BREAKING NEWS: Adoption Attorney Susana Luarca in Custody

Breaking: Susana Luarca in Custody
May 6th, 2011 Erin Siegal/

Susana María de la Asunción Loarca Saracho, known to many Americans by her pen name “Susana Luarca,” has been taken into custody (“captured”) at her residence in Zone 10 of Guatemala City a little over an hour ago, at approximately 4:45 p.m. Police officers, CICIG investigators, and agents from the Ministerio Público were present for the arrest.

Loarca’s arrest follows an April 19, 2011 decision by the First Penal Court of Guatemala City to overturn a prior arrangement made by the Third Court of Appeals, which allowed Loarca to remain free on bail and house arrest. She is being charged with conspiracy, trafficking in persons for illegal adoption and use of false documents.

The case against Loarca, informally known as “the Asociación Primavera case” or “the Primavera case” to Guatemalan investigators, involves a network of at least seven people who will face criminal charges related to illegal adoption and human trafficking of the child known as Karen Abigail López García. There is also an arrest warrant out for Marvin Josue Bran Galindo (known as Marvin Bran), who first offered “Karen Abigail” as an adoptable orphan to the US adoption agency Celebrate Children International. His whereabouts are currently unknown.


Press Release: Lawyers Involved in Illegal Adoptions

Below is a rough google translation.

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Capture Lawyers in illegal adoptions

Guatemala, May 6, 2011. Susana Maria Asunción Loarca Saracho, accused of leading a network dedicated to handling illegal adoption process, was captured today in her residence located at 3rd Street and 3rd Avenue in Zone 10.

After an operation in the aforementioned direction, the lawyer was apprehended at 16:45 pm, by officers of the National Civil Police and prosecutors of the Special Prosecutor, CICIG Support (UEFAC) and 6 of the Public Ministry Agency (MP).

The Fourth Court of First Instance Criminal Court ordered the arrest of Loarca on charges of conspiracy, trafficking in persons for illegal adoption and use of false documents. This after the Third Board of Appeal of the Court of Appeals rescinded alternative measures for Loarca Saracho, considering that there is risk of flight and obstruction to the ascertainment of truth.

The MP unions to Loarca Saracho leading a criminal organization that worked with the Association Primavera to deal with illegal adoptions. The syndicate was free to have been benefited by that court to arrest, hold and pay a deposit of Q150 mil.

However, the MP and the plaintiffs CICIG and Survivors Foundation challenged this decision in the Third Board of Appeals on April 19 reversed the alternatives. Loarca was transferred to the Court of First Instance for Criminal Matters.

In this case the lawyer was also captured Alma Beatriz Valle Flores de Mejía on April 6, after the Chamber of the Court of Criminal Appeals rescinded the alternatives.

In this process there are seven other persons prosecuted for their alleged involvement in adoptions handled illegally.

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