request American Red Cross international tracing
and messaging services,
call your local branch office.
The reach of your local American Red Cross extends around the world. We
provide International Social Services, Tracing and Messaging to assist
families in contacting or locating loved ones in areas of war and disaster
around the world. The American Red Cross also supports international relief
efforts to relieve human suffering.
INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL SERVICES INCLUDE:
- Locating missing loved ones. The American Red
Cross works with other national societies to trace family
members in the midst of war, civil unrest, or disaster
in other countries. Requests are accepted from any individual
at local Red Cross chapters or offices on U.S. military
installations worldwide. Depending on circumstances,
searches may continue for months or years and may end
with the confirmed death of a relative. Yet many who
grieve also express relief at learning the fate of a
loved one. And sometimes, searches end with joyous reunions.
- Exchanging family messages. When regular
channels of communication are severed during war, the
Red Cross provides a conduit for separated family members
to exchange messages. Your local chapter or station provides
the link to families caught in conflict around the world.
Red Cross Messages may originate with someone in the
community - often a recent immigrant or refugee - who
requests assistance. Or a chapter may deliver messages
from almost anywhere in the world. Thanks to this global
network, civilians, prisoners of war, detainees, and
their loved ones are less alone.
- Making international disaster relief inquiries. When
earthquakes, severe storms, and other natural disasters
strike, normal lines of communication may be disrupted
for some time. Families in the U.S. who are anxious about
the welfare of relatives in a disaster - stricken area
can call on the Red Cross. When the national society
of the country where the disaster occurred is able to
accept inquiries, information will be channeled back
through local Red Cross chapters.
- Making health and welfare inquiries. In
peacetime as well as in the midst of conflict, whenever
normal communication is disrupted, the American Red
Cross makes every effort to obtain information about
ones. Whenever possible, concerned families will be
kept abreast of the whereabouts and well-being of
until normal communication resumes.
The role of the American
Red Cross in providing international relief and
development continues to widen in scope and complexity.
The American Red Cross has established projects
in response to humanitarian needs in Rwanda, the
former Yugoslavia, Cambodia, and throughout the
former Soviet Union. Victims of numerous other
less visible - but no less urgent - crises also
benefit from American Red Cross assistance.
In response to each, the American Red Cross continues to work with the
International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Federation
of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, individual national Red Cross
or Red Crescent societies, and the Magen David Adom in Israel to alleviate
suffering caused by conflict and natural disasters.