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 "Anatomy of an Adoption Crisis,", September 12, 2010

"The Baby Business," Democracy Journal, Summer 2010

"The Lie We Love," Foreign Policy magazine, Nov./Dec. 2008




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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.

News Reports of Adoption
 Irregularities in Mexico

"Mexico Case Reveals Vast Human Trafficking Scheme," Erin Siegal, February 28, 2012,

"Irish couples distraught over Mexican adoption scam," Dara Kelley, January 25, 2012,

"Irish couples quizzed over Mexican 'adoption' scam," Anne-Marie Walsh and Gerard Couzens, January 16, 2012, Belfast Telegraph.

“Police: Mexican shelter employees abused residents,” May 20, 2010, The Associated Press, Macedonian International News Agency.

Mexico City—Five employees of a shelter for the homeless, mistreated and addicted are under investigation for allegedly sexually abusing residents and forcing them to perform unpaid labor, abort pregnancies and give their children up for adoption, police said Thursday.

“3 Mexican Doctors Accused of Selling Newborns,” November 4, 2009, The Associated Press, Fox News.

Mexico City—Three doctors and a nurse have been arrested for allegedly selling newborns after telling mothers their babies had died at a private hospital in Mexico City, authorities said Wednesday.

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