Friday, July 25, 2014
Things Fall Apart
Early one morning in 2011, Hilary Neiman, a prominent young attorney, was hard at work in the offices of her successful adoption and surrogacy practice, when three agents of the FBI entered without warning, read her Miranda rights, and informed her, “This is Your Come to Jesus Day.”
How does one go from being raised in a loving, ethical family, and earning an advanced education, including in the law, had a tradition of volunteerism, to being accused in national headlines of joining a baby- selling, human trafficking ring? It was her darkest hour.
Eventually, Hilary would plead guilty--not to human trafficking but to wire fraud. However the media would not announce that charge but allow the stigma of human trafficking and baby selling to remain attached to her name. Hilary would forfeit her license to practice law, and spend five months in the Atwood Minimum Security Camp in Lexington, Kentucky. “Things Fall Apart” is Hilary’s story of a young woman with nothing but the promise of a fulfilled life ahead of her, whose childhood dream turned into a nightmare.