You are here: Who we are Vision and mission
ISS strives to protect, defend, and support children, families, and individuals separated as a consequence of cross border migration.
ISS aims to ensure that respect for human rights is accorded to every individual, especially to children.
ISS is an international federation of interconnected NGOs and partners that works towards re-establishing links within a family separated by borders. The ISS network strives to find solutions that enhance the protection of children in vulnerable situations. Our key priorities are to protect the best interest of the child above all other considerations and to provide socio-legal counsel and psychological support.
In the area of child protection and rights; advocacy, policy development, research, training and capacity building are among our main focus areas.
Our areas of concern
Forced migrations (child trafficking, conflicts, wars, asylum)
Child abduction (inter-country divorce or separation)
Unaccompanied / orphan child(death, separation)
The services we provide
Intercountry social and legal assistance (applies to most situations)
Pre- and Post- adoption assistance
International family mediation
Child protection in family separation
Protection and care of unaccompanied minors
Alternative care / Foster care
Search of origins
ISS South Africa develops and disseminates guidelines and standards operating procedures to support unaccompanied minors coming from Zimbabwe and other neighboring countries through social workers to ensure the welfare of these children in South Africa.
ISS develops and conducts a series of projects to accompany and support the formalisation of international family mediation practice worldwide. This process was started by the European Union and The Hague Conference on International Private Law in the early 2000's.
All projects deal with information and awareness raising on mediation practice and strive to facilitate access to family mediators specialised in cross-border conflicts.
The publication, in 2014, of the first guide to international family mediation addressed to families, as well as professionals accompanying families, marks the kick-off of this global project.
ISS Switzerland has built a network that promotes regional cooperation among children, families, NGOs, States and childcare professionals, so as to identify and prevent displacement of minors at risk, and to protect and reintegrate children in a family environment supported by an educational or professional project.
ISS Hong Kong (ISSHK) was established in 1958 and has 36 service areas in Hong Kong and 8 in Mainland China with about 400 staff. Their Migrant Programme is an implementing partner of the UNHCR since 37 years and offers unique services for refugees and asylum seekers. It strives to integrate refugee children in local schools and provide support to their families.
ISS USA provides an effective assistance to unaccompanied minors. Beside promoting the UN Guidelines for Alternative Care and Implementing Guidelines to all their interlocutors, media, government (both federal and state), the Branch also advocates with government officials (state and federal) about not only utilizing family based care as a short term solution, but working with the region to develop a social work approach to finding long term solutions for protecting children, and keeping children together with their families.