America’s Secret War in 134 Countries

Kill Anything that Moves Tomgram: Nick Turse, Secret Wars and Black Ops Blowback [Note for TomDispatch Readers in or around New York City: On Friday, January 17th at 7 pm, Nick Turse will be discussing his bestselling book, Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam (just out in paperback), with TomDispatch regular […]

Child Catchers: adoption is very far from perfect

…Joyce does an excellent job navigating the personal stories of adoption advocates, adoptive parents and adopted children. She traces the history of adoptions to the United States in the mid-20th century at a time when millions of children were taken from their mothers due to social attitudes about unwed mothers. Her previously religious reporting makes […]

Who were the Suala Indians?

Hieron. Chiaves Richard Thornton Native American History Examiner December 29, 2013 Can you tell me something about the Suala Indians in North Carolina? I saw them on an old map. I looked them up in Wikipedia and it said that they were the same as the Joara Indians and lived near Morganton, North Carolina. However, […]

Polaris Project Releases Report on Human Trafficking Trends in the US

Since 2007, we have worked closely with local partners to help tens of thousands of callers connect with the help and services they need. As a result of the calls, emails, and online tip reports fielded by the hotline over the course of our first five years of operation, the NHTRC maintains one of the most extensive […]

Reality Check: Human Trafficking=Baby Selling=Adoption

By Trace A. DeMeyer I am an adoptee and an author and I read blogs all the time to see what other people are thinking and writing… The topic of adoption and human trafficking is slowly becoming a bigger discussion. And we need that. This comment (below) and original article happened last year. It’s worth […]

Sex Trafficking Children (boys, too)

Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States Report Brief (PDF, HTML) Myths and Facts (PDF) Briefing Slides (PDF) Every day in the United States, children and adolescents are victims of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. Despite the serious and long-term consequences for victims as well as their families, […]

Carried off: abduction-adoption in China

Read human trafficking story here: http://www.chinafile.com/carried-off-abduction-adoption …It is true that many in America’s adoption community do not want to talk about trafficking in China. I contacted nearly a dozen American adoption agencies that specialize in China adoptions for this story; all but one of them refused to comment or ignored the request entirely. The one […]

Outstanding New Paper on Federal Trust Land Acquisitions

Frank Pommersheim has published an important new paper titled “Land Into Trust: An Inquiry into Law, Policy, and History” in the Idaho Law Review. A PDF is here: 49 Idaho Law Review 519 Here is the introduction: The land-into-trust policy of the Indian Reorganization Act (“IRA”) is an express legislative attempt to undo, or at […]

Christian Alliance works to end federal law ICWA

CAICW Issues Statement on South Carolina Supreme Court Decision: Court Rules in Adoptive Couple vs. Baby Girl; Clears Way to Finalize Adoption Contact: Elizabeth Morris, Chairwoman, Christian Alliance for Indian Child Welfare, 701-430-9210, administrator@caicw.org WASHINGTON, June 18, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — Today, the South Carolina Supreme Court gave Matt & Melanie Capobianco a victory in Adoptive Couple v. […]

A conversation with adoptee Rhonda Noonan Churchill

By Trace A. DeMeyer Rhonda, your new memoir The Fifth and Final Name is captivating in so many ways. It reads like a mystery suspense novel and you are a detective. As an adoptee, you show such courage and persistence; your search to find answers and family has taken 28+ years and really still hasn’t […]

America’s Slaves Were More Valuable Than All Its Industrial Capital Combined

Thomas Piketty and Gabriel Zucman have a new paper out (PDF) about the historical evolution of wealth in a number of different prominent countries, and it features this chart for the United States that really drives home the amazing reality of America’s antebellum slave economy. The “human capital” consisting of black men and women held […]

Adoption Rights Hearing in PA

It is not everyday that you get to witness or even watch a taping of an Adoptee Rights hearing.  The video is here, look for the hearing dated July 17, 2013.  The bill is HB 162.  It seeks to restore the right of adult adoptees who were born in Pennsylvania to access their original birth […]

It Only Took 50 Years: CDC Admits Polio Vaccine Tainted with Cancer Causing Virus

by Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist on July 15, 2013 This is one of the most outrageous vaccination stories I’ve ever come across. The CDC posts on its own website that as many as 30 million Americans could be at risk for developing cancer due to polio vaccines tainted with Simian Virus 40 (SV40) found in […]

Overparenting, Emotional Availabilty and Suppressed Violence.

Overparenting, Emotional Availabilty and Suppressed Violence.. ..The violence we experience as children is so easily passed on to our children and we adoptees need to be particularly careful to address our primal wound and it’s ramifications well before we have kids, if we are able. So few of us are and do and that empty […]

Indigenous Radio you have to hear!

“First Voices Indigenous Radio” rebroadcasts on more than 40 FM radio frequencies/stations around the country for the week following each live program (www.firstvoicesindigenousradio.org). Listen to MariJo Moore discuss our new anthology UNRAVELING THE SPREADING CLOTH OF TIME on April 4 in the archive! Tomorrow at 1 pm EST, I will be a guest on the […]