Thursday, September 20, 2012

SB 416: Creating More Korean Orphans

S.B. 416 "North Korean Refugee Adoption Act" is about to be voted on. This bill is a travesty that will create more Korean orphans to market.

This article, The Fiction of the North Korean Refugee Orphan, explains exactly what this bill proposes and why it is an evil plot to exploit using words as weapons to redfine children as faur ganme for baby brokers, all coated in sugary charitable language:
Recently fast-tracked to the House floor, HR 1464 (“The North Korean Refugee Adoption Act of 2011”) has passed the House. Exploiting the rhetoric of humanitarian rescue, the bill identifies North Korean hunger as the problem and proposes U.S. adoption of North Korean children as the solution, making the figure of the hungry North Korean orphan a matter of U.S. legislative concern.  ....  Modeled on a failed series of North Korean human rights bills that stretch back to 2003, the North Korean Refugee Adoption Act of 2011 proceeds from an outdated portrait of on-the-ground conditions and distorted premises. Empirically speaking, the bill misrepresents the reality of the children whom it purports to help. As a placeholder for children who are, by and large, not North Korean, not refugees, and not orphans, the “North Korean refugee orphan” is a dangerous fiction whose elastic license with the truth imperils the welfare of the children this legislation stands to impact. The bill’s alarmist image of “thousands of North Korean children [who] are threatened with starvation or disease” does not, in point of fact, correspond to the reality of the children who—albeit often poor and sometimes in the care of a grandparent—actually have families, have household registration papers, attend schools, are relatively well-nourished, and are Chinese citizens. Strategically loose on the supply-side details, this bill risks instrumentally construing these children as adoptable when, in fact, they are not. Far from ensuring the best interests of the child, as specified by international protocols, including the Hague Adoption Convention to which the United States is signatory, the North Korean Refugee Adoption Act, if passed, will give legitimacy to practices that shift U.S. adoption policy toward child laundering more here.


If you wish to take action on this bill it that action needs to happen VERY SOON :-)
Below is a list of members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and links for contacting them. I got squashed for time and so didn't include phone numbers for all but you can find them on the links.
Contacting your U.S. senator would be enormously helpful -- by phone today or tomorrow, if possible, and then if you can follow up with an email message by the end of the weekend...that would be GREAT!  Here's the list:
Senator Johnny Isakson GA
Senator John Barrasso WY
Adoptivrefather, Samford University law professor and reknowned expert on child trafficking for adoption, David Smolin writes:

I am writing to support...opposition to HR 1464, The North Korean Refugee Adoption Act. I have been tracking this law for some time. As a law professor I find this legislation particularly ill-conceived and dangerous. For all those who have worked to provide some safeguards in intercountry adoption for children and families, this law is a frightening conception, for it supplies a broad end-run around normal nationality, immigration, and Hague safeguards. The proposed law defines “large numbers” of children under the ill-defined labels of “de jure or de facto stateless refugees” and “stateless, orphaned children,” and proposes alternative intercountry adoption procedures that strip out the basic protections of nationality. Although focused on “North Korean” children in North Korea, China, and South Korea, the law instructs the State Department to search for “stateless, orphaned children” of all nationalities throughout the globe. The law baits us with visions of starvation and disease in North Korea that have little or no relationship to the proposed “solution” of new intercountry adoption procedures....

I do not doubt that there are some good intentions behind this law, but nonetheless HR 1464 would create a terrible precedent. In that way, its negative significance could go beyond the particulars of the situation its title addresses. 
David Smolin

CALL TODAY!!  Tell your legislators to stop intefering in N. Korea and instead to fiocus on the half nmillion in U$ foster care, more than 100,000 of whom COULD be adopted!!!


Moonstar said...

This is very sad, this is more abut filling a demand then it is
about caring for orphans.

And to make matters worse, this story was released just recently.

A newborn baby girl, was just recently found abandoned on the side
of the road of Afghanistan, by
Polish soldiers.

A lot of the comments on the article are horrifying!
Some people are comparing this baby girl to Moses,
but I can't find those comments at this time.

This is just 3 of the many comments quoted.

"God is watching over this little girl. I hope she's adopted by a good, loving family."

"I would like to believe that the mother put the baby where she would be found by troops of the US or it's allies in order to give that little girl a future that Afghani females can only dream of. Bless the mother for wrapping and putting her precious daughter where she had a chance of being rescued and removed from that environment."

This last one is the comment that bothers me the most.

"This is very sad, because Islam really doesn't allow adoption. You can be a trustee for a child, but it's never really your child. They also most certainly don't allow the child to be adopted outside their religion. Blood ties are VERY important to them. With this poor baby being both a girl, and an orphan in every sense of the word, she stands a very poor chance of survival. The best she can hope for is that someone becomes her trustee, and takes her in, and keeps her as a virtual slave for the rest of her life. With no blood ties, and being female, she will be the lowest of the low, not suitable for marriage. Precious baby, I wish I could have her. :0("

They are comparing legal guardianship and honoring blood ties,
to slavery! And the whole "I wish I could have her" is just sick!
Rather then feeling bad for this baby girl,
they just can't wait to get their greedy hands on her!

One person commented saying she should be adopted
within her country, so she can learn about her
culture. But that comment got a lot of thumbs down.

Lucille said...

Moonstar, what do you think should happen to the Afghan baby girl? If they can find some family member who is willing to take her in, great - but if not, is there any reason she should stay in Afghanistan?

Mirah Riben said...

All children have a right to remain in their culture and attempts at domestic adoption should always superseded and take priority over international adoption. IA should always be a last resort! that is according to the UN, UNICEF, SOS for Children and many other NGOs who work on the ground with families in need.

The whole family needs services, not just plucking one child while leaving the rest in poverty. that's accomplished very little but to fill a demand for a child as a commodity to make someone happy.

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