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Feb 12, 2016

Baby Nina Will Return to Guatemala

NIna Barrera

This morning, there was heavy Police presence at the Family Court, with senior officers, Special Branch personnel and uniformed cops manning the perimeter of the building. It’s the type of resources pulled out for high-profile drug-related cases, but there was nothing like that before the Magistrate – just a very sensitive determination of the fate of baby Nina Barrera Perez. Today was the day slated for a decision. On one side of the legal ring was Ernesto Barrera, Nina’s Guatemalan father, who is petitioning to have her returned to that jurisdiction. On the other side was Analiz Gutierrez, Nina’s Belizean mother, accused of removing her daughter illegally from Guatemala last year. The hearing got underway at nine-thirty, and continued until six-thirty this evening. At that time, a distraught Analiz Gutierrez emerged from the Court to reveal that her worst fears had been realized. Baby Nina Barrera is going back to Guatemala, where legal battles over her custody and eventual home will be fought.

 

Analiz Gutierrez, Mother

“Take note that the above case for declaration of wrongful removal/return of the child was concluded on the twelfth day of February 2016 where the following order was made. The child, Nina Charlotte Alexandra Barrera Perez, born twenty-third October 2013 was wrongfully removed from Guatemala. It is hereby ordered that the child be returned to Guatemala immediately; pursuant to Chapter 177 of the International Child Adoption Act Revised Edition 200 and the subsequent articles of the convention.  This means that the resolution made today is that Nina will be returned.”

 

Analiz Gutierrez

Mike Rudon

“I know this is the last thing you wanted to hear.”

 

Analiz Gutierrez

“Of course; I mean it’s been three months of battle and ultimately we provided a very strong case. I must admit that my lawyer did a very good job at the end. At the end, it was the judge who needed to use his discretion and he believed that the removal was wrongful and so as a result, made the decision to have her returned. At this point, I’ve spoke to Nina’s father and we are trying to do things now in good grounds for the best thing for Nina. Of course at this point, I everything is out of my hands; there is nothing else that I can do so I will have to investigate in terms of the reports or claims that were made on my behalf. Apparently there’s some pending cases for me at courts in Guatemala. Besides the fact that we have to go back to family court, there’s other stuff that was applied or reported. So I have to go deal with that as well. However, right now, my main plan will be to investigate what procedure I have to take and as soon as I can go over to Guatemala to have this issue resolved.”

 

Mike Rudon

“Have you been given an indication of what happens to Nina from this point forward; I know that she was removed from foster care today, I believe?”

 

Analiz Gutierrez

“Definitely, she will be as of today, be handed over to Guatemalan authorities—the Guatemala Embassy and according to what I understand, they will then give her over to Guatemalan authorities like Human Development Department in Guatemala and then she should be placed in foster home while court cases ad court dates are determined and so forth.”

 

Reporter

“Have you been given visiting rights?”

 

Analiz Gutierrez

“According to what I understand, I will be given visitation rights just as I was granted here in Belize.”

 

Mike Rudon

“From your conversation with Ernesto Barrera, are you hopeful that maybe you all will be able to work something out?”

 

Analiz Gutierrez

“Well, he’s already made his views towards me, towards what really happened. I tried to ask him what was his main reason for doing all of this and he had already created some kinda view in his own mind which I do not agree with. However it is useless that for me to go in and fight with him regarding something that he already has stubborn in his mind. So obviously my relationship right now will be mainly my daughter being my main interest, my main purpose to be able to have a friendly and peaceful relationship with him until the courts in Guatemala make a final decision.”

 

Mike Rudon

“Earlier in the case, you had expressed concerns, even fear at one point about going back to Guatemala. Is that still the case?”

 

Analiz Gutierrez

“Definitely that case always exists; I can’t just discard it. Even though I have already started communication with the father, that fear will always remain because of the abuse that I lived being with them and because of the time that I spent with them and the thing that I know they are capable of. However, upon speaking with him, he says that that was never the case; that he and his family would never threaten my life, but at the end of the day that’s what he is saying. But right now I am not fearful. If my daughter has to go to Guatemala, I’m gonna follow her to Guatemala.”

 

Mike Rudon

“There have been a lot of people in your corner throughout this case, perhaps you would like to send a message to them because you will need their prayers and support going into this.”

 

Analiz Gutierrez

“Definitely. I would just want to thank first God, because despite the results right now, he has control over everything and I know that there must be a reason for all of this. And of course to everyone, to the whole country of Belize since day one, who has helped me and my family be able to locate resources, to be able to have finances to do all the legal stuff. I want to thank my family for the support, my mother; everyone who has been very active—not only with providing assistance of some type, through legal advice, through whatever financial, but also by those who provided support spiritually through prayers. And just being there and having Nina and my family and me inside their house.”

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