Child Trafficking, the Hague Convention on Inter-country Adoption, and the Korean Adoption System
▣ Date: Friday, July 23, 2010
▣ Time: 09:30-11:30
▣ Location: Korea Women’s Development Institute, 2nd Floor Conference Room
Greetings! For the past couple of years, KWDI has been doing research on welfare system measures for the families of unwed mothers. Closely related to the issue of unwed mothers, KWDI has prepared a forum dealing with the subject of Inter-country adoption. American Professor Dr. Smolin, one of the world’s leading scholars on international adoption scandals, will give a lecture titled “Child Trafficking, the Hague Convention on Inter-country Adoption, and the Korean Adoption System.” We hope that many of you can come and share your valuable insights and opinions.
Professor David Smolin currently teaches at and serves as director of The Center of Biotechnology, Law, and Ethics at Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama. Professor Smolin’s papers on “child laundering” – the process of selling abducted or trafficked children for international adoption by creating paperwork that makes the adoptions look ethical and legal on the surface — are widely known and quoted.
The Center for Family Policy
Korea Women’s Development Institute
|09:30~09:40||Opening Speech||Dr. Mee-jung Lee (Researcher at Korea Women’s Development Institute)|
|Moderator||Jane Jeong Trenka (Author / President of TRACK: Truth and Reconciliation of the Adoptee Community Korea)|
|09:40~10:20||Presenter||Child Trafficking, the Hague Convention on Inter-country Adoption, and the Korean Adoption System.
Dr. David Smolin (Professor at Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama, USA)
|10:20~10:50||Discussants||Dr. Eli Park Sorensen (Research fellow in the Department of Comparative Literature of Cambridge University, UK)
Rami So (Lawyer, Gongam Public Interest Lawyers Group)
|10:50~11:30||Final Debate/ Discussion|
▣ How to get to KWDI
Bulgwang station (Line No. 3 and 6). Take exit 2 and walk 300m in the direction of Gugi Tunnel. KWDI is on the left.
Bulgwangdong stop. Walk 300m in the direction of Gugi Tunnel. KWDI is on the left.
At Bulgwang station intersection, drive toward Gugi Tunnel for 300m. Make a U-turn in front of the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs to enter KWDI.
Bulgwang Subway Station is in northwest Seoul on Line 3 (orange) where the brown and orange lines meet. The station is five stops north of Gyeongbokgung (the KoRoot stop). It looks like a college campus. Walk up the hill and take a right at the first building and walk up the next hill. Go into the building on your left with the parking lot in the front.