March 5, 2020
February 2020 Issu e
ISS-USA Selected as Official Charity Partner for the TCS New York City Marathon 2020
International Social Service, USA (ISS-USA  has been accepted as an official charity partner for the  TCS New York City Marathon  on Nov 1, 2020 and has  five guaranteed entries  available for runners interested in raising funds for our cause. 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 .

Here is a link to our website where runners can get basic information about Team ISS-USA. Any questions can be directed to . Thank you and we hope you can join us in running the marathon to benefit vulnerable children and families! 

ISS Honors Marjorie J. Helton
ISS-USA would like to express our condolences to the Helton Family on the passing of Marjorie J. Helton.

Mrs. Helton was the mother of our former Board member and namesake for the Arthur C. Helton Institute at ISS-USA who was killed in the bombing of the UN Headquarters in Baghdad in 2003.

Marjorie was a kind and generous woman, and we are lucky to have counted her among our strong supporters. We are deeply saddened by her passing. Our hearts go out to her family during this difficult time.

The following is a direct link to Mrs. Helton's obituary.
Welcome to ISS-USA's Emergency Disaster Case Management Team!
Thomas Enokian, Program Manager
Lacie Thomas, Program Assistant
Lisa Punter, Independent Training Consultant
Wayne Viener, Independent Database Consultant
International Social Service-USA (ISS-USA) extends a warm welcome to our newly formed Emergency Disaster Case Management Team!

The ISS-USA Emergency Disaster Case Management Team was formed with a grant from the Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response (OHSEPR). The goal is to combine the best practices of repatriation assistance and other case management to provide exceptional care to citizens in the United States. The team will provide OHSEPR staff with emergency and non-emergency repatriation case management training materials and develop a database of case management volunteers.

Currently, the team has developed a brief “Welcome to ISS-USA” PowerPoint that provides an overview of the ISS-USA repatriation program. Other projects include additional informational videos, training vignettes, identifying best practices for repatriation case coordination training, and hosting a Case Management Conference in the fall. 

The team consists of Tom Enokian (Program Manager), Lisa Punter (Independent Training Consultant), Lacie Thomas (Program Assistant), and Wayne Viener (Independent Database Consultant).
Our 2018 Annual Report Summary is Now Available!
2018 was a very busy year for International Social Service, USA (ISS-USA)!

In 2018, ISS-USA opened worked with 52 states and territories, 102 countries, provided 1,092 services to families, and served 792 children all over the World. View the  2018 Annual Report Summary , and learn more about our projects and programs in 2018.
In Children's Best Interests: Advancing a Fundamental Standard for the Treatment of Immigrant Children Symposium
International Social Service-USA's staff (from left to right) Alanna Hays, Hannah Pursley, Elaine Weisman, Morgan Drayton, Ema Makas and Katrina Clemons attended a Symposium on February 13th and 14th entitled “In Children’s Best Interests: Advancing a Fundamental Standard for the Treatment of Immigrant Children.” The event was sponsored by the American University Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, the American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

Over the course of the two day event, experts in immigration law and policy, child welfare, and human rights discussed the history of the best interest standard as a framework for protecting children globally, and how multidisciplinary professionals can apply these principles to work with immigrant children in the US. US Representative Pramila Jayapal gave a keynote address on the first day and asylee, attorney and advocate Liana Montecinos gave the plenary on the second day.

ISS-USA works with partners in 120 countries around the world to support cross-border permanency planning in the best interest of the child and currently has programming to support safe repatriation and reintegration in Guatemala and Honduras.
Check Out Our February Blog!
Read our February blog to learn more about our banner year and why our supporters are so important to our mission.
Attention social workers in OHIO 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 Felicity Sackville Northcott at 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 to express interest. Join our 90+ year old network of cross border experts!