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This Honolulu Lawyer Has Run A Marshallese Baby Business With Impunity Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources

This Honolulu Lawyer Has Run A Marshallese Baby Business With Impunity

Laurie Loomis’ operation, including flying women from the Marshall Islands for adoptions, resembles that of a recently indicted Arizona lawyer, but thus far she has faced no consequences.

Chad Blair: Is SpongeBob SquarePants More Than Just Nautical Nonsense? Flickr: Owen Prior

Chad Blair: Is SpongeBob SquarePants More Than Just Nautical Nonsense?

Personally, I think it’s just a cartoon. But a research paper connects Bikini Bottom to the Bikini Atoll nuclear tests.

Pacific Islanders Go To Extremes To Retrieve Key Immigration Records Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pacific Islanders Go To Extremes To Retrieve Key Immigration Records

Some travel to the Mexican border to replace documents that are essential to accessing jobs, housing and even driver’s licenses.

Clergy Sex Abuse Survivors In Guam May Receive Payments In 2020 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Clergy Sex Abuse Survivors In Guam May Receive Payments In 2020

Guam lifted its statute of limitations for child sexual abuses in 2016, paving the way for claims to be filed.

Report: Battling Discrimination Against Micronesians Requires Policy Changes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Report: Battling Discrimination Against Micronesians Requires Policy Changes

The Hawaii Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission says these migrants should receive access to Medicaid and other benefits they are now denied.

The US Military Is Pouring Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars Into Tiny Wake Island Cpl. A. J. Van Fredenberg, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit

The US Military Is Pouring Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars Into Tiny Wake Island

The historic World War II site is on the front lines again as part of an expanded U.S. missile defense system.

Crackdown On Illegal Marshallese Adoptions Comes After More Than A Decade Of Inaction Jessica Terrell / Civil Beat

Crackdown On Illegal Marshallese Adoptions Comes After More Than A Decade Of Inaction

After the charging of a prominent Arizona adoption attorney in three states for multiple offenses, authorities say more actions are coming.

Major Player In Black Market Marshallese Adoptions Faces Criminal Charges maricopa.gov

Major Player In Black Market Marshallese Adoptions Faces Criminal Charges

Paul Petersen, an Arizona attorney who was the focus of a Honolulu Civil Beat investigation, is the target of a multi-state investigation.

Feds Charge Arkansas Fixer With Luring Marshallese Women To US For Illegal Adoptions Sarah Holm/Civil Beat

Feds Charge Arkansas Fixer With Luring Marshallese Women To US For Illegal Adoptions

Maki Takehisa, identified as a fixer in a Civil Beat investigation last year, worked with an Arizona attorney to arrange black market adoptions.