The organization

History

Aims and Objectives

How ISS is funded

International network

The General secretariat

How to contact us

 

The organization

The International Social Service (ISS) is an international non-governmental organization dedicated to helping individuals and families with personal or social problems resulting from migration and international movement. ISS's national branches, affiliated bureaux and correspondents in over 100 countries facilitate communication between social services to resolve these problems.

 

History

The idea of creating an international social service was developed in 1921, when delegates from 17 countries met at a world conference in Stockholm in response to the aftermath of the First World War. In 1924, the International Migration Service (IMS) was created.
IMS was essentially restricted to Europe and North America at that time.
In 1946, the name of the organization changed to International Social Service and has since become a truly worldwide organization.

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Aims and Objectives

To assist those who, as a result of voluntary or forced migration or other social problems of an international character, have to overcome personal or family difficulties ;

To study from an international standpoint the conditions and consequences of migration in relation to individual and family life, and to make recommendations or undertake any other appropriate action;

To contribute to the prevention of social problems linked to migration or intercountry mobility;

To inform professsionals and the public of the needs of migrant individuals and families;

To develop and maintain an international network of national bodies to meet the needs of individuals and families who require the services of ISS.

 

How ISS is funded

The International Social Service receives financial support from a variety of sources. National branches and affiliated bureaux are independent entities funded by varying combinations of government grants, subsidies from international organizations and private financial donations, as well as donations of goods, services and time.

The Geneva-based secretariat is supported by contributions from national branches and affiliated bureaux for its role as a coordinating body. Projects and programmes launched by the international organization require specific fund-raising activities. Amongst the supporters of current programmes are the UNHC, UNICEF, the governments of Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland, and Stichting Kinderpostzegels Nederland (SKN).

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International network

 The ISS international network comprises the General Secretariat , ISS units (branch offices, affiliated bureaux and delegations) and correspondents.

All the branches are equally represented on the International Council which acts as the general assembly. It meets at least  once every three years and elects the Executive Committee which is responsible for the overall policy, programmes and the budget of the General Secretariat. A Professional Advisory Committee comprising the directors of the ISS units advises the Executive Committee and the General Secretariat.

The General Secretariat, based in Geneva, coordinates the international network and maintains contacts with international organizations. Where necessary, it acts as the intermediary for certain correspondents who may be relatively unfamiliar with ISS working methods and inter-country problems.

The branch offices are autonomous, national, non-governmental organizations which are integral parts of the social services in their respective countries. Each is run by a committee drawn from nationals in that country and is  staffed by qualified local people. Their statutes must conform with ISS aims and principles but otherwise they are free to develop their programmes in accordance with the needs of their own countries.

Affiliated bureaux are national welfare institutions which assume responsibility for ISS work in their respective countries. They are members of ISS , are represented on the International Council and, like the branches, contribute to the international budget of the General Secretariat.

Delegations are established in special situations by the General Secretariat to carry out the same sort of functions as a branch office but, financially and administratively, they depend on the General Secretariat.

The correspondents are located in more than 100 countries. They may be national social work ministries, specialized welfare institutions or national offices of international agencies. They generally allocate one or more professional social workers to carry out ISS inter-country case work on a part-time or full-time basis.

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The General secretariat

ISS GENEVA, THE GENERAL SECRETARIAT, IS THE CENTRAL LINK FOR 20 BRANCH OFFICES AND AFFILIATED BUREAUS AND OVER 100 CORRESPONDENT COUNTRIES. 

ISS has Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC). This entitles the ISS to have observers at many UN meetings, to receive documents, and to make written and oral statements in conjunction with other NGOs.

The ISS Geneva Office is presently staffed by:

Jean AYOUB

Secretary General

 

 

General Office:

 

 

Seema PANNAIKADAVIL

Assistant to the SG

 

 

Anne-Chantal LANZ

Administration & Finances

 

 

Casework Division:

 

 

 

Christine LAMBERT Director Case Work and Public Relations
   

Julie CAPEWELL 

Coordinator

 

 

Anna Rosa LOIACONO

Special Advisor (volunteer*)

 

 

Anna MOSCA

Caseworker (volunteer*)

 

 

Dady OWEN  

General support (volunteer*)

 

 

Dominique ZUPPONI

Caseworker (volunter*)

   
   

"International Reference Centre for the Rights of Children Deprived of their Family (IRC)" programme:

 

 

 

 

Hervé BOECHAT

Director

 

 

Cécile MAURIN

Children's Rights Specialist

 

 

Mia DAMBACH

Children's Rights Specialist

 

 

Stéphanie

ROMANENS-PYTHOUD

Children's Rights Specialist
   

Liliana ALMENAREZ 

Administrative Assistant

   
Roberta LEVY Intern
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to contact us

International Social Service

32 quai du Seujet

1201 Geneva

Switzerland

Tel.: +41 22 906 77 00

Fax: +41 22 906 77 01

E-mail General Secretariat: info@iss-ssi.org

E-mail International Reference Centre: irc-cir@iss-ssi.org