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March 4, 2024
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6:30 pm
7:30 pm

Rachel Nolan: UNTIL I FIND YOU (With Casey Lurtz)

The Program in Latin American, Caribbean and Latinx Studies (LACLxS) and the Chloe Center for the Critical Study of Racism, Immigration, and Colonialism at Johns Hopkins University are pleased to welcome Rachel Nolan, Assistant Professor of International Relations at Boston University, for a conversation about her recent book, Until I Find You: Disappeared Children and Coercive Adoptions in Guatemala.

Bird in Hand is delighted to be the gathering place for this event, which is free and open to the public.

Following a brief presentation, Prof. Nolan will chat with Prof. Casey Lurtz (History, JHU) about the research and implications of her work.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Until I Find You: Disappeared Children and Coercive Adoptions in Guatemala (Harvard UP, 2024): The poignant saga of Guatemala’s adoption industry: an international marketplace for children, built on a foundation of inequality, war, and Indigenous dispossession.

In 2009 Dolores Preat went to a small Maya town in Guatemala to find her birth mother. At the address retrieved from her adoption file, she was told that her supposed mother, one Rosario Colop Chim, never gave up a child for adoption—but in 1984 a girl across the street was abducted. At that house, Preat met a woman who strongly resembled her. Colop Chim, it turned out, was not Preat’s mother at all, but a jaladora—a baby broker.

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