UC-Berkeley anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes has been investigating the illicit trade of organs for the past decade. Her informants have helped her identify key figures involved in this trade, including Levy-Izhak Rosenbaum, a kidney trafficker who was one of 44 people arrested on July 23, 2009 for involvement in an international money-laundering scheme. Scheper-Hughes informed the FBI of Rosenbaum’s activities back in 2002, and has named several prominent East Coast hospitals where illegal transplants allegedly took place.
Learn more at the following links:
- WNYC Public Radio interview (audio)
- New York Academy of Sciences Presentation (video)
- Somatosphere anthro-blog post
- Anthropologist’s ‘Dick Tracy moment’ plays role in arrest of suspected kidney trafficker (NYdailynews)
- Brooklyn Man Accused of Buying and Selling Kidneys (NY Times)
- Prof says she told FBI about organ trafficking (JTA)
- Nobody Cares About Organ Trafficking (Newsweek blog)
- Not Just Urban Legend (Newsweek)
Stay tuned for Scheper-Hughes’ commentary in the September ’09 issue of Anthropology News.