October 10, 2016

Keynote Speaker Revealed for 6th Annual Fall Conference

Baltimore, MD, (October 10, 2016) – International Social Service, USA is thrilled to reveal that Gregory Adams, Co-chair of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network's (MFAN) Country Ownership Working Group, will deliver the keynote speech at its 6th Annual Fall Conference: The Ties That Bind: Exploring the Causes and Consequences of Children Separated From Their Families Across International Borders, on October 13th, 2016 at the University of Maryland School of Social Work in Baltimore, MD.

Gregory Adams is an expert in U.S. global development policy and practice. He serves as co-chair of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network's (MFAN) Country Ownership Working Group, and as co-chair of the Truman Project Democracy & Development Experts Group. He has spent the last decade working inside and outside government to improve how the United States works to end poverty and protect human rights for the poorest people around the world, including children and their families. That work has included strengthening U.S. support for humanitarian preparedness and response, ending preventable disease, and expanding and improving basic education. Most recently, Adams directed Oxfam's advocacy work on aid effectiveness and reform of aid and development policy, both in the United States and in other donor capitals. In this role he worked to generate momentum for foreign aid and development policy reforms that are driven by a long-term commitment to effectively reduce poverty and help all people achieve their basic human rights.

Prior to Oxfam, Adams spent more than 10 years working for members of the US House of Representatives, covering national security and foreign affairs issues. Adams has given briefings and presentations at venues including the United Nations, U.S. Congress, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, Organization for Economic and Development Cooperation and various universities and private sector organizations. Adams is a frequent commentator in the media including The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, NPR, The Hill and Politico.

International Social Service’s 6th Annual Conference will focus on the legal and human rights of children separated from their biological families across international borders and will explore the following cross-border topics through panel discussions: (1) Taken: International Parental Abduction, (2) Broken Bonds: The Re-homing of Adopted Children, (3) Children Alone: Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors, and (4) Biology and Family: Regulating Reproductive Technologies and Protecting the Rights of the Children.

We are tremendously excited to hear from Adams about how to ensure that humanitarian efforts protect and benefit the most vulnerable. Visit the conference website page to learn more about Adams and the other notable speakers working in international issues and child welfare.

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


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