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Below are some news articles compiled by the Schuster Institute about adoptions from Colombia.

“Baby Trafficking Ring Operates in Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Israel,” November 30, 2003,

An Israeli citizen who manages a Costa Rica adoption agency faces an INTERPOL detention order as a suspect in the trafficking and kidnapping of babies as well as the murder of one child in his care who died from lack of medical attention in Colombia.

Rolf Salomón Levy Berger, also known as Rafael Leyva or Rafael Levy, founded the International Adoption Resources Foundation in Costa Rica to facilitate international adoptions despite the fact that he was not certified to do so. This same agency has offices in Boca Raton, Florida, where Levy is the “international coordinator”.

Levy, who resides in Miami Beach, Florida, faces a Colombian arrest warrant for illegal actions between the year 2000 and 2002. In the INTERPOL report, he also is accused of the theft of babies.

“Ring in Columbia Kidnaps Children for Sale Abroad,” Warren Hoge, August 16, 1981, The New York Times.

The authorities have uncovered a multimillion dollar international ring in which hundreds of poor Andean children were kidnapped or bought from their mothers and sold under forged birth certificates and adoption papers to childless couples from the United States and Europe.

NOTE: This page from the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism website offers documentation of and background about serious irregularities in international adoption. For the systemic analysis of corruption in international adoption, please read “The Lie We Love,” Foreign Policy magazine, Nov./Dec. 2008, and visit our webpages dedicated to international adoption. For ideas about fairer policy solutions, please read “The Baby Business,” Democracy Journal, Summer 2010.

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