Update on the Guatemala Kidnapping and American Adoption of Karen Abigail Monahan

By Mirah Riben

In December 2014 I reported on the Guatemala kidnapping of Anyeli Liseth Hernández and her US adoption by Timothy and Jennifer Monahan of Liberty Missouri who named the child Karen Abigail.

Susana Luarca, aka Susana María de la Asunción Luarca Saracho who was charged with criminal association, human trafficking, and the use of forged documents in 2013, was recently sentenced to 18 years in a Guatemalan prison for arranging the illegal adoption of Anyeli.

In addition, the judges ordered the immediate activation of an international alert Alba-Keneth alert – similar to our Amber Alerts – of Anyeli Hernández Rodríguez and all the names that are known to the child.

Loyda Elizabeth Rodriguez, Anyeli’a Guatemalan mother said they will fight to have their daughter back and he will not rest until she does.

Norma Cruz, head of the Fundación Sobrevivientes (Survivors’ Foundation), has also pledged to continue the processes needed for the recovery of the child, who lives with her adoptive family in the United States.

The kidnapped child remains with the Monahans, the American family who adopted her.

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Mirah Riben
MIRAH RIBEN is author of two internationally acclaimed books: "shedding light on...The Dark Side of Adoption" (1988) and "The Stork Market: America’s Multi-Billion Dollar Unregulated Adoption Industry" (2008). She has also authored dozens of articles. Riben has been researching, writing and speaking about the need to reform and de-commercialize American adoption practices since 1980. She writes and lectures to expose corruption, coercion, exploitation, and the commodification and trafficking of children for adoption. As a proponent of human rights with a focus on the rights of mothers, fathers, children, and families in crisis, Riben supports family preservation and opposes all profiteering in adoption and falsification of original birth certificates. Published articles and presentations at: works.brepress.com/mirah_riben

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