Legal Advisor For Americans - Haiti
Former Member - Shearith Israel of Montreal, Montreal, Canada
Yonkers, New York
While in El Savador, Jorge Orellana Torres Puello was heading an international trafficking people network.
Torres Puello, claims he was born in Yonkers, New York, in 1977 to a Dominican mother and a Puerto Rican father, also said he is wanted in the United States on charges of smuggling people between Canada and the United States, which he also denied.
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- Shearith Israel of Montreal (02/23/2009)
Adviser to Detained Americans in Haiti Is Investigate(02/11/2010)
- Salvadoran smuggler connection investigated in case of Haitian children (02/12/2010)
- Interpol (02/12/2010)
- Adviser to jailed U.S. missionaries in Haiti draws child-prostitution scrutiny (02/13/2010)
- Puello Probe Separate From Missionaries' Case (02/14/2010)
- Legal adviser for Americans in Haiti facing his own charges (02/15/2010)
- Haiti case adviser linked to child prostitution (02/15/2010)
- Dominican Jew at center of trafficking ring case (02/18/2010)
- Haitian Orphans Case Figure Also Wanted In El Salvador (02/19/2010)
- Kulanu Repudiates Jorge Yoram Torres (aka Jorge Puello or Jorge Torres Orellana) (02/19/2010)
- Attorney wanted for Child Trafficking in Haiti Dominican Republic (03/01/2010)
- Adviser to missionaries in Haiti kidnap case is arrested (03/10/2010)
- Interpol wants alleged Dominican native in Haiti row (03/16/2010)
- Joint international manhunt leads to arrest of fugitive wanted in three countries (03/19/2010)
- International Criminal Extradited To United States (09/13/2010)
- Legal adviser in Haiti kidnap case extradited to U.S. (09/14/2010)
- Fugitive who posed as lawyer following Haitian earthquake sentenced to 3 years in federal prison for alien smuggling (06/16/2011)
- Legal Advisor to Idaho-10 Gets 3-Year Sentence (06/16/2010)
- Involved in sexual exploitation network says he was extorted by a judge and a former prosecutor (09/04/2013)
_________________________________________________________________________________Shearith Israel of Montreal
February 23, 2009
Adviser to Detained Americans in Haiti Is Investigate
By Marc Lacey andIan Urbina
New York Times - February 11, 2010
|Jorge Puello, who has been providing legal advice to a group of Americans jailed in Haiti.|
Salvadoran smuggler connection investigated in case of Haitian children
Adviser to jailed U.S. missionaries in Haiti draws child-prostitution scrutiny
By Gerardo Reyes and Patricia Mazzei
Miami Herald - February 13, 2010
Legal adviser for Americans in Haiti facing his own charges
By Karl Penhaul
CNN - February 15, 2010
Haiti case adviser linked to child prostitution
By Patricia Mazzel and Gerardo Reyes
Sydney Morning Star - February 15, 2010
Dominican Jew at center of trafficking ring case
Their statements led Salvadoran police last May to a child prostitution ring allegedly run by Jorge Torres Puello and his wife Ana Josefa Ramírez Orellana, according to the documents filed in thecriminal case in San Salvador.
Torres Puello, who also went by the name Jorge Torres Orellana there, is at the center of an international scandal involving American missionaries who attempted to remove orphaned children from Haiti without government permission.
Interviewed in the Dominican Republic on Sunday by CNN, Torres Puello confirmed that he is the same person is sought by the Salvadoran justice system.
Torres Puello's past has begun to emerge in pieces that indicate a turbulent life, with troubles with the law.
He is wanted in the United States for violation of probation in a bank fraud case in Pennsylvania.
Last Friday the presiding judge in San Salvador case, David Amael Moran Asencio, called for the arrest of Torres Puello on charges of using persons under 18 for pornography, trafficking and prostitution. The victims were listed as five Nicaraguan girls, 14 to 16 years old, and two Dominican teenagers who were of age.
El Mundo, a newspaper in San Salvador, had access to records from the district court of San Juan Opico, a town outside the capital, which detail some of drama experienced by the victims of the organization.
The Nicaraguan girls told police they had met Torres, his wife Ana and Jency Ivonne Ramirez, another woman also charged in the case, in a gas station in Managua, Nicaragua.
They told them that they were students who helped out with the housework at home.
Torres then offered to take them to San Salvador and transform them into models who would make their debut at a farewell ceremony for the outgoing president of El Salvador.
Thrilled with the prospect of changing their lives, the girls accepted the offer. To get around immigration controls, they walked for two hours to the border with El Salvador, where Torres picked them up in a car and took them to in the town of Versalles.
Initially, the members of the gang took the victims to shopping centers, inviting them to nicerestaurants and buying the new clothes.
According to the girls, Torres presented himself as a missionary who helped immigrants from several countries. But the girls discovered that his intentions were different when one night he asked them to pose naked for photographs.
The girls felt that they could not refuse. Those images were displayed on an Internet page that advertising escort services.
Torres also asked them to sleep with him, but they refused him. The group charged customers $60 to spend the night with some of the victims. However, the two girls who filed the report maintained that at no time were they ever sexually abused.
Then one night they overheard Torres discussing with his wife and Yvonne Torres Ramirez how the they were to be sold for $150 to two clients. That same night a man from Guatemala arrived who wanted to pay for sex with one of them.
