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An "Unknown" Crisis
To Whom It May Concern:
I need to tell you about a worthy organization and I’m sure you will agree with me. It’s called Against Child Trafficking (ACT). ACT is like no other org I’ve ever had the pleasure to learn about. The reason ACT is so unusual is that it finds back and reunites intercountry adoptees with their families from various nations overseas.
ACT 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 Asian or African parents were given a false idea 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.
Adoptees—like me—typically wait until after we become adults or after our adoptive parents die before we seek our birth families from adoption agencies—decades into the future. By this time, some agencies have closed down; others have merged with a multi-million dollar lobby that has placed the industry’s charitable reputation over the care and protection of mother and child. The crisis is unknown in much of the world.
What You Should Know
A recent survey of adult adoptees revealed that 84% are unsure if their adoption was ethical. Legal access to adoption documents can sabotage child trafficking investigation cases. Other challenges include little to no follow-up after overseas children have been transported to the adoptive home since the child is deemed as if born to the adoptive parents.
For almost a decade, I have had the privilege to learn about child trafficking and child rights from the lead field investigator and cofounders of Against Child Trafficking. Please consider supporting a scholarship seat for at least one adoptee to attend the Adoption Trafficking Awareness Symposium, a collaboration between Adoption Truth & Transparency Worldwide Network and Against Child Trafficking.
Thank you for your consideration on this matter,
Rev. Dr. Janine Myung Ja, Philosophy
Adoption Truth & Transparency Worldwide Information Network
Researcher Adoption: What You Should Know | Curator of "Adoption Books for Adults"
Interim Director of Against Child Trafficking in the USA