September 26, 2016

International Social Service Awarded U.S. Repatriation Cooperative Agreement from the Office of Refugee Resettlement

Baltimore, MD, (September 26 2016) – International Social Service is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a five year cooperative agreement for up to a total of five million dollars to continue helping to administer the U.S. Repatriation Program from October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2021.  International Social Service is the only grantee working in partnership with, and on behalf of, the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to provide repatriation assistance to vulnerable children and adults returning to the U.S. from an average of more than 90 countries per year.

Through the U.S. Repatriation Program, International Social Service will continue coordinating with its state and local partners to provide health and mental health care, housing, and employment assistance so that vulnerable U.S. citizens returning to the U.S. due to mental illness, destitution, domestic violence, natural disasters, conflicts, medical emergencies, and child abandonment, can be safely reintegrated into communities in the U.S. Since 1997, International Social Service has supported the management of the U.S. Repatriation Program. Of the total population served through the program, International Social Service has helped coordinate the provision of social services to more than 14,000 repatriates returning during both non-emergency and emergency situations, such as the evacuations from Haiti and Lebanon. Of those returning, nearly 30 percent are children.

“Now, with more people on the move than ever, we need good models for safe repatriation and reintegration. We are pleased and proud to serve as the U.S. government’s partner in providing assistance to vulnerable U.S. citizens as they return to the U.S. We hope that the U.S. program will serve as a model for replication as vulnerable citizens of other countries need to return and reintegrate to their countries of origin,” stated Julie G. Rosicky, Executive Director International Social Service.

Learn more about the U.S. Repatriation Program on the Office of Refugee Resettlement's website.

International Social Service is the U.S. member of a global child protection and social service network. ISS-USA connects vulnerable children, adults, and families, separated by international borders, to the services and support they need.

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