The International Social Service (I.S.S.) based in Geneva, was founded in 1924. It is an independent non-profit international organization, free of social, racial, religious, political or national discrimination.
It has branches and representatives in 140 countries that collaborate (international network of national organizations and agencies) to address family, social, psychological and legal problems of individuals and families who have moved to other countries, either willingly or unwillingly. The predominant role of the International Social Service is to protect children internationally.
In 1998, I.S.S. was awarded a distinction by the United Nations as “Recognition for the 50 years of excellent services and contribution to social and economic goals”.
ISS- Hellenic Branch is one of the founding members of the International Social Service Network and is among the first branches which operated since 1924 serving refugees from Asia Minor.
International Relations – Co-operations
The International Social Service has consultative status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC), UNESCO, UNICEF, the Council of Europe, the Organization of American States and collaborates closely with certain committees of the European Union, the Hague Conference on Private International Law, the High Commissioner for Refugees of the UN (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Amnesty International, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and other international organizations.
Specifically, the Hellenic Branch is active in areas covered by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1980), the United Nations Convention on the status of Refugees (1951), the Hague Convention on the Protection of Minors (1961), the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (1980) and the Hague Convention in Respect of Internartional Adoption (1993).