Dear (Contact First Name)

International Social Service, USA (ISS-USA) is very excited to announce the full agenda for our our day-long conference, Cross-Border Family Mediation: Dispute Resolution for International Families In Your Community on June 5, 2018 in Washington, D.C., co-hosted by MK Family Law, The George Washington University School of Law, and Leslie Ellen Shear, Attorney and Counselor at Law. This event will bring together leading experts to discuss mediation as a key process to help cross-border families with their complex situations. Conference attendees will have a wealth of resources and excellent networking opportunities at their finger-tips. Register today!

Check out our new video below to learn how ISS-USA supports legal professionals handling international cases, connects international families with social services in other countries, assists with repatriation cases, and supports family reintegration:

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International Social Service-USA Provides Support to Legal Professionals (With ISS-USA Board Member, Stephen Cullen)

Thank you, as always, for supporting our work. We look forward to seeing you at the conference! 

Julie Rosicky
Executive Director  
International Social Service-USA
Katrina Returns From Mongolia! 

This month, Katrina Clemons (top photo), ISS-USA's Social Work Case Manager, returned from the  Department of State and Professional Fellows Program of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations The program also partnered with the China Global Philanthropy Institute in Beijing and the Zorig Foundation in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia The program is a capacity-building project for professionals in the non-governmental sector.  The goal of the program is to administer a two-way exchange for emerging leaders in China, Mongolia and the United States in the fields of environment, philanthropy, legal aid, and community building among marginalized populations. 
Ms. Clemons was one of nine fellows selected to take part in the program. She was stationed in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia with her host agency, the Christina Noble Foundation. This foundation  is dedicated to serving vulnerable children in Mongolia who are in need of medical care, nutritional rehabilitation, educational opportunities, and vocational training. They also supply traditional Mongolian housing to families who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. During her time in Mongolia, Ms. Clemons built housing for families in need and conducted trainings for the staff at the Christina Noble Foundation on best practices in international social work. 

Family Finding and Engagement Training

Elaine Weisman,  ISS-USA's Program and Training Manager (above left, standing), and staff members from Saint Francis Community Services, spent a week in Kansas this month training over seventy professionals on international family finding and engagement. Through this training, ISS-USA and Saint Francis have identified a need for additional judicial and legal training to support their work. They plan to implement these trainings in the near future. To learn more about social work training for professionals, visit the ISS-USA website.
Join Our LIVE Chat For Legal Professionals on May 16th

Are you a legal professional interested in how International Social Service-USA (ISS-USA) can assist with the following?

- Obtaining information and documents to support applications for immigration relief;
- Serving legal notices overseas;
- Permanency planning across international borders;
- Finding family in a foreign country for your client;
- Learning your role under the various Hague Conventions;
- Utilizing technology to include family in hearings, depositions, or other legal proceedings;
- Opportunities to learn more about cross-border family mediation;
- Facilitating judicial cooperation across international borders.
Join our staff for a FREE Facebook Live Chat on Wed, May 16th from 1-2pm EST!
Anyone is welcome to join, though the following groups may find it most beneficial:
- Guardians ad litem (GALS)
- Parent Representatives
- Agency Attorneys
- Judges
- Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs)

Casework Appreciation Corner  

"Thank you for closing the loop on this case and for your tremendous work on it throughout last week. We are very relieved that a suitable placement was made for Mr. Brown* in Arizona. It is great that he will be with a relative. We hope that he is settling in smoothly. This could not have happened were it not for your epic work with Arizona authorities.
We appreciate ISS' partnership very much. Thanks for bringing this case to a successful conclusion!" - U.S. Department of State Staff Member

*the client's name has been changed to protect his privacy.
We're Hiring!  

International Social Service-USA is hiring for multiple positions! Check out our careers page for information on open positions. 


Thanks to our Cross-Border Mediation Conference Sponsors:

International Social Service - USA Branch | 22 Light St., Suite 200, Baltimore, MD 21202