Restoring Family Links (RFL)
Armed conflict, international disasters and migration leave millions of people around the globe in urgent need of humanitarian assistance every year. As the world’s largest humanitarian network, Red Cross and Red Crescent teams help reconnect families separated by international crises.
The American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties helps reconnect loved ones when:
o Families are separated internationally as a result of conflict, disaster, migration or other humanitarian emergency.
o The family member making the inquiry is able to provide essential information on the sought person.
o The family member making the inquiry is a relative who had been in direct contact with the sought person before the crisis occurred.
The American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties also can clarify or document the fate of relatives missing due to armed conflict (including Holocaust and WWII tracing) as well as Documentation Services like Certificates of Detention.
Our Restoring Family Links services are free and confidential. We work with you to search for and locate your family and loved ones. However, the American Red Cross does not provide financial assistance for family members as a result of a successful reconnection.
To use any of the above services or for additional information about the program call (858) 309-1488. You can also initiate an inquiry through the International Reconnecting Families Inquiry Form or by calling our free national helpline at (844) 782-9441.
Measles & Rubella Initiative
The American Red Cross is a founding partner of the Measles & Rubella Initiative, one of the world’s most successful partnerships in global health.
The partners in the initiative provide technical and financial support to governments and communities around the world to conduct mass vaccination campaigns, improve immunization services, and establish effective disease surveillance. Campaigns routinely also include insecticide-treated bed nets for malaria prevention, deworming medicine, polio vaccines, and vitamin A.
For about $1, a child can be vaccinated against measles and rubella, helping to avert an additional 13.4 million deaths this decade in the world’s poorest countries. With help from your friends, classmates or coworkers, you can vaccinate an entire village.
How you can help
More than 90 percent of our total work force is composed of volunteers. Your time and talent can make a real difference in people’s lives. If you’d like to volunteer with any of the International Services programs above, join our team today.