professional and peer support for victims of child trafficking
  • Shane Hope 
    • $250 
    • 9 d
  • Kyung Sook Haveland 
    • $100 
    • 10 d
  • ELENA ELOSEGUI 
    • $200 
    • 11 d
  • Mary Taylor-James 
    • $100 
    • 28 d
  • C Linehan 
    • $25 
    • 29 d
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Fundraising team: ACT USA Team (4)

Jenette Yamamoto 
Organizer
Raised $1,500 from 2 donations
Auburn, WA
Against Child Trafficking USA 
Registered nonprofit
Donations are typically 100% tax deductible in the US.
Chris Carr 
Team member
Jennifer Phoenix 
Team member
Nora Gateley 
Team member