Abby Hilty

European Representative

Abby Hilty

Abby was adopted from Colombia and grew up outside of New York City, USA. Her educational background includes a Bachelors of Science in Human Biology from the State University of New York at Albany and a Masters of Science in Medical Anthropology from University College London. After completing her Masters, Abby moved to Switzerland, where she currently works in the pharmaceutical industry.

In 2009, Abby first became involved in intercountry adoptee-centric networks by joining and becoming active in the Facebook group Adopted from Colombia! as well as in the local German-speaking adoptee community in Switzerland (Adoptierte Schweiz). Since reuniting with her Colombian family in 2012, Abby has been an activist in the Colombian adoptee community. Her two main goals as an activist are to create a space/platform for the adoptee voice to be heard and reuniting families.
In early 2017, she edited, published, and co-authored the first Colombian adoptee anthology, Decoding Our Origins: The Lived Experiences of Colombian Adoptees, along with 16 other Colombian adoptees raised around the world. All profits from the book are used to provide free DNA kits to Colombian mothers and discounted DNA kits to Colombian adoptees. She has done a pop-up TED talk and radio interviews in Basel, Switzerland, and New York on adoptees without citizenship in the US and the effects of intercountry, transracial adoption.
Abby’s goal is to reunite as many Colombian families as possible via DNA and she is currently working with the Colombian adoptee community on plans for Volume 2 of Decoding Our Origins: The Lived Experiences of Colombian Adoptees.