Cambodia: Adoption Investigation

01/2004

Adoption Investigation

A grand jury has indicted Lynn Devin, owner and operator of Seattle International Adoptions, and her sister Lauryn Galindo, adoption facilitator, on numerous counts of visa fraud. Ms. Devin pleaded guilty on December 3, 2003 to conspiracy to commit visa fraud alleging she falsified documents in order to obtain visas for children being adopted through her agency. Ms. Galindo voluntarily surrendered on January 8, 2004. The indictment alleges that between January 1997 and January 1999 Galindo conspired to obtain visas for Cambodian children who were being adopted by parents in the United States falsely representing either the identity of the children or the fact that the children were abandoned or true orphans. The charges are part of an ongoing investigation into adoption fraud. The government plans to take no action which would jeopardize the residency status of children in the United States who are considered to be victims of the fraud.

Families that wish to contribute additional information to the investigation may contact JCICS at (703) 535-8045 or at jcics@jointcouncil.org. We can assist the party in contacting the Department of Justice investigator.

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