Let’s celebrate 100 years of child protection and family reunification (and prepare the next 100 years).
We are a network of interconnected NGOs and partners that works towards re-establishing links within a family separated by international borders. We want to celebrate and highlight 100 years of Women Explorers, celebrating the women who have founded ISS and the women who are leading ISS now, 100 years of Restoring Links, allowing children and their families to be protected and reunited, and 100 years of Pioneer Advocacy, contributing to the development of international private and public law.
Discover key historic dates since the creation of ISS in Geneva in 1924 by a handful of courageous women to the development of a global network present in more than 120 countries.
It is in Geneva, Switzerland, that ISS has been founded by a handful of women. Facing the challenges of post World War I migrations, these women explorers recognized the need for coordinated action between countries to ease the passage of those travelling to unfamiliar lands, and to reduce the numbers of migrants being refused entry to countries they had gone to. The idea of an international migration agency was born.
For 100 years, ISS has been developing ecosystems allowing children and their families to be protected and reunited through time and across borders ISS has built a global network of members to address the needs of cross border social services through international and regional cooperation. It is the strength of this global network that has reunited children with their families across the world.
Solidly anchored on national levels through its worldwide network and community of social workers, ISS has been at the forefront of a changing social panorama, tackling complex challenges and real-life situations around child protection, childrens’ rights, family reunification and mediation, and much more.
Preparing the next 100 years.ISS TRANSFORMATION TARGETS 2020-2024.
Millions of children and families have been assisted worldwide.OUR MISSION, VISION, VALUES.