Guatemala: The FIFTH Anniversary of the Kidnapping of Heidy Batz Par

April 4 (2011) marks the FIFTH anniversary of the kidnapping of Heidy Batz Par from Guatemala, she was sold into ICA, though arrests have been made in connection with this the child continues to live in the US with an adoptive family, while her family in Guatemala continue to plea for her return.

 See full story and photos: http://fsobrevivientes.blogspot.com/2011/03/cinco-anos-de-haber-sido-robadas-para.html

A CINCO AÑOS DE HABER SIDO ROBADAS PARA EL MERCADO DE LAS ADOPCIONES INTERNACIONALES, LA JUSTICIA NO LLEGA, Y SE IMPONE LA COMPLICIDAD DEL SISTEMA DE JUSTICIA

Hace cinco años, la vida cambio para Heidi, Arlen Escarleth y Angely, cuando fueron arrebatadas de los brazos de sus madres, para ser vendidas como objetos a redes internacionales de tráfico de niños y niñas para el mercado de adopciones internacionales. Desde ese día sus madres han librado una lucha incansable, para dar con su paradero, para comprender que paso, quienes fueron los que las robaron, con el único objetivo de tenerlas de nuevo a su lado, estas humildes mujeres han pasado hambre, frio, temor, desolación, y en algunos momentos desesperanza.
Estas valientes mujeres pusieron al descubierto una realidad que venía dándose desde la época del conflicto armado interno, una realidad que estaba silenciada e invisibilizada, con su lucha contribuyeron a encontrar a otros niños y niñas que habían sido robados; como el caso de Jonathan Sol, las hermanitas Alvarado Yac, Zulamita, entre otros. Así como su contribución a crear las condiciones propicias para la aprobación de la ley de adopciones, la ley contra la violencia sexual, explotación y trata de personas, y conjuntamente con la experiencia vivida por los padres de Alba Michelle y Keneth se da vida al sistema de Alerta Alba-Keneth .
Si nos damos cuenta las victimas en este país han contribuido de muchas formas a tener avances, a cambio han recibido la indiferencia del sistema, sus perpetradores se encuentran libres, mientras ellas son prisioneras de su dolor. A cinco años de luchar por la justicia, queremos reiterar como fundación y estoy segura que el pueblo de Guatemala se une a nosotras a mantener nuestro apoyo a su lucha por recuperar a sus hijas y por que los responsables sean llevados ante la justicia.

DEMANDAMOS:

1.- La participación activa de las autoridades de gobierno y de la Procuraduría General de la Nación en el proceso de recuperación de las menores. Hasta el momento se ha jugado un papel marginal, no beligerante.

2.-Que el Ministerio público y a la CICIG a que inicien las investigaciones para establecer la participación de los Ex procuradores de la nación Mario Gordillo y Portillo Merlos ya que durante su período se procedió a robar a las menores y pese a existir una denuncia en la PGN se procedió a autorizar su adopción y posterior salida del país. Así como la participación, que pudieran tener otros funcionarios de Estado tanto del ejecutivo del organismo judicial.

3.-A la Corte Suprema de Justicia, a no permitir que las personas involucradas en el delito de trata de personas continúen burlando la justicia, hasta el momento en el caso de la Sra. Loyda Rodríguez únicamente una persona guarda prisión, el resto se encuentra libre, interponiendo una serie de recursos que atrasan el esclarecimiento de los hechos y la aplicación de justicia. Pero además, ha existido negligencia por parte de los jueces al no realizar las actuaciones en los tiempos establecidos por la ley, tanto en lo penal como lo civil. Consideramos que hasta el momento se ha actuado con imparcialidad, y no con independencia judicial. Y les recordamos que ustedes fueron electos para garantizar la transparencia y el acceso a la justicia de la población guatemalteca.

4. Al Congreso de la República, urge que den paso a las propuestas de ley encaminadas a fortalecer la seguridad y la justicia en nuestro país, como la ley de Amparos, para evitar que se continúe haciendo uso indiscriminado de este recurso, que genera tanta impunidad. Si de veras, hay compromiso con Guatemala ya no más interpelaciones y pongámonos a trabajar.

