We're returning to our nation's capitol for the 7th Annual International Parents Conference & Embassy Walk,
Sept. 30 - October 2, 2020 in Washington DC.
The International Parents Conference connects families from across the nation and internationally with other parents, members of Congress, federal agencies and international diplomats, offering critical access to important decision-makers and stakeholders as they fight for their children's return.
For three days, we engage in solution-oriented action on Capitol Hill, at the International Parents Conference and during our march down Embassy Row. iStand helps new parents learn the 'ropes' of impassioned, effective advocacy for their children, and diverse workshops on a range of topics equip each participant to carry the message and the movement forward. For returning attendees, the Conference is an important opportunity to recharge, find new solutions and advance public policy form. It's not all work though! In the evenings, we come together again for festive fellowship, food and drinks to cap off action-packed days.
In 2014, a small group of parents and survivors gathered in Washington DC, united in the belief that we could create and sustain a parent-driven movement to bring children home from International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA) and require more effective solutions and action from our government and the international community to prevent and end this crime against children and families.
That first conference of 10 parents and three formerly-abducted children served toIGNITEthe flame that became iStand Parent Network Inc. Today, in partnership with the parent community, our Coalition partners and a growing network of friends of America's Stolen Children, we are strong in the FIGHTfor their return and committed to helping every abducted child REUNITEwith loving parents, families and communities.
Children have come home as a result of the iStand Conference, and more are coming. This year, we are pleased to bring back the Kids & Sibs Track-- a special track for returned children, their siblings and the siblings of those remain abducted to a foreign nation.
We invite all parents who've attended the Conference to return for this special year, and to invite new parents, grandparents and advocates to join us in Washington DC for three days of action, advocacy and direct engagement with federal officials and international diplomats, as we call upon our government and upon nations to bring America's Stolen Children.
COST: $65/per person. Covers admission to all events, and continental breakfast, the iStand Awards Luncheon, appetizers and drinks at the post-conference mixer.
For the first time, the International Parents Conference & Embassy Walk will convene at a downtown-DC hotel! The Hilton Garden Inn & Suites is a modern, elegant hotel in the heart of downtown Washington. The hotel is just a 15-minute walk to Union Station, a few blocks more the U.S. Capitol, and 7 miles from Reagan International Airport. We're excited to centralize main conference events under one roof!
Conference Hotel: The Hilton Garden Inn & Suites has a limited block of rooms reserved Sept 29 - Oct 2. To reserve a room call 877-782-9444 and use the code: SRP.
AirBnb: Attendees are encouraged to consider AirBNB cost-sharing options. Please email email@example.com to be connected with others to cost share accommodations.
SCHOLARSHIPS: We don't ever want to turn a parent away from attending conference. We offer scholarships to cover registration and accommodations fees. Please firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.