Please note Elizabeth and Lily are home safe in the States. Please read other posts for updates. I’ve removed Tim’s personal contact information.
My friend Elizabeth and her 2 year old adopted Haitian daughter have been at the US Embassy in Haiti for 4 days, waiting for a signature from the Prime Minister so they can go home to Virginia. The Prime Minister told CNN he is reviewing adoption cases, but he is not. Yesterday, there were near riots at the US Embassy as Haitians are trying to get out of the country. Elizabeth borrowed a phone to call her husband, Tim and was frantic. She’s scared, we are scared, we want to get her out. Following is Tim’s message below. WE WANT MEDIA ATTENTION AT THE EMBASSY TO GET THE PRIME MINISTER TO RELEASE LILY AND LET HER LEAVE! I will follow up with links from other blog posts and stories on their case.
My name is Tim Moore. My wife Elizabeth Moore and I began the adoption process in Haiti three years ago and were approved for adoption on January 7, 2009. Our paperwork was lost in the earthquake, but luckily we made copies of all of our documents prior to sending everything in. We used our documentation to obtain a Haitian passport for our daughter Lily. Once the passport was obtained, we had everything necessary for obtaining a US Visa, sans Visa medical exam. My wife tried to get approval through the USCIS office in Washington D.C., without having to travel to Haiti, but was told that the USCIS office in Haiti is a different entity and follows a different set of rules, and that in order to officially move things along, she would have to travel to the US Embassy in Haiti where her paperwork had been kept.
My wife traveled down to Haiti on the 21st of January 2010. She has been working on getting Lily out of the country since then. She visited the embassy and was told that if she wanted to obtain a Visa, Lily would have to obtain a Visa Medical Examination certificate. She visited the required doctor the following day and obtained the certificate. On Sunday, 24 January, all Visas were stopped by the US government, and only Humanitarian Parole was being allowed. Since this was our only option, we decided to go this route. Since then, and due to the Pennsylvania orphan incident, the release of paroled orphans has taken a drastic turn for the worst as the Haitian Prime Minister has become involved and is requiring his approval/signature of all cases, which is bottlenecking the entire process. My wife along with numerous other families are now sleeping on the floor of the US Embassy in Haiti and have been for the past four days. My wife is also 4 months pregnant.
I am writing to you in hopes that you may have someone on the ground or know someone on the ground in Haiti that might be able to reveal this travesty. It would seem that someone from the US government would be able to move this thing along. If you can help, I would be forever in your debt.
Tim O. Moore II, PhD, P.E.