Past Presentations, Trainings, & Events: 
 

2016

December 6-7, 2016:
 
The Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Institute of Women in Migration (IMUMI)'s Fourth Annual Conference: Outreach Colloquium on Assistance and Protection of Migrants
Outreach Colloquium on Assistance and Protection of Migrants. Cross-border Coordination of Social Services: A Collaborative Model. Mexico City, Mexico. (Elaine Weisman, Speaker) (December 7, 2016)
 
The two-day Colloquium focused on urgent issues that affect transnational families in both Mexico and the United States. The conference explored a current panorama of migration issues including integration for U.S.-born children living in Mexico and cross-border family reunification into Mexico. The meeting addressed recent actions and responses to these issues, especially within the Mexican context. Elaine Weisman, Program Manager at International Social Service, USA, joined two other cross-border child welfare professionals on a panel about Family Reunification and cross-border services. Read the conference announcement or view an agenda in Spanish for more details.

November 15, 2016:
 
The American Association of Health and Human Services Attorneys (AAHHSA) Annual National Conference
Strategies for Resolving Cases Straddling International Borders; Ensuring Due Diligence for Children in Domestic Foster Care: Best Practices In Cross Border Child Welfare. Norfolk, VA. (Felicity Sackville Northcott, Panelist) (November 12-16, 2016).
This session examined unique legal issues that arise during cross-border cases such as when one or both parents of a child who enters the foster care system live in another country, or when a U.S. citizen child returned from overseas must be placed in foster care. Northcott, along with International Social Service Board Member Ann Laquer Estin, discussed issues such as the availability of international judicial assistance, obtaining evidence and legalization of foreign documents, consular notification and the role of foreign consul, and how International Social Service USA and the global network can aid in resolving complex cross border cases. View the full program agenda on the AAHHSA Conference website

October 13, 2016

International Social Service's 6th Annual Fall Conference
The Ties That Bind: Exploring the Causes and Consequences of Children Separated From Their Families Across International Borders, Baltimore, MD. (October 13, 2016)
International Social Service's 6th Annual Conference, co-hosted by the University of Maryland School of Social Work, focused on the legal and human rights of children separated from their biological families across international borders. From long-standing methods including international adoption and international parental abduction, to emerging issues like international surrogacy and the movement of unaccompanied minors, the impact of denying children access to their biological families was examined within the context of an increasingly global world. More importantly, the conference concentrated on how legal, judicial and social service stakeholders can provide appropriate resources and share best practices to protect the safety, permanency and well-being of children.

September 27, 2016:

International Forum for Child Welfare’s WorldForum 2016
Panel on Child Labor/Slavery, Child Welfare NGO Leadership and Capacity Building: Thinking outside the box, Santa Fe, NM. (Julie Rosicky, Panelist) (September 27, 2016).
The child labor/slavery panel examined the diverse root causes of the problem of child labour and the systemic responses and good practices that have shown to be effective. To view more details, visit the conference program page.

July 21, 2016:

Virginia Family Engagement Roundtable
Virginia Family Engagement Roundtable, Virginia Department of Social Services, Richmond, VA. (Elaine Weisman, Speaker) (July 21 2016).
This presentation revolved around how ISS-USA can assist in locating and engaging family members outside the United States in permanency planning for children in Virginia state care.

April 2016:

April 28-29th, 2016:
Regional Training in Central America: Coordinated Cross-Border Social Services for Children and Families Migrating in the Northern Triangle, Mexico, and the U.S
Guatemala (April 28-29, 2016)
As part of ISS-USA's mission to protect and defend vulnerable children across borders, ISS-USA implemented a regional training in Guatemala on April 28-29th. This training is part of a project to provide coordinated cross border social services for children and families migrating in the Northern Triangle, Mexico, and the U.S. This training worked to develop a regional network of social service agencies committed to cross border support, increase collaboration and communication among these agencies, and ultimately protect the rights of unaccompanied children and their families entering and exiting these regions. For more information, please view the ISS-USA Cross-Border Training Flyer or contact Elaine Weisman, Program Manager.
 
April 21, 2016
2016 International Parents Conference & Embassy Walk
In Support of Left Behind Parents of Abducted Children”, 2016 International Parents Conference & Embassy Walk, Washington D.C. Hosted by iStand Parent Network. (Felicity Northcott, Speaker) (April 21, 2016). Read more about the 2016 International Parents Conference & Embassy Walk here.
 

2015

October 22-23, 2015:

Cross Border Child Protection Conference: Legal and Social Perspectives Towards a Better Protection of Children Worldwide

  • "The Operation of the 1996 Convention in Practice: The Socio-Legal Dimensions of International Child Protection – An ISS Perspective”, Cross-border Child Protection Conference: Legal and social perspectives towards a better protection of children worldwide, Geneva, Switzerland, Hosted by ISS & the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law. (Felicity Northcott, Panelist) (October 22, 2015).
  • The Way Forward: Promotion, development and monitoring of the 1996 Convention: Ideas and vision”, Cross-border Child Protection Conference: Legal and social perspectives towards a better protection of children worldwide, Geneva, Switzerland, Hosted by ISS & the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law. (Julie Rosicky, Speaker) (October 23, 2015).

See Conference Outcomes, Conclusions, and Recommendations here.

 
September 17, 2015:

ISS-USA's 90th Anniversary National Celebration: 

ISS-USA's 90th Anniversary National Celebration, Gold Room, Rayburn House Office Building, Washington D.C.(September 17, 2015). This commemorative celebration brought together organizations and individuals with an interest in ISS-USA's work and mission. Guests included members of Congress, Ambassadors, government representatives, and partners in both the nonprofit and for profit sectors.To learn more about our 90th event, please read our 90th event newsletter.

Our 90th Anniversary National Celebration was sponsored by:

                

    

     

 Event photography was generously provided by Erin Marie Dey Photography, erindey@hotmail.com.

Beer was generously provided by Trippin' Farm Brewery.  

Wine was generously provided by Rob Reich, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC.

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2014

September 19, 2014:

Cross Border Child Protection Conference: Legal and Social Perspectives Towards a Better 

"Protecting Parental Rights and Promoting the Best Interest of Children During and After Immigration Enforcement", CWLA’s 2014 National Kinship Care Conference, Building Communities of Caring for Children and Families. (Felicity Sackville Northcott, PhD, Speaker) (September 19, 2014).