All of the Network's advocacy is done by committee. Each committee is chaired by a member of iStand's Board of Directors, who work in tandem with parents from coalition partner organizations and others. We meet every Wednesday via conference call to plan and implement strategies in five advocacy areas:
Parent Advocacy is the foundational and most important element of iStand’s five-fold agenda and includes peer-to-peer advocacy with parents of internationally abducted or wrongfully retained children, initiatives and programs that empower parents to successful recover their children.
Parent Advocacy initiatives need always be consistent with the Code of Ethics, protect the privacy of children and parents and advance the goals of peer support, abduction prevention, family reunification and multilevel policy reform.
Public Policy efforts include monitoring and cooperating with local, state, federal and international public, private and ngo entities to address and reduce the incidence of international parental child abduction and unlawful retention.
Multi-level legal reform is necessary to prevent and remedy IPCA, including: U.S. ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child; consistent enforcement of state, federal, and international laws that criminalize international parental kidnapping, abduction and wrongful retention; rigorous education and training for officers of the court, especially family and domestic courts on the risks of IPCA, parental alienation and high-risk custody situations.
Communications keeps the mission and vision of the coalition in front of the public sphere through strategic communications, publications, public awareness campaigns, social media, event-oriented marketing and media and public relations.
Research & Sustainability
Research and evaluation guide coalition work, including the development of a library of relevant publications, original research and data that informs key stakeholders, drives Network and public policy and advances the goal of establishing an information clearinghouse. A focus on Network and movement sustainability includes creative resource development and the establishment of collaborative local, state, federal and international partnerships.