PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - The last of 10 Americans detained while trying to take 33 children out of Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake was freed Monday when a judge convicted her but sentenced her to time already served in jail.
Laura Silsby, the organizer of the ill-fated effort to take the children to an orphanage being set up in the neighboring Dominican Republic, returned to her cell briefly to retrieve belongings before quickly heading to the Port-au-Prince airport.
"I'm praising God," Silsby told The Associated Press as she waited for a flight out of Haiti. She declined to answer further questions before clearing immigration and heading through a gate to catch a plane to Florida.
I don't have any real comment at this stage of the story. I'm just following up. The actual charge she was convicted of was "arranging illegal travel", which sounds altogether unlike kidnapping. In terms of unintended consequences, this story has shed light on the abuses that can occur with adoptions (and I think should make people aware that this is not just about Haiti, but anywhere that people might be in such straits that giving up children in the hopes of them getting a better life seems like the only way).