The girls refused. An enraged Torres threw them out of the house and left them on the street, although he came back to pick them up at dawn and gave them each $20 for the bus trip back to Nicaragua. As the fare was much more expensive, the girl explained their situation a man who contacted the police on May 26.
``I did nothing,'' Torres Puello told CNN. ``One time we gave some Nicaraguan and Costa Rican women money to return to their countries and instead they filed a complaint against us. I've never held anyone against their will.''
Kulanu Repudiates Jorge Yoram Torres (aka Jorge Puello or Jorge Torres Orellana)
By Harriet Bograd
Kulanu Blog - February 19, 2010
Adviser to missionaries in Haiti kidnap case is arrested
CNN - March 19, 2010
Dominican Today - February 16, 2010
Joint international manhunt leads to arrest of fugitive wanted in three countries
Joint international manhunt leads to arrest of fugitive wanted in three countries
|For Immediate Release||Contact:|
|September 13, 2010||Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Bill Gerke|
District of Vermont, 802-951-6691;
USMS Office of Public Affairs, 202-307-9065
|International Criminal Extradited To United StatesJorge Torres-Puello extradited from the Dominican Republic to Vermont|
Washington – Jorge Torres-Puello was extradited from the Dominican Republic to the United States today. The Dominican Republic recently ordered his extradition and today U.S. Marshals escorted Torres-Puello to Vermont where he is wanted on alien smuggling offenses. Torres-Puello was the subject of an international manhunt that spanned several countries earlier this year.
The international manhunt ended March 18 with the capture of Torres-Puello aka Jorge Torres Orellana in the Dominican Republic. After a coordinated effort between the U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and multiple law enforcement agencies in the United States and overseas, Torres-Puello was located in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and arrested.
“We would like to thank the Dominican authorities for granting the extradition of Jorge Torres-Puello, so he may face justice for his crimes," said Director John F. Clark of the United States Marshals Service. "This continued cooperation between international communities ensures fewer safe havens for criminals fleeing our borders."
After Haitian authorities detained 10 U.S. missionaries on kidnapping and abduction charges, Torres-Puello contacted their church in Idaho, claiming he was a legal authority on Haitian and Dominican law. Shortly after their arrest, Torres-Puello contacted their church in Idaho and said he was a legal authority on Haitian and Dominican law. He obtained money from the families of the missionaries and began representing himself to the Haitian court and international media as the attorney/spokesman for the detained Americans.
In February, law enforcement authorities in El Salvador were notified the individual acting as the legal advisor to the U.S. missionaries bore a strong resemblance to Jorge Torres Orellana, the man wanted by El Salvadorian authorities. Authorities in El Salvador requested the assistance of INTERPOL, and an INTERPOL Red Notice was issued to law enforcement agencies worldwide.
INTERPOL Washington, having previously been in communication with authorities in El Salvador, immediately confirmed Jorge Torres Orellana was in fact a fugitive from justice also wanted in Canada and the United States. INTERPOL Washington served as the intermediary in coordinating efforts between multiple agencies in the United States and overseas, resulting in the apprehension of Torres-Puello.
“The extradition of Torres-Puello is the culmination of the high level of collaboration and coordination between INTERPOL Washington and our law enforcement partners,” said INTERPOL Washington Director Timothy A. Williams. “This case was another example of the strong partnership between law enforcement agencies to pursue individuals who have fled to international jurisdictions after their involvement in criminal activity and bring them to justice.”
Along with the U.S. Marshals Service International Investigations Branch and ICE, law enforcement officials in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Canada and El Salvador participated in this international case.
Continued efforts and participation from the Direccion Nacional de Control de Drogas in the Dominican Republic along with the assistance of INTERPOL Santo Domingo, D.R., proved to be essential assets in the investigation.
A combined effort by the agencies mentioned above, along with the indispensable participation of the U.S. Department of Justice Office of International Affairs; U.S. Department of State; U.S. Attorney Offices in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the District of Vermont; Dominican Republic Office of the Attorney General; and the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Washington, D.C. culminated in this arrest and extradition.
Fugitive who posed as lawyer following Haitian earthquake sentenced to 3 years in federal prison for alien smuggling
ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ) - June 16, 2011
Legal Advisor to Idaho-10 Gets 3-Year Sentence
The Sentinel (Haitian News) - June 16, 2011
BURLINGTON, USA - Jorge Orellana Torres Puello, the man who posed as legal adviser to the Idaho-10, the church group which sought to traffic 33 children out of Haiti in February of 2010, will serve time in prison.
Torres has eluded authorities in the U.S., Canada, El Salvador and Costa Rica, for 6 years but was discovered in the Dominican Republic when he appeared as adviser for the Idaho-10.
The group from Idaho were released from prison and its ring leader, Laura Silsby, served 3 months and 8 days before being released. Silsby was facing a maximum of 3 years.
Subsequent investigations found that all but one of the 33 children that the group attempted to traffic out of Haiti had at least one living parent.
Extradited to the United States in September of 2010, it is expected that Torres will be released in 8 months for time spent incarcerated in Canada and the Dominican Republic.
La Pagina - September 4, 2013
(Translated From Spanish to English using Google)
The defendant claims that the charges against him and his wife are false and claims to have been forced to pay $ 400,000 by members of the judiciary.
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