Well that didn't take long.
Today, the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) issued a press release confronting Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu on the statements she made yesterday to the Guatemalan press. CICIG asked the senator to provide evidence to supports her apparent disagreement (“las pruebas en las que se sustenta para descalificar el contenido”) with some of the content of their Adoption Report (released in English earlier this month). CICIG also asked Landrieu to state her position regarding the “numerous adoptions of boys and girls who have been illegally abducted from their biological parents.”
Will the senator respond? The press release can be viewed on the CICIG website here. Much of it defends the accuracy of their research, and it states some findings:
“En su informe, la CICIG logra determinar el modus operandi de redes de delincuencia organizada trasnacional dedicadas a la trata de niños/as mediante adopciones ilegales…. Asimismo se detectaron casos concretos en que los representantes y/o facilitadores de las agencias internacionales de adopción en Guatemala tuvieron conocimiento del origen ilícito de los niños/as dados en adopción y sin embargo continuaron los procesos ilegales mediante pruebas de ADN alteradas, engaño y amenaza a madres biológicas, y la utilización de documentos falsos.”
[ROUGH TRANSLATION] In their report, CICIG successfully establishs the modus operandi of transnational organized crime networks involved in trafficking children via illegal adoptions…. Specific cases were found where the Guatemalan representatives and/or facilitators of international adoption agencies were aware of the illicit origin of the children being placed for adoption, and yet continued illegal processes containing altered DNA evidence, deception and threat towards biological mothers, and/or the use of false documents.
The Adoption Report is well-documented, with a thick end section of attachments and evidence. It also has extensive footnotes and citations throughout. When I first read it, the research and conclusions aligned with many of my own, drawn from independent investigative reporting. To me, the question that emerges is this: who’s providing information to Senator Landrieu?