Emma Pile

ICAV Europe Representative

Emma Hebert was born in India and was adopted to France in 1977 at the age of two and a half. She keeps a deep attachment for her country of origin which leads her to cross the North of the country from Goa to Sikkim on three occasions, from Bombay to Darjeeling, via Manali, Pushkar, Dehli, Varanasi, and more particularly Calcutta, capital of West Bengal where she was born.

Emma is also a freelance writer, passionate about the notion of transmission, she explores the field of biographical narration.

Emma got involved for a few months in the French association of adoptees (VDA) before she campaigned for the recognition of illegal adoptions in France. She is currently a founding member of a collective named RAIF (collective pour la reconnaissance des adoptions illégales), made up of adoptees, who launched a petition in February 2021 to ask the French government for a commission of inquiry so that illegal practices in intercountry adoption since the 1960s, are finally investigated.

Emma is also a founding member of the UEA collective known as United European Adoptees www.facebook.com/unitedeuropeanadoptees which is working for the recognition of illegal adoptions across Europe.