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Finding Fernanda: Two Mothers, One Child, and a Cross-Border Search for Truth
     

Finding Fernanda: Two Mothers, One Child, and a Cross-Border Search for Truth

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by Erin Siegal
 

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What began as Erin Siegal’s 2009 Master’s project as a Fellow at the Stabile Center for Investigative Reporting at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism evolved into a complex investigation of $30,000 U.S. dollars, four Guatemalan “orphans,” one nonprofit evangelical Christian adoption agency, a family-run

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What began as Erin Siegal’s 2009 Master’s project as a Fellow at the Stabile Center for Investigative Reporting at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism evolved into a complex investigation of $30,000 U.S. dollars, four Guatemalan “orphans,” one nonprofit evangelical Christian adoption agency, a family-run child-trafficking ring, one infant cut from her unconscious mother’s womb, two tiny missing sisters, and a nine-member Tennessee family who believed wholeheartedly in Christian love and faith—until the dark side of international adoption shattered their trust. Siegal reveals the heart wrenching story of how one poor Guatemalan woman, Mildred Alvarado, ultimately reunited with her kidnapped daughters against all odds—and how the American housewife slated to adopt one of those children, Elizabeth Emanuel, accidentally became a reformer dedicated to an ethical adoption system.

FINDING FERNANDA sheds light on the highly politicized landscape of Guatemala’s adoption industry, a multi-million dollar trade that was both highly profitable and barely regulated. Children have been stolen, sold, and placed as orphans in corrupt international adoptions to well-intentioned Western parents ever since the industry began in the 1980s, yet the governments of Guatemala and the United States repeatedly proved unwilling and incapable of regulating the baby trade. Of the 100,000 children adopted into the United States between 2004 and 2008, over 20,000 were Guatemalan.

With help of documents obtained via Freedom of Information Act requests, leaked emails, and key sources inside both the Guatemalan and U.S. governments, Siegal’s research traces one compelling case of corruption in detail from start to finish. Along the way, the mechanisms surrounding “orphan laundering” are illuminated, including the roles of baby-finders, caretakers, judges, government officials, and more. This cadena perpetua, or perpetual chain, involves everyone from Guatemalan judges to U.S. embassy officials.

Provocative as it is captivating, FINDING FERNANDA an overdue, unprecedented look at how adoption corruption occurs-- and a poignant, riveting human story about the power of hope, faith, and determination.

Editorial Reviews

Francisco Goldman
‎”Finding Fernanda may be the most illuminating book about abuses in international adoptions yet written. This is not just fearless public service journalism, but also a moving, acute, gracefully-written work of story-telling. Erin Siegal is an extraordinary young journalist.” —Francisco Goldman, author of Say Her Name and The Art of Political Murder
Wayne Barrett
"Fernanda's story carries us into the darkest regions of the human heart... Erin Siegal has written a saga of seduction and betrayal so sinister that anger pushes you from page to page. Rarely has an investigative reporter unveiled so compelling a narrative of motherhood from Guatemala to Tennessee."--Wayne Barrett, investigative journalist and author of Trump: The Deals and the Downfall and Rudy!: An Investigative Biography Of Rudy Giuliani
Cathryn Jakobson Ramin
"Oh, what a story. It is hard to believe that such things go on in this world of ours, but Erin Siegel has woven a lively, well-researched and cautionary tale that is a must-read..." --Cathryn Jakobson Ramin, Author of New York Times best seller, Carved In Sand: When Attention Fails and Memory Fades in Midlife
E. Benjamin Skinner
"Erin Siegal peels back layers of deception to reveal a twisting and engrossing saga of two deeply wronged mothers and the girl they both claimed. Her brave account is chilling, and should be required reading for policymakers and anyone who cares about children." --E. Benjamin Skinner, 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Author, A Crime So Monstrous: Face-To-Face With Modern-Day Slavery

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013628038
Publisher:
Cathexis Press
Publication date:
11/01/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
318
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Erin Siegal is a 28-year-old writer and photographer. Her work has been published in various publications, including by Time magazine, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, BusinessWeek, Reuters, the New York Times, and many others. She is a current Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Reporting at Brandeis University. Finding Fernanda is Siegal's first book.

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Finding Fernanda 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
History-Researcher More than 1 year ago
International human trafficking - Kidnapped babies - Corrupt judicial systems - Sophisticated cartels that ruthlessly protect a huge international criminal enterprise. These are the issues of the day that this book exposes like no other has before. Don't be fooled by the "soft-sounding" title -- it's more like a great "page-turner" crime thriller than simply a story about the adoption aspect. It pulls you in to a world of dark intrigue as you "follow the money"; a very serious and highly professional exposé of an alarming criminal presence that has been ignored and swept under the rug by the powers that be. After reading this book, you will not be able to ignore it any longer...
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I had no idea things like this happen in todays world but they do. The stregnth of the families involved could be felt by reading this book.