International Services

  • A little girl getting a measles vaccine shot

The international tracing program helps local families find relatives with whom they have lost contact because of a natural disaster, war or internal conflict. We worked on 30 international tracing cases last year.
Real Life Story
Norma Gamero, a Red Cross staff member, delivered a message to a detainee from Lebanon at the Central Detention Facility in Washington, DC. The message was from the detainee's mother, whom he had not seen for five years. Gamero recalled what happened, “When I arrived, I learned he could only speak Arab and Spanish. I don’t speak Arab, but I introduced myself to him in Spanish and could see relief in his face. He read his mother’s note and said, ‘Thank you for bringing me news from my mother and thank you so much for visiting me. You are the first and only visit I have had.’”