Our board has announced an emergency funding campaign in an effort to raise $550,000 by March 14th. Without this money Ballet San Jose will be forced to close its doors leaving 33 company dancers unemployed and 300 students without a place to train. This would be a HUGE loss of art and culture for Silicon Valley and devastating to our extremely talented and diverse company.
Thanks to our CEO Alan Highline, our board of directors, and our beloved Artistic Director José Manuel Carreño Ballet San Jose is NOT going down without a fight.
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The dancers are doing their best to stay positive as they continue to rehearse for the next program: Bodies of Technology. Everyone at Ballet San Jose has faith in the Ballet community, and we strongly believe that if we fight, we can #SaveBalletSJ. #SV4BSJ
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Adam’s life bears the scars of that torture and what it took to
survive; but, Adam has emerged today as a married father of three, with a
fourth child due in May. He is, by all accounts, living that “normal”
Yet, that’s not how the federal government sees it. In January of
this year, the Department of Homeland Security served Adam with
deportation papers. In just one month, Adam will face a hearing
regarding deportation to a country he has never known.
In an interview with Gazillion Voices Radio,
Adam Crapser recounts his story. Adam arrived in the United
States with the name Shin Song Hyuk in 1979 at the age of four and was
adopted with his biological sister by a Michigan family headed by
Stephen and Judith Wright. Adam lived with the Wrights for five years,
where he faced multiple acts of physical and sexual abuse. Adam says,
“this would be my earliest memories of violence and social/sexual
During the five years that I lived there with them, every
day it was pretty common to be choked from [the elder Crapser] or beat
or hit or burned or some form of heinous, heinous, sadistic abuse.
Specifically, I mean, I could go into very memorable experiences I
have that stand out for various reasons. For instance, he broke my nose
at age 14 because he couldn’t find his car keys, and to this day I have a
crooked nose for it.
In 1991, the Crapsers were arrested and convicted of sexual and
physical abuse; both accepted plea deals to serve 90 days in jail and
pay fines for their crimes.
Meanwhile, Adam grew up a troubled teenager, and ran afoul of the law
a few times related to misdemeanor crimes (most petty theft), and all
associated with maintaining his own survival. By his own admission, Adam
has made “bad choices”, but most stem from being forced to endure a
string of terrible situations. Adam describes the circumstances
surrounding one theft charge (edited for grammar and clarity):
I was homeless and learned many things about myself and
life at this age. At this time I broke into the Crapser’s home in
Keizer, Oregon. I did this to retrieve my Korean bible and rubber shoes
that came with me from Korea. The Crapsers had refused to return
anything that belonged to me or help with my naturalization.
This happened when I was 17. I was charged after I turned 18 with Burglary in the 1st
degree. I was convinced by the Crapsers — as well as by the State’s
public attorney — to take the plea bargain and get 18 months probation. I
It turns out that both the Crapsers and the Wrights committed one
final act of neglect against Adam: they never completed his
For those of us who are not transnational adoptees, it may come as a
surprise to learn that until recently, American citizenship was not
automatically granted to transnational adoptees upon arrival in America.
Until 2000 — and unlike the biological children of American citizens
born overseas (who receive American citizenship by birth) — adoptees
were forced to undergo the same lengthy immigration process that adult
immigrants face. But what happens to adoptees whose parents don’t
complete the naturalization paperwork for their foster children? Adam
says of his own experience:
On more than one occasion I have asked the Crapsers over
the years why they never naturalized me, I was always told, it was not
For adoptees who were placed with abusive (or just ignorant) foster
families who fail (or refuse) to sponsor the naturalization of adoptees,
this legislative loophole could lead to the predicament now facing
Adam: living as an undocumented American for most of his adult life,
Adam struggled to attend school or find work without his documented
status. Now, he now faces deportation to a country he doesn’t know.
Kevin Vollmers — who works with Gazillion Strong, an advocacy group for marginalized people — is part of a group of activists seeking to pass an amendment to the Child Citizenship Act of 2000,
which was Congress’ first attempt to address this issue. The 2000 Child
Citizenship Act removed the requirement for parents of transnational
adoptees to complete a lengthy naturalization process for adoptees:
instead the Act established automatic citizenship for all children under
the age of 18 born or legally adopted outside of the United States, and
who are under the legal custody of a parent with US citizenship for two
years within the U.S.
Unfortunately, the CCA applied an age restriction and didn’t include a
grandfather clause. This means that adult adoptees like Adam — i.e.
those who were born before 1983 — remain unprotected and undocumented.
For the last three years, Vollmers and his colleagues have worked to try
and amend the CCA to remove the age restrictions so that adoptees like
Adam can receive protection.
In 2013, the CCA amendment was applied to the Senate’s broad
immigration bill and received overwhelming support from both the House
and Senate. But, because the larger immigration bill failed to pass, the
proposed CCA amendment is now an “orphan” amendment that has languished
on the Hill without a new legislative sponsor.
Honestly, it’s a travesty that we’re still having a
conversation about adoptee citizenship and deportation. It’s an
injustice that should have been addressed decades ago. Individuals like
Adam were brought into the US by their adoptive parents. They were
promised a better life here.
However, because adoptive parents forgot to finalize naturalization
paperwork, people like Adam are at the risk of being deported, can’t get
their drivers license, open bank accounts, etc. Adoptees have been
deported back to countries for misdemeanor crimes, back to countries
where they don’t know the language or have any support systems available
It’s not just the adoptive parents who are at fault here, though.
It’s the adoption agencies and the adoption lobby in DC who bare
responsibility for turning a blind eye all of these years. And the
adoption system itself bears responsibility for allowing this injustice
to happen to the very individuals it supposedly helps.
Adam faces an April 2nd deportation hearing that will determine
whether or not he will be able to stay in the only country he has ever
Act Now! Please share this post to help spread
Adam’s story, to hopefully apply some pressure to ICE to halt Adam’s
deportation proceedings scheduled for a hearing on April 2nd. You can
also contact your local elected representatives and ask them to sponsor the amendment to the Child Citizenship Act that
would allow it to apply to transnational adoptees currently living in
America as adults, like Adam.