November 27, 2019
November 2019 Issue
Finding Solutions for Children Returning and Reintegrating to Northern Central America, Mexico and the United States
International Social Service, USA (ISS-USA) was invited by Unicef to participate in a Return and Reintegration in Northern Central America, Mexico and the United States: Solutions That Work for Children and Across Borders event in Honduras in mid-November. Julie Rosicky, Executive Director (above right), represented ISS-USA at the event. The event was attended by approximately forty participants from the region, including government actors and civil society members.

The highlight of the event was a panel of children and families who discussed their cross-border journeys, returns, and challenges. All in attendance stressed the importance of having access to education, instructors who help returning children “catch up” on missed schoolwork, and more affordable education through high school and beyond, so adults could access more employment opportunities.

ISS-USA shared its many years of experience doing cross border case management, including working with partners in the US and Honduras to provide pre-departure planning, return and reintegration services to children across Honduras and the region.

In addition, in collaboration with LIRS , ISS-USA visited a local NGO sponsored by Comisión de Acción Social Menonita (CASM) to learn about the wide array of services they provide in San Pedro Sula and around Honduras to migrant children and families looking to stabilize in school, get career and job training, and access social services. 

To learn about ISS-USA's Repatriation and Reintegration Planning Services in Guatemala and Honduras or to refer a case, click here .
Running to Help Separated Families in the TCS New York Marathon
On Sunday, November 3rd, four Team ISS-USA charity runners - Gavin O'Conno r, Allison Tucker , Colleen Fitzgerald , and Bobby Harris - finished the TSC NYC Marathon in support of International Social Service, USA (ISS-USA)'s Reintegration and Reunification Project , which provides individualized social work case management support for children returning to their families after a border separation.

Congratulations to our runners and thank you to all who donated to their campaigns! Your generous donation helped us exceed our goal of raising $13,100.00 to provide up to 125 separated children and families the social and community services they need to remain safely in their community after separation. 

To learn more about the services ISS-USA provides to vulnerable children and families separated by international borders, check out our services page.
Supporting International Social Service at the United National and Planning in Geneva
In late November, ISS-USA's Executive Director, Julie Rosicky participated in two sets of meetings in Geneva, Switzerland:
1) to celebrate 30 years of The Convention on the Rights of the Child , supporting International Social Service (ISS) in their presentations at the United Nations (UN), and
2) to have an informal meeting with fellow members of the ISS Professional Advisory Committee, the Governing Board Chair, and the Secretary General to discuss future strategic objectives, social impact, network strengthening, and streamlining the efficiency and effectiveness of our work and planning the agenda for future meetings.
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Providing Cross Border Case Management for Youth Returning to Honduras:
ISS-USA​ has partnered with Honduran NGO Familias Solidarias ​ to provide cross border case management for youth between 13-17 years old who are returning to San Pedro Sula, Choloma, or Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

The program will provide 6 months of case management with youth to help ensure they are reunited with safe family members and are connected to educational, vocational, medical, recreational, mental health and other resources.

The program aims to support up to 50 returning youth and their families in Honduras, applying best practices in case management with migrant children and youth, as outlined in ISS' Children on the Move, A Practical Guide . To refer a case or get more information, contact Elaine Weisman at .
ISS-USA Gets a Visit From HHS and OHSEPR
The repatriation team at ISS-USA was delighted to welcome a site visit in late October from members of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of Human Services, Emergency Preparedness and Response (OHSEPR) . ISS-USA's Repatriation Program assists eligible U.S. citizens who need to return to the United States. Learn more about the repatriation program here .
The ISS-USA Staff Gives Thanks
On Tuesday, November 26, the ISS-USA staff celebrated Thanksgiving with a potluck lunch. As always, ISS-USA is thankful to have such an amazing staff, Board of Directors, and supporters to help carry out our mission to connect cross border families.
Join the #GivingTuesday Movement on December 3rd & Give Back With

As you gather with your family members this Thanksgiving, consider #GivingTuesday, the global day of giving , as a way to  support vulnerable families ISS-USA  has been working across international borders for over 90 years to connect children, adults, and families to the social services they need.

As participants in #GivingTuesday , ISS-USA is encouraging individuals to act as advocates for the mobilization of our global social service network by making a  donation  between now and December 3rd.

To follow our #GivingTuesday campaign, join us on  Facebook Twitter LinkedIn  and  Instagram , with the hashtag, #ISSUSAGIVES .

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Attention social workers in ARKANSAS, MICHIGAN, NEW HAMPSHIRE, IOWA, KENTUCKY and INDIANA: we want to hear from you!
ISS-USA is looking for social workers to complete occasional assessments with families in your state. We will provide you with guidance throughout the work and you will help us directly serve families who are seeking to care for their relative children in another state or country. Check out the description  here . Please contact Elaine Weisman at for more information.
The International Social Service Network is Recruiting!
International Social Service is recruiting new partners! Visit the ISS website for more information or email to express interest. Join our 90+ year old network of cross border experts!