Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Marshall Islands president 'pleased' with Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen's arrest

From AZ Central 

A week after Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen was arrested for allegedly running an illegal international adoption scheme in three states, the president of the Marshall Islands is weighing in. 

“Marshallese women have been induced by people like Petersen and his ilk for too long,” President Hilda Heine said in a statement late Tuesday. 

Petersen is accused of violating an international compact between the United States and the Marshall Islands that bars Marshallese women from coming to the U.S. for adoption purposes.

Investigators have reported at least 70 Marshallese births in the U.S. with ties to Petersen's private            adoption firm between 2015-2019. Petersen has been practicing adoption law since 2005. 

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