October 23, 2015
ISS Co-Hosts International Cross-Border Child Protection Conference
ISS-USA Participates in International Cross-Border Child Protection Conference
Baltimore, MD, (October 23, 2015) – The General Secretariat of ISS, in collaboration with the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, held a Cross Border Child Protection International Conference & Workshop in Geneva on October 21-23, 2015. Over 280 experts from 66 countries attended, including child protection authorities, judges, social workers, mediators, lawyers, psychologists, and international organizations from around the globe. This conference promoted and strengthened the effective implementation of the Hague Child Protection Convention of 1996 and facilitated dialogue on the socio-legal dimensions of international child-protection.
"There is undoubtedly an increased need for protection and support for children and their families. There is a need for greater recognition, by all of us, of existing protection measures, including those from different cultures" said Jean Ayoub, ISS Secretary General in his welcoming remarks at the conference.
Felicity Sackville Northcott, PhD, Director of External Partnerships and International Services for ISS-USA, presented on two panels: 1) Best Practices in the Cross-Border Placement of Children and 2) The Vital Role the ISS Federation Plays in Training Individuals, Lawyers, Judges and Government Representatives on Best Practices in Cross-Border Child Welfare and Protection. Julie Rosicky, Executive Director, co-presented The Way Forward for ISS.
The ISS Federation was recognized for its ability to provide easily accessible services for individuals in complex transnational situations through its established network of legal and social work professionals.
Additional information on the conference can be found on the ISS-General Secretariat’s page, and photos of the conference can be found on ISS-USA’s Facebook album.