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

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

A compelling, dramatic narrative of how an American housewife discovered that the Guatemalan child she was about to adopt had been stolen from her birth mother, shedding light on the alarming and growing problem of international adoption fraud.

Over the past five years, over 100,000 children were adopted into the United States, 20,000 of whom came from Guatemala. Finding Fernanda, a dramatic true story paired with investigative reporting, tells the side-by-side tales of an American housewife who adopts a two-year-old girl from Guatemala and the birth mother whose two children were stolen from her. Each woman gradually comes to realize her role in what was one of Guatemala's most profitable black-market industries: the buying and selling of children for international adoption. Finding Fernanda is an overdue, unprecedented look at adoption corruption--and a poignant, riveting human story about the power of hope, faith, and determination. 


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807001431
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 05/15/2012
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 312
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Erin Siegal is an investigative journalist and photographer. Her writing and photography have been published in such publications as the New York Times, Time magazine, Curve, Newsweek, Mother Jones, Rolling Stone, and with Reuters. She has collaborated on projects with NGOs such as the Urban Justice Center, Human Rights Watch, and the United Nations, and, in 2009, her reporting on adoption corruption resulted in a fellowship with 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.