February 28, 2019
February 2019 Issue
Too many children and adolescents are returning to the countries of the Northern Triangle without services to support a safe return home or long term reintegration in their communities. The result of these unplanned returns is dangerous remigration, further institutionalization, and a return to the same conditions from which they originally migrated.

International Social Service, USA (ISS-USA) provides pro-bono social work case management and individualized service plans to children and families reunifying in Guatemala. For children who face the stigma of return or live in marginalized communities, the advocacy and follow up by social work case managers create linkages to care in places where families might otherwise have social services. These services help stabilize families during periods of transition and create the foundation for sustainable reintegration.

If you are working with a child who was separated from his or her family at the border, who traveled to the US unaccompanied, or who otherwise is facing a potential return to Guatemala, Honduras or El Salvador, please contact Elaine Weisman, Program and Training Manager, to obtain more information about our reintegration services.  Download a one-page guide about the reunification project here.
ISS-USA has been selected as an official charity partner for the TCS New York City Marathon 2019 on November 3, 2019. If you are a runner or know a runner interested in running the marathon for donations to benefit cross-border children and families, please email Marie Blum, Fund Development and Communications Coordinator.
Join ISS-USA 's Dr. Felicity Sackville Northcott TODAY (Feb 28th) at 1pm EST as she discusses the importance of consulates and embassies when a child in care has family resources in another country. Steps to ensure cross-border permanency plans will be covered. RSVP here

Casework Corner: Bringing Long-Lost Sisters Together

ISS-USA recently received a referral from a partner in Colombia*, regarding two sisters who had been separated when they were internationally adopted by different families in the 1990s. One of the sisters remembered she had a birth sibling, and reached out to ISS-USA's partner in Colombia to find her.

ISS-USA was able to locate her sister within the United States and reached out to her to ask if she wanted to be reunited. She was overjoyed and the two have since been put in touch with each other. The sisters told ISS-USA they are thrilled to be reunited and have been waiting for this moment their entire lives.

Find out more about our services.
*names, dates and locations have been changed to protect the privacy of the client

February BLOG: World NGO Day
On February 27th - World NGO Day - ISS-USA celebrated the invaluable role that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) like ISS-USA play in our international community. Employees, supporters, and volunteers of NGOs work tirelessly every day to provide aid to those who need it most. Read our most recent blog on this special celebration.
Thanks for your hard work, Elizabeth!
Next week, the ISS-USA staff will bid farewell to their Fund Development and Communications Intern, Elizabeth Schaeffer. Ms. Schaeffer was instrumental in assisting with all aspects of fundraising, marketing and communications for the organization, and will be greatly missed. The staff wishes her the best of luck in her future endeavors.
Looking for an Exciting New Internship?

ISS-USA is searching for a Fund Development and Communications intern! Check out our careers page  for more information.