The following memo was sent by the US Embassy to many adoption agencies regarding the status of the attorney Blanca Eugenia Martinez Luna de Arce:
This is to inform all involved in United States / Guatemala International adoptions that as of March 26, 2004, Blanca Eugenia Martinez Luna de Arce has been banned from involvement in the submission and processing of all new adoption cases with the Department of Homeland Security at the United States Embassy in Guatemala. All adoption cases already submitted will be processed but are subject to close scrutiny.
We advise all agencies to not accept any referrals from Ms. Martinez as
they will be rejected at the window.
Any attorneys or notaries found to be involved with Ms. Martinez in
attempting to circumvent this proscription will likewise be subject to
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Guatemala City Country
Office Unit 3334 APO AA34024 Tel. 011(502) 331-1541 Fax 011(502)331-4342
Guatadopt.com is trying to obtain more information on how families using this attorney can determine if their case will be allowed to proceed. We are also looking into the situation as it relates to an attorney whom families have been told their case has been transferred to as well as whether a notarial lawyer known to work closely with Blanca is also being prevented from handling cases. As information becomes available and verifiable, we will keep our readers updated.
We applaud the Embassy’s decision to take this action as a measure to protect families. While we do not know the exact reasons for the current action, we have heard many stories that lead us to believe it was a wise action.
We have received requests for a complete list of agencies who used Blanca as well as the names of associates who the Embassy may feel are too closely involved with Blanca and may thus not be allowed to work on U.S. adoption cases. We do not have such information and would not wish to incorrectly post any agency’s or attorney’s name. However, as an FYI, we do not censor our readers’ comments unless we have reason to believe that someone is posting personal attacks or untrue information…
The other day, a friend of mine played a Susan Tedeschi song for me while we were on a girl's day out (she adopted from Kazahkstan and I adopted from Guatemala, of course;-)
Susan Tedeschi is a blues singer, but one of the songs is the perfect adoption song...called "In the Arms of Another" and the album is Wait for Me. I will warn you that if you are waiting, this song will guarantee a few tears.