International Services

  • International Services
The Capital Area Chapter, in partnership with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, helps vulnerable people and communities around the world prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters, humanitarian emergencies and health crises by mobilizing the power of the world’s largest humanitarian network. The International Red Cross and Red Crescent movement is made up of 188 Red Cross and Red Crescent national societies and more than 100 million members, volunteers and supporters. In all our work we abide by our seven fundamental principles: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.

Working with our partners around the globe, the American Red Cross helps to build the local capacities of our sister Red Cross and Red Crescent societies, collaborates with those to train and organize volunteers and educate communities, and establishes partnerships with other public and private organizations to strengthen and complement our core international services and initiatives.

Restoring Family Links:
Restoring Family Links alleviates the suffering of family members separated by armed conflict or disaster worldwide. Offered completely free of charge, this service gives families a way to restore contact.

Services include:
  • Family Tracing and Location Services
  • Red Cross Messages
  • Health and Welfare Inquires
  • Disaster Welfare Inquires
  • ICRC Travel Documents
  • Information and Referral Services
Capital Area Chapter’s International Services accepts tracing cases when:
  • Families have been separated as a result of either armed conflict or disaster.
  • As much as possible, families should have tried normal channels of communication before requesting Red Cross tracing services.
  • The family member making the inquiry provides essential information on the sought person.
  • The family member making the inquiry is a close family relative, who has been in direct contact with the sought person before the conflict or disaster occurred.
To begin a search, or for any questions on the Restoring Family Links program please call (850) 878-6080 or e-mail

International Humanitarian Law:
The American Red Cross has a unique mandate to educate the American public about the guiding principles and International Humanitarian Law framework as it applies to the protection of members of the armed forces, including prisoners of war and civilians. International Humanitarian Law serves as the internationally agreed upon standard of humane treatment and response to non-combatants and combatants alike during armed conflict. Its principal legal documents are the four Geneva Conventions of 1949 and two sets of protocols that further expand these rights.

The Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross is currently organizing International Humanitarian Law Courses. If you are interested in attending, planning, or hosting an IHL Course, please call (850) 878-6080 or e-mail

Measles & Rubella Initiative:
Launched in 2001, the Measles & Rubella Initiative is a global health partnership led by the American Red Cross, the United Nations Foundation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF and the World Health Organization. The Initiative provides technical and financial support to governments and communities for mass vaccination campaigns and disease surveillance around the world.

In 1980, before widespread vaccination, measles caused an estimated 2.6 million deaths each year. With accelerated immunization activities spearheaded by governments and the Measles Initiative, global measles mortality has decreased by an impressive 78 percent worldwide from 733,000 deaths in 2000 to 164,000 in 2008. Reductions in measles-related deaths during that same time period accounts for nearly a quarter (24 percent) of the overall decrease in childhood mortality, representing significant progress toward Millennium Development Goal 4 (MDG4). This goal, which was set by the UN, aims to reduce the mortality rate for children less than five years by two thirds between 1990 and 2015.

For any campaign to be successful, the community must participate. The American Red Cross provides financial support and training to Red Cross and Red Crescent societies in Africa on community education and mobilization. This training prepares volunteers to go house-to-house to educate families about the importance of getting vaccinated and where they can access immunization services – enabling campaigns to reach children in the most remote villages.

To learn more, visit or call (850) 878-6080.

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