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President and Congress: Stop human trafficking in Utah and end illegal adoptions!

    1. Julie Ann Harmon
    2. Petition by

      Julie Ann Harmon

      Parish, NY

The state of Utah has been well known for human trafficking for years now. If you are a mother who wishes to deny the birth father all of his legal and constitutional rights to raise his child, you either run off to Utah before the baby is born or right after. There, Utah adoption agencies freely ignore all laws regarding human trafficking and knowingly "adopt" these babies out even though they fathers have no intention of consenting to these adoptions. 

This must STOP!!! The latest case, the case of Terry Achane, is beyond horrible. Sgt Achane was married, with a pregnant wife when he was stationed as a Drill Sgt in another state. He was active in the pregnancy and was working with his command to move his wife to his new duty station while they expected the birth of their daughter. Instead, as soon as his back was turned, the woman ran off to the state of Utah and placed the child for adoption, fully knowing that the father would never consent. This adoption was facilitated by the "Adoption for Choice" agency and by Utah attorney Larry Jenkins. 

Both the adoption agency and Larry Jenkins were told by the mother that the father would not consent to the adoption. Knowing full well that they were illegally denying the father's constitutional rights, they placed the child with the Frei family, informing them as well that the father would not consent. The Frei's KNEW this as well and said they would take the risk and attempt to force the father to sign the adoption papers. 

Meanwhile, the father was desperately attempting to locate his wife and child. It wasn't until his wife contacted him that he was informed that the child had been placed for adoption against his will. He immediately contacted the agency but they refused to give him any information regarding HIS child's where abouts or the child's welfare. They, and their attorney, refused to cooperate at all.

Since then, Sgt. Terry Achane has been fighting a bitter battle through the court system of Utah to get HIS child back. However, the Frei family as well as the adoption agency and Larry Jenkins, have thrown up every single obstacle to deny him the right to raise his child. The child is now 21 months old and even though the state of Utah has ordered the child returned to her rightful and legal parent, the Frei family refuses. Full Story here http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/55401223-78/adoption-achane-agency-utah.html.csp

This isn't the first time this adoption agency (running under another name) and Attorney Larry Jenkins have involved themselves with illegal adoptions and human trafficking. The other case, the case of Baby Emma Wyatt, is just as disturbing. In that case, the baby was born in another state but rushed to Utah soon after birth against the father's wishes. The father went out of his way to assert his rights as a father and to comply with every law, but was not aware the baby had been brought to Utah. That baby too was illegally adopted and has yet to be return to her legal and rightful parent..... the birth father. Full story here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/13/AR2010041302445.html

Such stories..... and right here in the United States!! How can we, as a nation, allowed such Human Trafficking and blatantly illegal behavior to continue? How can we, as a nation, allow this? This is beyond insane. This should not be happening here.. not in this country! And yet... not only does Utah allow it, it goes out of its way to facilitate it! 

THIS MUST STOP!! Those babies.. and all other babies of illegal adoption, especially in Utah, must be immediately returned! To make a father fight for his legal and constitutional right to raise his child is disgusting! These children are not "adopted children".. they are KIDNAPPED children! We do not allow anyone else who kidnaps a child to keep them under the idea of "finders keepers" so why are we allowing it in these cases? Why are these cases even in FAMILY court and not CRIMINAL court?

Why are the federal authorities not arresting these people? Why have these kidnapped babies not been returned to their rightful parent when it is obvious the law has been broken?

I ask you all to unite with me to demand the return of these kidnapped children to the parents they were illegal stolen from and to demand of ALL lawmakers in the nation that human trafficking in this country, and especially in Utah, STOP. Stop harming children... and stop denying father's their God-given right as well as constitutional right.. to raise their children.

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    • Andrea Blevins Beger EASTPOINTE, MI
      • 5 months ago

      This is happening to my family in michigan

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 9 months ago

      All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence."

      -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

      Let us today seek to find that place within each of us where dreams are made, where our highest aspirations take shape. Let us confirm the power of our humanity by giving architecture and substance to the dreams we have for our nation, so that the promised land of social and economic justice that is within our dreams will soon be within our sight.

      -- Dennis Kucinich

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    • gerald lawson jr OAKRIDGE, OR
      • about 1 year ago

      Bcause this is what im goin through right now.my ex left to utah singd off right to my little girl kalliann lee lawson an the martenez family is trying to take my baby girl i have court on 5.20.13

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    • Joni Murray VIRGINIA, VA
      • about 1 year ago

      With all the father's out here who don't want to have anything to do with their children, these men should be allowed to be parents to their children. This is so selfish of these mothers to cut the fathers out because they don't want to be responsible and its crazy that it is even legal for all this lying and deception to be happening. Children deserve to be raised by their parents and parents deserve to be a part of the decision that comes, these mothers don't have to be a part of the kids lives, but they have no right to shut out the men that helped father them.

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    • Steve Miller IRVINE, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      I have a son in Utah somewhere, and his mother is hiding him from me.

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