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Intercountry adoption: The Hot Potato

Why secrecy in negotiating agreement with #Unicef @eu_eeas @MimicaEU @FedericaMog #transparency @EUombudsman https://t.co/0si4V7VcmL — ACT (@ACT_ACT) January 21, 2016 It is by now no secret that there is a burning issue when it comes to children’s rights. Something one should not speak about. Not touch. The “hot potato” is called intercountry adoption.

ACT’s End of Year Update

19 December 2015 Dear Friends of ACT, Please find attached our 2014-2015 Newsletter. Best wishes, The ACT-Team    

ACT Against Child Trafficking is BACK ON TRACK

6 October 2015 ACT was threatened with closure, because one of our clients refused payment for our services. But, we are glad to announce that the dispute has been settled and payment was made. And thus, ACT can continue. Don’t forget: what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger! ============================= ADOPTION LOBBY ALERT is an initiative of Against… Read more »

Fundraiser for ACT: Climbing the 02 Arena in London!

A GREAT INITIATIVE! In support of Against Child Trafficking (ACT),  Vishali Bij, Qarah Qureshi, Isha Mirza and Saba Mahmood will be raising funds towards ACT’s mission and mandate by climbing the 02 Arena on September 19, 2015.

The EU’s u-turn on childrens rights: a pro-adoption biased interpretation of key international instruments

8 September 2015 ACT’s contribution to the European State of the Union – Children’s Rights in the European Union A long story short: the European Union replaced the UN Convention with the Hague Adoption Convention.  Why? To re-open intercountry adoptions from Romania. First thing they did in 2005:  killing the professional career of their civil… Read more »

ACT in the NEWS: Foreign adoptions ‘make children commodities’

8 September 2015 PHOTO: “What is the definition of human trafficking? When there is an exchange of money for a human body, this is trafficking,” Anjali Pawar said. Excellent article by ABC Australia, reporting on ACT’s work. Mr Dohle and Ms Pawar, of the Europe-based NGO Against Child Trafficking (ACT), have long been involved with… Read more »

Kenya, another adoption scandal. The cost of Impunity.

There is a new adoption scandal. Kenya this time. It seems to never stop as the Western adoption agencies can operate with impunity. This also involves the newly created Danish Agency DIA, which is the agency created by the Danish government, out of a merger of Danadopt and AC Denmark. Why? Because of the Ethiopian… Read more »

Dutch Ministry of Justice: intercountry adoption is NOT child protection

1 July 2015 The Dutch adoption agencies sent on 27 June 2014 a set of recommendations LINK to the Dutch Minister of Justice on how to better regulate intercountry adoptions.  It is interesting reading. After numerous scandals and a decrease of some 70 % over the last 10 years, the Dutch agencies propose less monitoring,… Read more »

JCICS, US Adoption Trade Organisation closure confirmed!

Yesss! Confirmed! We saw it announced. ACT checked at the base. For those wondering who organised the yearlong “leaks” of JCICS documents, we admit: it was ACT. ACT regularly checked the JCICS website, and sloppy as they were, they often left their archive doors wide open.  For example, here their mailings to members. Read it… Read more »

Adoption Lobby Alert: JCICS – Like… Christmas in July

10 July 2014 We thank the Joint Council of International Children’s Services (JCICS) – a name which according to some of their stakeholders should be changed into International Adoption Services, for uploading some of their key policy documents.  It felt like… Christmas in July [i] Over the next days we will analyse these documents and… Read more »