Arthur C. Helton Institute


In July 2007, with funding from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, ISS-USA launched the Arthur C. Helton Institute for the Study of International Social Service (the ACH Institute).

Arthur C. Helton was the Director of Peace and Conflict Studies and Senior Fellow for Refugee Studies and Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations when he died in the August 19, 2003 in the bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad. At the time of his death Mr. Helton was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of International Social Service-United States of America Branch.

Mr. Helton, an international lawyer and scholar, dedicated his professional life to working with refugees and recommending ways to ease their plight. In 1994, he founded and then directed the Forced Migration Projects at the Open Society Institute. For 12 years prior to that, he directed the Refugee Project at the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights.

The ACH Institute is the research, advocacy, and technical support arm of our agency. The Helton Institute also works cooperatively with ISS-USA’s Intercountry Program to provide training to social service, legal and judicial stakeholders.



ISS-USA maintains one of the most comprehensive social work archives in the country at the University of Minnesota’s Social Welfare History Archives. If you are interested in conducting research on these expansive records please download the Archive Request Form OR complete the form here.

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