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Chilean Adoptees Worldwide (CAW) is an organization which has only recently got into activity but has some important points they pursue.
First of all, it is an organization which strives to be a platform for all Chilean Adoptees, all over the world. Eliminating the country borders where Chilean adoptees have gone to. The idea is to unite in a single platform which so far did not exist.
The reason to have set up this platform is due to recent developments in the country. Since February 2018, there is a criminal investigation going on led by Ministro en Visita, “Mario Carroza” of the Appeal Court of Santiago. He is a judge with a significant amount of experience in regards to Human Rights cases and is appointed by the Supreme Court of Chile to handle this investigation.
He investigates the irregular adoptions which have taken place in the country. In Chile there is a history of babies being taken away from their mothers right after birth. However, it is not limited to babies or newborns only. We have come across cases of children being as old as 9 years when subtracted from their families. In Chile, this phenomenon is referred to as Illegal Adoptions and Child Trafficking and today we know that the whole public system in Chile was involved.
Doctors, midwives, hospitals, social workers, lawyers and judges, the child protecting authority and the civil registry have been proven to be involved. But also nuns, priests, and even ambassadors and consuls are being identified as being involved in these practices.
CAW is following the actualities very closely and is today connected with important work teams through the countries. We are working close with the team of Mario Carroza and his team. We are following the Investigation Commission very closely which was recently set up within the Chamber of Deputies and looks at the administrative part where the Chilean State has failed to protect these mothers and children. Why are files not on hand anymore and how is it possible that inscriptions of birth do not exist anymore so that adopted children, even within Chile, are unable to find their biological parents.
We are speaking with mothers and adoptees who have been victimized by these child trafficking operations and with people in politics from deputies to senators. We have been invited by the Investigation Police PDI to play an important role in their investigations. The PDI receives their orders directly from the office of Mario Carroza. We are trying to be included into the realisation of a new law about to be created which will be an answer to our double identity (completely different to a double nationality). We are raising awareness by speaking with radio stations on a national and on an international level.
The Investigation team of Ministro Carroza is identifying the procedures behind the child-trafficking practices and looks to identify those involved in order to have them stand trial. The amount of official claims received in 2018 has already surpassed the amount of 10.000 individual cases. Unofficial numbers are going as far as 20.000 cases, however, this is not a confirmed number.