July 12, 2018

Press Release: ISS-USA Awarded $64,000 Grant from Jesse Ball duPont Fund to Reunite Separated Families Across Borders


Marie Blum, Fund Development and Communications Coordinator

International Social Service, USA




International Social Service, USA Awarded $64,000 Grant from Jesse Ball duPont Fund to Reunite Separated Families Across Borders


BALTIMORE, MD — International Social Service, USA (ISS-USA) has received a $64,000.00 grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund to provide social services for an additional 75 families separated across country borders. The support represents emergency funding following the recent separation of families at the southern U.S. border with Mexico, causing an overflow of those in need of cross-border social services.

Building on the work the International Social Service global network has been performing for over ninety years, this grant will allow ISS-USA and their Intercountry Casework Team to provide case management services to:

1.                   Locate and connect families separated by state and country borders.

2.                   Facilitate communication between separated families.

3.                   Perform community surveys used in immigration cases so judges can determine whether a child meets the threshold for immigration relief.

4.                   Perform community surveys for planning the safe return of children to their home country.

5.                   Find and acquire documents and birth certificates to verify relationships between parent and child.

6.                   Refer cross-border cases to pro bono counsel.

"We applaud the Jessie Ball duPont Fund for its responsiveness in supporting ISS-USA to provide necessary social services for the safe and sustainable reunification of children with their families,” said ISS-USA’s Executive Director Julie Gilbert Rosicky. “This grant is especially timely, generous and important in helping us continue our work for families worldwide.”

Founded in 1924, International Social Service has been providing cross-border services for over 90 years and is a global network operating in over 130 countries. International Social Service, USA is the U.S. member of this network; connecting vulnerable children, adults, and families separated by international borders to the services and support they need. 

The Jessie Ball duPont Fund is a charitable foundation that issues grants to organizations that received support from teacher and philanthropist Jesse Ball duPont, who was married to Alfred I. duPont. When she died on September 26, 1970, the bulk of her estimated $42 million estate, one of the largest in Florida history, became the Jessie Ball duPont Religious, Charitable and Educational Fund.

For more information, visit http://www.iss-usa.org.

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