5. Exigimos que todo proceso de elección relacionado al Consejo Nacional de Adopciones, se realizase en el marco de la ley de Comisiones de Postulaciones, para garantizar la transparencia y el nombramiento de personas idóneas para integrar este órgano de tanta importancia

Por Ultimo hacemos un llamado al pueblo de Guatemala a mantener su solidaridad a través de una oración, un acto de presencia, o brindándonos información sobre los involucrados en estos casos, con doña Raquel, Loyda y Olga.

Agradecemos su solidaridad y los invitamos acompañarnos los días viernes de 8 a 12 a compartir una oración y ayuno, o bien a manifestar su solidaridad, en la plaza de los derechos humanos. Los viernes 18, 25 de marzo y 1, 8 y 15 de abril, en e l marco de las actividades de la cuaresma.

Guatemala, 18 de marzo 2011.

Para conocer detalles de cada caso sigue este enlace al sitio de Fundación Sobrevivientes

IMAGENES DE LA PROTESTA REALIZADA POR LAS MADRES DE ARLENE ESCARLETH LOPEZ LOPEZ, ANYELI LISETH HERNÁNDEZ RODRÍGUEZ Y HEIDY SARAÍ BATZ PAR; ESTE 18 DE MARZO FRENTE A LA TORRE DE TRIBUNALES PARA DEMANDAR JUSTICIA

UPDATE: Arrests have been made of those involved in the kidnapping and trafficking of Heidy Batz Par: Thelma Virgina Velásquez Revolorio, age 53, and Abner Ludwing Cifuentes Peralta, age 34, have been charged and in jail for the kidnapping and trafficking and false documentation of Heidy.
The police state that they are part of a larger kidnapping ring in Guatemala. See full story and photos:
http://www.prensalibre.com/pl/2009/julio/23/330494.html

Últimas noticias
Ordenan prisión preventiva y quedan ligados a proceso pareja señalada por robo de niña
Thelma Virgina Velásquez Revolorio, y Abner Ludwing Cifuentes Peralta fueron acusados de trata de personas secuestro y sustracción agravada.
Por Prensa Libre.com
14:10 - 23/07/2009
Dos personas fueron detenidas hoy, señaladas del robo de la bebé Heidy Saraí Batz Par, quien fue arrebatada de los brazos de su madre Raquel Par.
Los sindicados rendirán su primera declaración ante el Juzgado Segundo de Primera Instancia. La Fundación Sobrevivientes, a través de su directora Norma Cruz se encuentra en huelga de hambre desde hace nueve días frente a la Corte Suprema de Justicia, junto a las madres de tres niñas que fueron dadas en adopción de manera ilegal, entre ellas Heidy Saraí. El objetivo de la medida es presionar para conseguir la nulidad en los tres casos de adopciones anómalas, debido a que las menores ya viven con sus familias adoptivas en Estados Unidos.
Según las pesquisas, las tres pequeñas fueron robadas hace casi dos años, para ser dadas en adopción. En ese momento la niña Heidy Saraí tenía 3 años.
Con información de Claudia Acuña
17:10 - 23/07/2009
El Juzgado Segundo de Primera Instancia Penal ligó hoy a proceso y ordenó prisión preventiva para una pareja sindicada del robo de la bebé Heidy Saraí Batz Par, quien en 2006 fue arrebatada de los brazos de su madre Raquel Par.
Thelma Virgina Velásquez Revolorio, de 53 años, y Abner Ludwing Cifuentes Peralta, de 34, quedaron ligados a proceso por los delitos de trata de personas, plagio o secuestro y sustracción agravada.
Según la Policía, las dos personas son presuntos integrantes de una banda que se dedica al robo de niños.
Velásquez fue capturada en la 2a. avenida y 4a. calle, zona 5 de Villa Nueva, mientras que Cifuentes fue detenido en el lote 18, sección C, Los Álamos, zona 6 de San Miguel Petapa.
Según las pesquisas, la pareja capturada robó a la niña quien, con documentación falsa, fue adoptada por una familia estadounidense. En el momento del robo la pequeña tenía 3 años.
Con información de Claudia Acuña
Prensa Libre - Edición electrónica - Portada Page 1 of 1
http://www.prensalibre.com/pl/2009/julio/23/330494.html 23/07/2009

