International Social Service-USA (ISS-USA) Attends a Meeting of  Experts in Zurich to Progress Principles for the Protection of  The Rights of the Child, in the Context of Surrogacy

Experts including ISS-USA's Executive Director, Julie Rosicky (pictured in the bottom row, far left), attend the symposium in Zurich.

I recently attended a meeting of experts  on protecting the rights of children in surrogacy arrangements in Zurich, Switzerland. This group of experts, convened by ISS, is drafting a set of international principles for the protection of human rights, particularly the rights of the child, in the context of surrogacy.

In the absence of any internationally agreed framework governing surrogacy, the draft of principles provide guidance on protecting children in surrogacy arrangements. These principles are based on regional and international human rights law standards and established in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The principles also provide practical guidance for how children's rights in surrogacy can be upheld and bring focus to the challenges that may arise for children's rights in surrogacy arrangements. Most importantly, the principles focus on the state obligation to prohibit and provide safeguards to prevent the sale of children in the context of surrogacy.

Over the coming year, a number of regional consultations will further develop the principles. ISS-USA will work in tandem to generate awareness about these issues in the U.S. as the principles continue to be developed.

As always, thank you for supporting our work. We look forward to sharing our progress on these principles with you over the next few months. 

Julie Rosicky
Executive Director  
International Social Service-USA
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Talk to Us! 

Mark your calendars! ISS-USA will host a FREE  live Facebook chat with staff members Felicity Northcott and JaNae Fowler on Wednesday, March 21st from 1:00-2:00 pm EST to answer all your questions about what we do, how we do it, and how we can help you connect children to families in other states or countries. Please join us! Questions? Contact

Cross Border Mediation Conference

Join us for 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  International Social Service-USA  (ISS-USA) 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. Scheduled one day prior to the annual  AFCC Conference  in D.C., conference attendees will have a wealth of resources and excellent networking opportunities at their finger-tips.
A full agenda will be available shortly, and will include discussions about the complex nature of international family disputes, how to identify families where mediation would be helpful, what global resources exist for engaging families in mediation processes, and how to ensure mediation is an available resource for international families in the United States.

Lunch and coffee breaks are included in your registration. Registration numbers are limited, so we suggest registering as soon as possible. Sponsorship opportunities are available. If your organization is interested in sponsoring the event, please contact   Marie Blum, Fund Development and Communications Coordinator.

Brew Up Some Fun With Us!  

Mark your calendars for our brewery fundraiser on March 1, 2018!

Love beer and giving back? Join us for our upcoming fundraiser at Monument City Brewing Company in Baltimore on March 1 from 5-8pm. No need to purchase a ticket, just let us know you're coming and join our staff and supporters for a pint (or two!) and $1 per pint will be donated to assist vulnerable children and separated families across borders.

We will be welcoming "Celebrity Bartender" Jamie Courtney! Also, Taco Bar Food Truck will be on site during the event, serving up some delicious tacos (and more). We will have several silent auction items generously donated by The Baltimore Orioles, The Baltimore Ravens, The Washington Nationals, Baltimore Center Stage, Historic Ships of Baltimore, Entertainment Cruises, and Hotel Roanoke

If you can't make it to our event, you can still donate to ISS-USA! For more information, c ontact Marie Blum , Fund Development and Communications Coordinator.
Brackets for Good Tournament

International Social Service has been selected to participate in the 2018 Brackets For Good tournament! The tournament begins on March 16, so mark your calendars! Learn more about Brackets For Good by clicking here

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