Mari Steed is the mother to a daughter relinquished to adoption in the US in 1978. She is also an adopted adult born in Ireland in 1960 and exported to the US in 1961. Mari has been joyously reunited with her daughter since 1997 and her mother, now recently passed, since 2001. She serves as US Coordinator with Adoption Rights Alliance, now working in conjunction with The Philomena Project. In 2003, she co-founded Justice for Magdalenes (now operating as JFM Research), an advocacy organisation which successfully campaigned for a State apology and restorative justice for survivors of Ireland’s Magdalene Laundries. She currently serves as the group’s Committee Director. Mari has written and spoken extensively on Ireland’s adoption exportation, intercountry adoption practice, US adoption activism and the Magdalene Laundries. She has also testified on the US ratification of the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption, Pennsylvania and New Jersey proposed adoption legislation.
All views expressed are her own.