January 30, 2020
January 2020 Issue
“Promising Outcomes from a Pilot Program in Guatemala – Help our program grow!”
The end of 2019 marked one year of providing services through ISS-USA’s Safe Reunification and Reintegration program in Guatemala, made possible through our partnership with LUMOS and our dedicated case managers in Guatemala. In the first year of the program, ISS-USA served over 183 individuals in 14 of Guatemala’s 22 departments. Our partners enrolled 95% of returning children in school along with 94% of their eligible siblings and connected with 170 public, private and community-based resources throughout the country. In 100% of cases, at least one parent found employment within six months with an average increase in family income of $125/per month The team also provided nearly 40 families with ongoing psychosocial support to help sustain the reunification.

You can help this work continue through 2020 with a dedicated donation to Safe Repatriation and Reintegration Planning .
Training Reintegration Social Workers in Honduras
On December 9th, ISS-USA Program and Training Manager Elaine Weisman trained the reintegration social workers who will be based in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula. The training, which was developed in 2018 based on Children on the Move: From Protection towards a Quality Sustainable Solution, A Practical Guide , covers assessment, planning, implementation and monitoring of a child’s return to their home country after migration. In addition to providing cross-border case management involving children returning to Honduras, ISS-USA will provide technical assistance and ongoing training support to program staff. 

To refer a case for reintegration in Honduras, please fill out the referral form on our website and contact eweisman@iss-usa.org .
ISS-USA Reunites Siblings
Frank was born in Germany and adopted by an American family. For most of his life he knew little about his extended family that remained there. As an adult he had been seeking to connect with his birth relatives for some time, so it was a welcome surprise when two of his biological sisters in Germany contacted ISS Germany to try help find him. ISS-USA located Frank and worked with partners in Germany to connect the siblings. Today, Frank and his sisters are in regular communication and are excited to begin the year with a new connection to family. They are planning a reunion in the fall.
ISS-USA wishes Frank and his family the best as they build their relationship across borders! 

Intercountry Case Management Intern
visits Botswana, Ethiopia and South Africa
This month, ISS-USA intern Hannah Pursley (second from top right) traveled through three countries: Botswana , Ethiopia and South Africa . She was selected to participate in a cohort of students across disciplines from University of Maryland School of Social Work (UMSSW) and University of Baltimore (UB) to perform research on differentiated models of care for HIV and related topics in Gaborone, Botswana. She visited different clinics, hospitals, and organizations in efforts to bring new knowledge back to Baltimore. Pursley and other students from UB and UMSSW had the opportunity to collaborate with social work students from University of Botswana.
Check Out Our December Blog!
We have had a busy year at ISS-USA! Read our December blog to learn more about our banner year and why our supporters are so important to our mission.
A Big Thank You to Our Donors!

Over the past year, our donors helped International Social Service, USA (ISS-USA) provide social work services to 1,092 vulnerable children and adults separated across borders and over 2,000 individuals received expert advice, technical assistance and training in family reunification. We couldn't do the work that we do without your support!

Let's make an even greater difference in this new year and decade!

V is it our donation page or send a check to 1120 N Charles Street, Suite 300, Baltimore, MD 21201. As the need for casework services across borders grows, the importance of your help cannot be overstated. 

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 eweisman@iss-usa.org 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 cooperation@iss-ssi.org to express interest. Join our 90+ year old network of cross border experts!