Chile: DNA to rebuild families

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Results of a DNA sample.

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By: Mikaël Ponge Follow |

Mikaël Ponge Follow

2 min

Almost 20,000 Chilean children were adopted abroad between the 1960s and the late 1990s. Babies stolen from their families, forcibly adopted.

Children who today are reuniting with their loved ones using DNA technology.


Elena Vargas was only 15 when she first became pregnant in 1975. The day after giving birth, she is assured that her daughter is dead, without her having access to the body and without a death certificate. . Years later, Elena will find out that her daughter has been registered. A case that is far from isolated. Since 2014, more than 700 complaints have been filed with the Chilean courts to denounce the forced adoptions of these children torn from their families. In these cases, DNA testing plays a key role. 250 reunions have taken place in recent years, in part thanks to DNA. Two problems nevertheless: tests carried out abroad are not recognized by the Chilean justice and, without the authorization of a judge, these tests are prohibited in Chile. A file signed Justine Fontaine. 

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