September 2015
Special Edition Newsletter:
ISS-USA's 90th Anniversary National Celebration


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ISS-USA Celebrates its 90th Anniversary! 

On September 17th, ISS-USA celebrated  90 years of providing  cross border social work in the Gold Room of the Rayburn Building on Capitol Hill .   Mary Mentaberry, Chair of the Board of Directors and Bob Miles, board member, kicked off the event by premiering ISS-USA's new video. There were more than 100 guests in attendance, including two of the event's honorary chair persons, His Excellency Francisco Roberto Altschul Fuentes, Ambassador of El Salvador, and His Excellency Jorge Alberto Milla Reyes, Ambassador of Honduras.  

Ambassador of El Salvador, Francisco Altschul, and Bob Miles, Board Member
Ambassador of Honduras, Jorge Milla, and ISS-USA Executive Director Julie Rosicky

David Klaassen, Archivist Emeritus of the Social Welfare History Archives, spoke about ISS' history, based on his extensive knowledge of the ISS' archives housed at the University of Minnesota Libraries. "ISS-USA's archives are the most well-used of the social welfare collection," stated Mr. Klaassen, "And much has been learned about the field of inter-country adoption from them. "

David Klaassen, Archivist Emeritus of the Social Welfare History Archives

ISS-USA presented Senator Barbara A. Mikulski with the Ruth Larned Award for her outstanding leadership in support of children and families; Congressman Elijah E. Cummings with the Fred Warburg Award for his commitment to community engagement and partnership; and Ambassador Susan A. Jacobs with the Lifetime Advocate Award for her ongoing support of ISS-USA and dedication to the field of child and family protection.  
Congressman Elijah E. Cummings
Recipient of the Fred Warburg Award
"ISS-USA works very hard to ensure that every child has the opportunity to live with a family that will love and cherish them. My parents taught me that a loving home gives children a chance to flourish and prosper, and I promise to continue fighting, every day, to ensure that every child has an opportunity to live in a loving home." 
Senator Barbara A. Mikulski  
Recipient of the Ruth Larned Award
 "ISS has helped millions of families and children around the world lead healthy, happy lives. As Vice Chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee and member of the HELP committee, I am fighting to ensure that children are safe here in the U.S. and around the world."
Susan S. Jacobs
Recipient of the Lifetime Advocate Award
"The tireless efforts of ISS ensure that families are not islands, that they are part of the whole. As a mother and grandmother, protecting the well-being of children is a personal, as well as professional mission.  I want children across the world to have the same opportunities and safeguards that my children and grandchildren have." 

Food was generously provided by our Gold Sponsor,  Oyamel Cocina Mexicana , one of the restaurants owned by the  internationally recognized culinary innovator and chef/owner of ThnkFoodGroup,  José Andrés . Oyamel served guests a variety of  antojitos, (Mexican small plates) including several types of ceviche, tacos, mango salad, fresh guacamole, and salsa.

Sean Wheaton and Mariano Gutierrez of Oyamel

Thanks to all of our generous sponsors for helping to make our event a success! 

Event photography was generously provided by Erin Marie Dey Photography.
Beer was generously provided by Trippin' Farm Brewery. 
Wine was generously provided by Rob Reich,  Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC.
Chad Bolt of Senator Mikulski's Office and Mary Mentaberry, ISS-USA Board Chair

Bob Miles, ISS-USA Board Member, Julie Rosicky, ISS-USA Executive Director, and Mary Mentaberry, ISS-USA Board Chair
Congressman Elijah E. Cummings and Ambassador Susan Jacobs
90th Event Photos
Representative Elijah Cummings receives the Frederick Warburg Award for Community Engagement & Partnership
Representative Elijah Cummings receives the Frederick Warburg Award for Community Engagement & Partnership
To view more photos of our event, check out our  Facebook Album 
Watch our 90th Anniversary Commemorative Video to learn more about our history, mission, and vision.

Congressman Elijah E. Cummings and Marlee Brown, ISS-USA Board Member

David Mitchell of Bronze Sponsor Global Language Center, and Amanda Williams, ISS-USA
Ambassador of El Salvador, Francisco Altschul, and Ambassador Susan Jacob

Supporters of ISS-USA

Supporters of ISS-USA gave remarks on the importance of ISS-USA's work:

"As the archivist of the Social Welfare History Archives where the ISS records are kept, I am regularly reminded about the impact of your decades of work that has touched the lives of so many people. The hundreds of feet of detailed documents in the Archives tell stories from around the world of crises, services, and most importantly, people. The frequent researchers who come to the archives to work closely with these records are inspired, challenged and sometimes changed by the experience." - Linnea Anderson, Archivist, Social Welfare History Archives, University of Minnesota Libraries

"The New Jersey Department of Children and Families certainly recognizes and values the partnership we share with you, as both organizations strive to provide a better today and even greater tomorrow for every individual we serve." - Allison Blake, Ph.D., L.S.W., Commissioner, State of New Jersey Department of Children and Families

"From resettling refugees, to bringing families together, to advocating for children throughout the world, ISS has led the charge in life-changing areas" - Senator Barbara A. Mikulski
ISS-USA Releases 2014 Annual Report

We are pleased to announce the publication of our 2014 Annual Report. The report highlights our 2014 accomplishments, including the fact that we supported, protected, and reunited more than 3,000 people from 99 countries and all 50 states. 

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