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English Translation re: Five year anniversary of kidnapping

FIVE YEARS OF BEING STOLEN FOR THE MARKET OF INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION, THE COURT DOES NOT ARRIVE, AND IMPOSING THE JUSTICE SYSTEM COMPLICITY

Five years ago, life changed for Heidi, and Angely Escarleth Arlen, when they were snatched from the arms of their mothers, to be sold as objects to international networks trafficking in children for international adoption market. Since that day their mothers have waged a tireless struggle to find his whereabouts, to understand what happened, who were the ones who stole them, with the sole purpose of having them back to their side, these humble women have gone hungry, cold, fear, desolation, and at times despair.
These brave women exposed a reality that had been giving since the days of armed conflict, a reality that was silenced and invisible, in their struggle helped to find other children who had been stolen, as the case of Jonathan Sun Alvarado sisters for Yac, Zulamita, among others. And its contribution to creating the conditions for approval of the adoption law, the law against sexual violence, exploitation and trafficking, and together with the experience of parents of Michelle and Kenneth Alba gives life to the system Alert Kenneth Alba.
If we realize the victims in this country have contributed in many ways to have progress, a change has been the indifference of the system, perpetrators are free, while they are prisoners of their pain. Five years of fighting for justice, we want to reiterate as a foundation and I am sure that the people of Guatemala joins us to maintain our support for their struggle to regain their daughters and that those responsible are brought to justice.

DEMAND:

1 .- The active participation of government authorities and the Attorney General's Office in the recovery process of children. So far it has played a marginal role, not belligerent.

2.-That the Public Ministry and the CICIG to initiate investigations to determine the role of former Solicitor General Mario Gordillo and Portillo Merlos during his term as they proceeded to rob the children and despite the existence of a complaint PGN proceeded to authorize the adoption and subsequent departure. And participation, they may have other state officials of both the executive of the judiciary.

3.-The Supreme Court of Justice not to allow people involved in the crime of human trafficking continue evading justice, so far in the case of Mrs. Loyd Rodríguez only one person is imprisoned, the rest is free, by interposing a series of appeals that delay the establishment of the facts and the application of justice. In addition, there has been negligence on the part of judges to not take the actions in the time prescribed by law, both criminal and civil. We believe that so far has acted fairly, and not to judicial independence. And we remind you that you were elected to ensure transparency and access to justice for the Guatemalan population.

4. At the Congress, urge you to give way to proposals for laws to strengthen security and justice in our country, as the Law of Protection, to prevent indiscriminate continue using this resource, which generates so much impunity. If indeed there is no commitment to Guatemala and more challenged and get to work.

5. We demand that the process of choice relating to the National Adoption Council, would occur within the framework of the law Nomination Committees, to ensure transparency and the appointment of suitable persons to integrate this body of such importance

Finally we call upon the people of Guatemala to maintain their solidarity through prayer, an act of presence, or provide information on those involved in these cases, Mrs. Rachel, Loyd and Olga.

We appreciate your solidarity and we invite you to join us on Fridays from 8 to 12 to share a prayer and fasting, or to express their solidarity, human rights plaza. Friday 18 March 25 and 1, 8 and 15 April in the framework of the activities of Lent.

Guatemala, March 18, 2011.

