By International Social Service, the Global Social Work Organization
ISS 100 years
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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.

ISS - 100 years of Women explorers 100 years of Women explorers

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.

ISS - 100 years of Restoring links 100 years of Restoring links

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.

ISS - 100 years of Pioneer advocacy 100 years of Pioneer advocacy

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.

  • Millions of children and families have been assisted worldwide.

  • Millions of children and families have been assisted worldwide.

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ISS, the Global Social Work Organization

ISS is present in more than 120 countries, constituting a well-connected network of NGOs, authorities and private social work practices. The ISS global network is coordinated by the ISS General Secretariat in Geneva.
Meet our Members and Members to Be.


Members ad interim
  • Albania
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Monaco
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia


Members ad interim
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Cayman Islands
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Guyana
  • Honduras
  • Jamaica
  • Uruguay


Members ad interim
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Benin
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Central African Republic
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea Conakry
  • Guinea Bissau
  • Ivory Coast
  • Liberia
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Morocco
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Togo
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Zimbabwe

Asia & Oceania

Members ad interim
  • Afghanistan
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Laos
  • Mongolia
  • Palestine
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Syria
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Vietnam

International Social Service - West Africa Office

BP 16 603
Dakara, Fann 10 760
Tel:(+221) 33 860 17 44

Asia-Pacific Regional Office (APRO)

International Social Service Hong Kong Branch
6/F, Southorn Centre,
130 Hennessy Road,
Wan Chai,
Hong Kong
Tel.: +852 2835 7544
Fax: +852 2834 7627