ISS-USA Awarded $64,000 Grant from Jesse Ball duPont Fund to Reunite Separated Families Across Borders
International Social Service, USA (ISS-USA)
has received a $64,000.00 grant from the
Jessie Ball duPont Fund
to provide social services for an additional 75 families separated across country borders. The support represents emergency funding following the recent separation of families at the southern U.S. border with Mexico, causing an overflow of those in need of cross-border social services.
Building on the work the International Social Service global network has been performing for over ninety years, this grant will allow ISS-USA and their Intercountry Casework Team to provide case management services to:
1. Locate and connect families separated by state and country borders.
2. Facilitate communication between separated families.
3. Perform community surveys used in immigration cases so judges can determine whether a child meets the threshold for immigration relief.
4. Perform community surveys for planning the safe return of children to their home country.
5. Find and acquire documents and birth certificates to verify relationships between parent and child.
6. Refer cross-border cases to pro bono counsel.