Guatemala: Violence Against Women and Force, Fraud, and Coercion, Including Child Abduction Into Adoption and A New System Emerging (Chapter 4 in From Intercountry Adoption to Global Surrogacy: A Human Rights History and New Fertility Frontiers).
Rotabi, Karen Smith. Bromfield, Nicole F.
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This chapter discusses the rise in adoptions in Guatemala during the mid-2000s, the prevalence of adoption fraud and violence against women, and pressure from human rights organizations to confront illicit adoptions that led to an intercountry adoption moratorium. Information is provided on the corrupt system of intercountry adoption, historical factors that impacted Guatemala and the human rights catastrophe, the involvement of organized crime and human-trafficking dynamics in children abducted for adoption, and the impact of poverty on the vulnerability of birth mothers. 2 tables and numerous references.
Intercountry adoption; ETHICS; BLACK MARKET ADOPTION; cross cultural studies; birth mothers; poverty; human rights; Guatemala; WRONGFUL ADOPTION; ADOPTION FRAUD; Woman abuse