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Danielle Beach-Oswald

Orphans Suffer as U.S. - Russia Tensions Escalate

Cold war

This past Friday marks the beginning of a sad era for Russian orphans.   On that day,
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a bill outlawing American adoptions of
Russian orphans.   As a result, there are forty six children currently hanging in
limbo, as their adoption processes were initiated before the legislation went into
effect.  It remains to be seen whether these adoptions will be denied with the new
legislation in place.  

Over the past twenty years, 60,000 Russian orphans have been taken out of orphanages
and welcomed into American families.  The vast majority of these adoptions was
successful and resulted in happy, loving families.  This new piece of
legislation is cruel and unjust for the thousands more orphans that would have been
given brighter futures through adoptions by American families. 

This piece of legislation is primarily a political move – one in a series of heated
exchanges between the United States and Russia.   President Putin encouraged
anti-American feeling when he accused Hillary Clinton of being responsible for
anti-Putin protests that took place in Moscow a year ago.  Several months later,
Putin demanded that the U.S. Agency for International Development cease its operations
in Russia.  Then President Obama signed legislation in honor of Sergei Magnitsky,
which targeted Russia’s corrupt tax and police officials.  In retaliation, Putin
banned American adoptions of Russian orphans. 

As far as Russia’s human rights record is concerned, it has hit an all-time new low
with this new piece of legislation.  Children are being left to grow up in the
deplorable conditions of Russian orphanages, with very little hope for a bright future.
All this is because politicians will stop at nothing to drive their point across.
It has yet to be seen how much further tensions will escalate in the coming year.  The
events to keep an eye on are the continuous transport of goods in and out of Afghanistan
and Russian cooperation on Iran.  As these events play out, one cannot help but wonder
whether the United States and Russia will find themselves locked in another cold war. 
Although it may now seem unlikely, nothing is certain when dealing with leaders who
unconscionably snatch away the possibility of bright futures from thousands of suffering

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About The Author

Danielle Beach-Oswald is the current President and Managing Partner of Beach-Oswald Immigration Law Associates in Washington, DC. Ms. Beach utilizes her 19 years of experience in immigration law to help individuals immigrate to the United States for humanitarian reasons. Born in Brussels, Belgium, Ms. Beach has lived in England, Belgium, Italy and Ivory Coast and has traveled extensively to many countries. Ms. Beach advocates for clients from around the world who seek freedom from torture in their country, or who are victims of domestic violence and trafficking. She has also represented her clients at U.S. Consulates in Romania, China, Canada, Mexico, and several African countries. With her extensive experience in family-based and employment-based immigration law Ms. Beach not only assists her clients in obtaining a better standard of living in the United States, she also helps employers obtain professional visas, and petitions for family members. She also handles many complex naturalization issues. Ms. Beach has unique expertise representing clients in immigration matters pending before the Federal District Courts, Circuit Courts, Board of Immigration Appeals and Immigration Courts. She has won over 400 humanitarian cases in the United States. Her firm's website is

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