December 27, 2018
December Issue
A Visit to Hong Kong
From November 26 - December 3, 2018, Julie Rosicky, Executive Director of International Social Service, USA (ISS-USA) and Ambassador Susan Jacobs, Chair of the International Social Service (ISS) governing board and vice chair of ISS-USA’s board, had the honor of visiting ISS Hong Kong. During their time in Hong Kong, they visited three of ISS Hong Kong's programs: a small group home for children, the migrants program, and an adoption program. 

While visiting the migrants program, Ms. Rosicky participated in a role-playing activity in which she learned about the services ethnic minorities in Hong Kong access through ISS Hong Kong. In Hong Kong, those seeking asylum get a modest stipend for rent, transport, and food. They live in the community, not in detention. 

During her time in Hong Kong, Ms. Rosicky also presented at the Asia Pacific Region Meeting. Her presentation focused on the network process the ISS-USA branch uses between states and the region, focusing on the main issues they address concerning child/family migration between and within Central America, Mexico, and the U.S. 

Another goal of the meeting was to develop the region's next strategic plan and come up with a list of priority countries to target for new partnerships. There were representatives from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Japan participating in the meeting.

While the regional meeting was taking place, the Governing board was charting its way forward with Ambassador Jacobs leading the way; identifying key strategies to support the work of ISS and the General Secretariat. 

On Friday, November 30, the entire ISS Hong Kong staff, Board of Directors, volunteers and hundreds of guests celebrated ISS Hong Kong’s 60 th anniversary. At least fifty of ISS Hong Kong’s staff were presented awards for their long service, and Ambassador Jacobs presented former ISS Gov Board Chair, Mr. C.P. Ho, with a token of appreciation on behalf of ISS. Staff and migrants in the various programs performed in drumming, dancing and singing. The event was a huge success and a good time was had by all!
Protecting Children at Risk of Irregular Migration
ISS-USA 's Director of External Partnerships and International Services, Dr. Felicity Sackville Northcott, attended The Protection of Children at Risk of Irregular Migration forum hosted by ChildFund Alliance , in partnership with UNICEF , on December 4th, 2018 in New York City.

This forum brought together m ore than 60 representatives of civil society, UN agencies, and governments for a discussion "on improving the well-being of children and youth who are at risk of irregular migration in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua."
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Celebrating the Holidays at ISS-USA
On Tuesday, December 18th, the ISS-USA staff celebrated the holiday season with a secret Santa gift exchange and a holiday lunch.
Casework Corner: A Safe Home for Alex

Alexander* Qinz, a 3 year old U.S. Citizen, was abandoned in Mexico* by both of his parents. It was discovered that Alex's grandparents lived in Oregon and wanted to care for him, so ISS-USA contacted the State of Oregon for assistance to complete a home study of his grandparents and ensure their home was safe for Alex to grow up in.

After the assessment of the grandparents was completed, ISS-USA coordinated reception plans for Alex and the psychiatric services he was to receive upon arrival.

Travel arrangements were finalized for Alex to return to the U.S. He finally arrived in Oregon on December 5th* accompanied by a social worker. He is now able to live safely and comfortably with his grandparents.
*names, dates and locations have been changed to protect the privacy of the client

December Blog: A Year in Review!
Learn about or busy year in our most recent blog .
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