English Translation: Arrests Made

Ordered in custody those that are linked to child kidnapping

Thelma Virginia Velásquez Revolorio, and Abner Peralta Ludwig Cifuentes were charged with trafficking aggravated kidnapping and abduction.
From: Press Libre.com
14:10 - 23/07/2009
Two people were arrested today, identified the theft of the baby Heidy Sarai Par Batz, who was snatched from the arms of her mother Raquel Par.
The defendants will pay his first statement to the Second Court of First Instance. The Survivor Foundation, through its director Norma Cruz is on hunger strike for nine days off the Supreme Court, with the mothers of three girls who were given up for adoption in an illegal manner, including Heidy Sarai. The objective of action is to press for the annulment in the three cases of anomalous adoptions, because the children already living with their adoptive families in America.
According to the investigation, the three small were stolen almost two years to be given up for adoption. At that time the girl was 3 years old Heidy Sarai.
With information from Claudia Acuña
17:10 - 23/07/2009
The Second Court of First Instance Criminal Court today linked process and ordered remand for a couple accused of the theft of baby Heidy Sarai Par Batz, who in 2006 was snatched from the arms of her mother Raquel Par.
Thelma Virginia Velásquez Revolorio, 53, and Abner Peralta Ludwig Cifuentes, 34, were linked to the process for the crimes of trafficking, kidnapping or aggravated kidnapping and abduction.
Police said two people are alleged members of a band that is dedicated to the theft of children.
Velásquez was captured in the 2nd. and 4th Avenue. Street, Zone 5 of Villa Nueva, while Cifuentes was arrested at Lot 18, Section C, Los Alamos, San Miguel area 6 Petapa.
According to the investigation, the pair captured the girl who stole with fake documents, was adopted by an American family. At the time of the petty theft was 3.
With information from Claudia Acuña
Prensa Libre - Desktop Publishing - Home Page 1 of 1
23/07/2009 http://www.prensalibre.com/pl/2009/julio/23/330494.html

Let's hope....

At the risk of reading like the resident Debbie Downer, let's hope these illegally obtained and transfered children were NOT put in a home like featured in the Lydia and Zariah Schatz case, where Paradise turned out to be a living hell.

Earlier in the week, the district attorney had alleged the Schatzes "took turns" holding down two adopted daughters and striking them repeatedly with the rubberized plumber's line during separate discipline sessions on Feb. 4 and 5.

The youngest girl, Lydia Schatz, age 7, died en route to the hospital.

Authorities believe the alleged beatings caused a breakdown of muscle tissue that shut down the younger girl's kidneys and other vital organs.

Ramsey maintains the deceased child was being punished for mis-pronouncing a word during a home school reading lesson by her parents. He declined to elaborate as to the source of that information.

The victim's sister, Zariah, 11, who also sustained whip-like marks and bruises to her body, according to police reports, was initially listed in critical condition.

She has since been released from a Sacramento children's hospital and "is doing nicely," Ramsey said Thursday.

The Schatzes' six biological children have been placed in foster care homes with the surviving victim and a 3-year-old girl also adopted by the ridge couple from the same African orphanage about three years ago.

Police recovered four of the rubber or plastic plumbing lines that all the children in the home told investigators were being used by their parents to discipline them, according to Ramsey.

Also seized, he said, was a book written by Michael and Debi Pearl, a Tennessee fundamentalist Christian couple, whose "No Greater Joy" ministry endorses "training" children to be more obedient to God and their parents through several means, including spanking with the plumbing implement.

Ramsey said he didn't believe the Pearls could be held criminally liable in connection with the Paradise girl's death because they had "warned against injury to a child."

The "No Greater Joy" books and CDs stress spankings should never be done out of anger, nor should result in physical injuries to a child.

In a statement issued in response to the Schatzes' arrest, Michael Pearl was quoted as saying:

"We do not teach corporal punishment nor hitting children. We teach parents how to train their children, which sometimes requires the limited and controlled application of a spanking instrument to hold the child's attention on admonition ..."

"No Greater Joy does not advocate spanking to the point of serious injury. If indeed these parents were abusive, and that has not yet been proven by the courts, it is regretful that our teachings were not able to turn them from their predisposition to abusive habits."

Ramsey noted that as a deputy prosecutor in 1982, he won murder convictions against a Chico couple, Donnie and Delores Beacham, in connection with a similar fatal beating of their young daughter with a strap.

"Frankly, I hoped I'd never see a case like this again," Ramsey said.

The Paradise couple remain in custody on $2 million bail and are due back in court March 18 to enter a plea to murder and torture charges, which could carry two life terms in prison upon conviction.

[From:  Plea entry delayed in fatal beating of Paradise girl, February 25, 2011 ]

You know how crazy overzealous those Orphan/Religious Crusades can get....it should never be assumed the adopted child is put in a home that is sweet, kind, loving and safe.  To do so may prove to be a grave mistake.

Mothers with missing children should be given a top priority.

Why is child abduction in a popular sending country not a big deal?  And since when did American's not go nuts over a abducted/kidnapping case?

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