Prosecute Priest for Alleged Illegal Adoption Scam


Target: Chile Attorney General Sabas Chahuan Sergio

Goal: Prosecute Reverend Gerardo Joannon for allegedly partaking in an adoption scam and assist the individuals affected by the scam.

Recently, a priest who was allegedly at the center of an illegal baby adoption scam in Chile was relocated to a priest house in Argentina and faces no charges, even though he admitted to being involved with at least two cases of illegal baby adoptions. Reverend Joannon also allegedly held memorial masses for the babies who were stolen and given up for adoption. Chile’s Attorney General must properly prosecute Reverend Gerardo Joannon for his alleged illegal actions, and demand the priest order to help affected individuals reunite with their biological parents.

Hundreds of thousands of babies were taken from their parents during the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet in the 1970s and 1980s. The stolen or missing babies were given the term “Children of Silence,” and many of these individuals have tried connecting with their biological parents as more and more individuals realized they were illegally given up for adoption. Most of the kids and their biological parents are having extreme difficulties locating each other due to the underhanded methods of the illegal adoption process and the decades of time that have passed since their birth. This leaves many parents and kids alike devastated in not being able to meet their biological family member.

Reverend Gerardo Joannon belongs to the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts order. While the parents of the babies who were illegally taken by Reverend Joannon were dealing with the devastation of losing their children, the only consequence Reverend Joannon faced for his reported illegal actions was his transfer to a different country in “an act of religious obedience.”

By signing the petition below, you are urging Chile’s Attorney General to investigate Reverend Joannon and properly prosecute him and those involved with the illegal baby adoptions. Reverend Joannon must be punished for his illegal deeds, and justice should be given to those affected by his actions.


Dear Attorney General Sabas Chahuan Sergio,

I am writing to you on account of Reverend Gerardo Joannon’s alleged involvement with the illegal baby adoptions from General Augusto Pinochet’s reign. Reverend Joannon allegedly manipulated parents of babies born during that time into giving up their babies to be illegally adopted by other people. These affected babies, who are termed “Children of Silence,” did not grow up with their biological parents and do not know who they are. Most of the children who were illegally adopted and want to meet their biological parents are unable to, due to forged hospital paperwork and difficulties arising from distance in time since the children’s births.

Please look into opening a case on Reverend Joannon and properly prosecute him for his illegal actions. The individuals that he allegedly affected with the illegal baby adoptions deserve justice for all the pain that he may have inflicted on them. Furthermore, Reverend Joannon and those involved with the illegal adoptions should be made to assist these individuals in their search for their biological family members.


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