<strong><em>Dr Juan Mariano Perez Abad, Miami
Dr Juan Mariano Perez Abad, un gran cirujano Cardio-Vascular que lucha a diario por la vida de las personas y los derechos humanos.
Dr Juan Mariano Perez Abad, a great cardiovascular surgeon who fights daily for peopleś lives and human rights.
Dear friends, I am Dr. Juan Mariano Pérez Abad, a surgeon and child rights activist.
For years, many activists have been denouncing the corruption that exists in our Child Protection System, especially with regard to children under the care of Social Services.
We thought that when we made this problem visible to the public, it would be solved.
That is why we have faced complaints and threats from judges, prosecutors, officials and politicians... until the big media lose their fear, break the information blockade and start talking about this issue.
We have been stubborn and have opened the way for the big newspapers and television channels to publish and broadcast, denouncing the abuses of power by the Social Services.
And finally, they had already denounced to the general public on several occasions how they unjustifiably remove the guardianship of children from many families and have exposed the million-dollar business behind all this: almost 50,000 children under guardianship, by a state that pays up to 9,000 euros a month for each one of them.
Recently, many of these media echoed one of those episodes that were previously silenced: the Social Services of Mallorca had known and tolerated for years that many minors under their care were prostituted and drugged, the same Social Services that had taken these minors from their families saying that they were incapable of educating them correctly.
I repeat: we thought that, when it became visible to the public, this problem would be solved.
But nothing could be further from the truth. What has happened is that both the Balearic Autonomous Parliament and the National Parliament have vetoed the creation of two committees of inquiry to clarify this matter.
Such a case highlights the gigantic hypocrisy of our progressive and constitutionalist democracy, of our rule of law, as well as the institutions' enormous contempt for our fundamental rights.
After these parliamentary committees of inquiry have been blocked, there is no longer any point in seeking protection for children in care in the police, the judiciary or State institutions.
But someone has to stand up for those kids. They have the right to have someone work to prevent them from being thrown into prostitution, drugs or disappearance. They need us to overcome fear and confront whoever it takes, including Social Services, the Police or regional or national governments. And the first ones who have the obligation to defend them are their parents, their grandparents, their uncles...
I therefore appeal to the families and ask them to demonstrate by their deeds that they will no longer tolerate this outrage against their children.
I ask all of them, in a strong way, to do what they have to do and go where they have to go, to look for the people responsible, tell them what they have to say and EXPLAIN IT TO THEM!
Let them not cower or hold back from them, until they return their children or allow them to maintain daily contact with them, so that they can monitor what they are doing with them and with all the money that all of us in Society invest in caring for them.
Poor foster children! If their families don't get wet for them, who will defend them from the wolves of corruption?