January 29th, 2012

Happiness Is

Proving citizenship of a natural born child born in a brothel in a underage trafficking situation

Setting: Modern/near-future, Realistic, USA, Vermont
Details: Two children, one Vietnamese, one of Hispanic/Black decent but born on US soil. Both under the age of 10. The boy has been used for pedeophiliac purposes since around the age of four when he was kidnapped from an orphanage in Vietnam (his parents are deceased and he has no other family) and smuggled into the USA. He has trauma resulting from this as well as being positive for HIV. He is now approximately 9. The little girl was born to another child in the brothel who died during child birth and the child was disposed of only to be rescued by the boy. She's three and has fairly severe developmental and physical problems (cannot walk only speaks in single words at most and a limited sign language the two children came up with as well as medical issues relating to being given cow's milk as an infant and general malnutrition) but was kept from being sexually abused by the boy.

Now they are in foster with the two MC of the story at the MCs ranch in VT. The MCs are attempting to figure out how to legally adopt them, but both children are without paperwork and the boy is an illegal in the country because of trafficking. I figure that the boy could apply for a SIJS visa at worse, but would more likely be eligible for a T or U visa due to the nature of his being in the country. What I cannot figure out is how would the girl be proven a citizen as there was no documentation of her birth and the only one who can really prove she's always been in the USA is the abused boy.

I have searched for "child born in US without documentation" and "documenting child born alone in USA" and "natural born child without birth certificate" but I predominately am finding first articles about Barak Obama and second articles basically saying that there would have to be proof of a pregnancy or multiple witnesses to prove her birth. Can anyone help me figure out a way that this child can be adopted into this family and gain her citizenship?

Pro-Angevin Houses in the First Barons' War?

Setting: England & Normandy, 1200-1220.

Help! I have two questions, fairly closely related:

First, I'm looking for Anglo-Norman houses of some repute -- preferably of the sort who were awarded their land, titles, kudos, etc. by William I/II or Henry I -- who aligned themselves with King John and the pro-Angevin forces during the First Barons War. They needn't have been holding castles against Louis and the rebel barons, or anything. Just a sort of a wink-wink-nod-nod-we're-on-your-side-Johnny-boy sort of thing would do.

I've already ruled out the Marshals and the de Veres for various reasons, but mostly, I just need a name that will strike readers as Anglo-Norman and transparently of noble blood, y'know? Honestly, the de Veres would be ideal (one of John's noted cronies; really obviously patrician name; yada, yada, yada), but I'm already using them for another subplot in the story and don't want to intertwine the two -- it would just get totally ungainly. I already have a list of John's 'evil counsellors', but none of them are really what I'm looking for. (If what I'm looking for even exists. *coughs*) Cronies, allies, passing comrades -- I'd love to hear about any of them.

I've ordered Ralph V. Turner's assessment on John's reign ('England's Evil King') from Amazon, but I live in an intellectual wasteland, and the local library can't order anything else. I'm also referencing this article already posted on little_details, but if there is any additional ideas, I'd love to hear them!

Second: Can anyone recommend a list of castles (other than Rochester and Hedingham, that is) John and the pro-Angevins laid siege to?

Thank you all so much!
  • euel

Latin motto question

Hi all!  First time poster here.

I'm working on a super hero webcomic, and I need a motto for a SHIELD knockoff called AEGIS (Advance Enforcement, General Intervention Service).  I've searched the Web for Latin translation pages and I have a vague idea of what I want.  The phrase is "Defend Freedom", and the Latin seems to be either "libertas tuebor", "libertas tueri" or "libertas tuero".  Thanks in advance for any advice!

Edit: Thanks to everyone who replied.