December 19, 2019
December 2019 Issue
Training Reintegration Social Workers in Honduras
In November 2019, International Social Service, USA (ISS-USA) began accepting pro-bono cases for children and youth who are returning to San Pedro Sula, Choloma, or Tegucigalpa, Honduras after an immigration-related separation. The pilot program, which will be implemented by a partner organization in Honduras in collaboration with public and civil society agencies, will provide six months of case management services for children and youth who have recently been deported from Mexico or the United States and are reintegrating with their families. 

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 .
Lending a Helping Hand on the International Day of Giving
On #GivingTuesday - Tuesday, December 3rd - eight ISS-USA staff members volunteered their time at two local non-profit organizations in Baltimore, MD - Our Daily Bread and Beans and Bread . Thank you to both organizations for allowing our staff to give back on the Global Day of Giving.
Meeting With ISS Colleagues While in Geneva
ISS-USA interns Alanna Hays (left) and Ema Makas (right) visit with International Social Service (ISS)'s CEO Jean Ayoub (center) while in Geneva attending the UNHCR's Global Refugee Forum from December 16-18, 2019. The forum is "an opportunity to translate the principle of international responsibility-sharing into concrete action."
Check Out Our DECEMBER Blog!
The end of 2019 is quickly approaching and 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.
The ISS-USA Staff Celebrates the Holidays
On Tuesday, December 17, the ISS-USA staff celebrated the holidays with a small breakfast and gift exchange.

Happy Holidays from our staff, who work tirelessly to help separated and vulnerable families around the World get access to social services every day.
Give the Gift of Family This Holiday Season

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, but we still need your help .  

Although work is being done to reunite separated families and provide reintegration services in Guatemala and Honduras, immediate family situations requiring ISS-USA’s expertise and assistance are coming in daily from 102 countries around the World.

This is where you can help. To give a gift this holiday season, visit 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!