On 19 January 2017, the iSupport Governing Body will convene a press conference at 10.00 a.m. at the premises of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) (Churchillplein 6B, 2517 JW The Hague).
iSupport is a ground-breaking electronic case management and secure communication system for cross-border Child Support Payments. "iSupport will greatly reinforce the effective operation of the 2007 Hague Maintenance Convention and thus benefit millions of children around the world", Dr Bernasconi, Secretary General of the HCCH said. He continued: "This press conference will mark an important milestone in the life of iSupport as it bookends the development stage of the system; it will also be an important part of the first meeting of the iSupport Governing Body, iSupport's premier governance organ."
The conference will be an opportunity to demonstrate how children and families benefit from it globally, and how it facilitates fundamental human rights of children as established under the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. In a world where more than 240 million persons live outside the State in which they were born, statistics show that there is on average one international child support case per 1000 habitants. The speakers will provide representatives of the media with a comprehensive briefing concerning iSupport and engage in a panel discussion:
- Dr Christophe Bernasconi, Secretary General of the HCCH
- Philippe Lortie, First Secretary of the HCCH
- Alisha Griffin, Director of DCSS (Departement of Child Support Services), California.
"We are proud to say that California (USA) and Portugal are already using iSupport. In addition, six EU and non-EU States have expressed their intention to install and use iSupport in the coming six months, while a range of additional States have asked for a demonstration of the system", Dr Bernasconi said.
The iSupport Electronic Case Management and Secure Communication System
iSupport is an electronic case management and secure communication system. It will allow an efficient, modern and timely recovery of child support and family maintenance in cross-border cases, under the EU 2009 Maintenance Regulation and the 2007 Hague Child Support Convention. iSupport provides various electronic tools (workflows, assigned tasks, alerts, monitoring of payments, etc.) to assist caseworkers in handling maintenance cases quickly and efficiently. iSupport also includes a highly secure communication tool (developed by the EU e-CODEX project) used by Central Authorities to transmit applications, messages, documents between States using iSupport. This Open Source software released under the EUPL license will allow States to realise considerable savings and to provide their citizens with effective access to justice. All States implementing iSupport will benefit from comprehensive documentation, support from the Service Provider handling system maintenance (Protech Solutions) and the assistance of the iSupport team. The system will be made available to all EU States that are bound by the 2009 Maintenance Regulation in addition to all States bound by the 2007 Hague Child Support Convention, including the seven non-EU States that have to date ratified or acceded to the 2007 Convention (see below).
A new release of the software, providing new functionalities and general improved user-friendliness, is currently being prepared and should be delivered by the end of the first semester of 2017.
On 18 and 19 January 2017, the iSupport Governing Body will meet for the first time. iSupport's Governing Body comprises representatives from the EU, iSupport partner States, and the CEO of the American company which developed the system (Protech Solutions inc.). It will discuss governance, technical and financial issues.
The Governing Body meeting will also coincide with the entry into force of the 2007 Hague Child Support Convention for Montenegro and the United States of America. The 2007 Convention has currently 35 Contracting States; in light of the practical importance of the subject matter, this number is expected to continue to grow significant.
Press kits will be available to media representatives.
For further information and registration, please contact the iSupport project and legal coordinator, Marie Vautravers at (firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone number: 070-3029944). Please register by Wednesday 18 January.