Recent & Upcoming Visitors
India: Strengthening the Combat Against Trafficking and Gender-Based Violence
An IVLP delegation from India will meet health, public, and private sector leaders in Boston to review the best practices for combatting trafficking and preventing gender-based violence; discuss techniques to identify forms of gender-based abuse, report abuse, prosecute abusers, and provide assistance and protection to victims of gender-based violence; improve understanding about how social developments, such as economic opportunities, education, entrepreneurship, political participation, and leadership, can serve as tools for combatting violence; and examine education and outreach initiatives which focus on women's legal rights, the responsibility of men and boys to avoid perpetuating gender-based violence and combatting trafficking in persons.
Regional Project for the Western Hemisphere : WEAmericas program for Women Entrepreneurs
An IVLP delegation from Latin America will meet with members of the public and private sectors to examine the role of government, the private sector, business and women's networks, and non-governmental organizations in promoting the development of women-owned business; explore the role of women-owned businesses in driving economic development, democratization and stabilization around the world; and highlight the social, economics, and political factors that influence and encourage the development of private enterprise in the U.S.
Moldova: Tax Administration in the U.s.
An IVLP delegation from Moldova will meet leaders in Boston to gain exposure to best practices in tax administration at the local through national levels; establish a network of U.S.-based tax professionals who can advise or mentor on issues in the future; and observe the promotion of taxpayer rights, transparency of procedures, and sharing of external and internal audits as ways to boost voluntary compliance through public confidence in the integrity of the tax system.
Multi-Regional Project: Promoting Cyber-Security
An IVLP delegation of five will be in Boston to examine the President's Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiatives and assess threats to critical infrastructure; discuss U.S. policy and efforts to secure an open, interoperable, secure, and reliable cyberspace, including U.S. interagency functions; explore cyber education, research, and development efforts; assess the efficacy of Internet security legislation and explore protections for privacy rights and civil liberties; evaluate the role of the private sector in armoring cybersecurity, including public-private information sharing and data protection; explore economic and national security impacts of malevolent cyber activity; and discuss strategies to collaborate and counter cyber threats.
Romania: Financial Investigations, Money Laundering, and Asset Forfeiture
An IVLP delegation from Romania will be in Boston to confer with American experts on best practices for conducting financial investigations and tracing assets to address corruption; examine successful methods for conducting money laundering investigations, and explore how money laundering is used in asset forfeiture, identifying additional defendants, and sentencing; explore successful examples of pre-seizure planning, developing a comprehensive asset tracking system, and using asset forfeiture as a means to dismantle criminal operations; and asses methods of streamlining cooperation between prosecutors and police in criminal forfeiture cases and the administrative agencies in charge of seizing, maintaining, and disposing of forfeited assets.
A Multi-Regional Project: The U.S. Justice System
may 28- june 2
An IVLP delegation of visitors from fourteen countries will be in Boston to explore the underlying principles of rule of law and the culture of lawfulness in the United States; deepen their understanding of the U.S. civil, criminal, juvenile, tribal and military justice systems; examine the administration of courts, case management, trial by jury, and alternative dispute resolution; and examine legal training, the bar exam, licensing, and legal associations.
A Regional Project for Africa: Community Relations and the Fight Against Terrorism in the U.S.
An IVLP delegation of nine visitors from Chad, Niger, and Nigeria will be in Boston with the following program objectives: build a cadre of security sector leaders in all three countries that understand the importance of increasing citizen confidence in the legitimacy and effectiveness of justice and security institutions; enhance the security leaders' knowledge of methods that can be used to build relationships between community leaders, security providers and government institutions; support the peaceful resolution of conflict, encourage stability and help mitigate violent extremism, militancy and other forms of instability from manifesting itself in the region.
A REgional Project for the Czech Republic and Slovakia: Social Inclusion for Roma
A IVLP delegation from two countries will explore how public and private sector actors have successfully built public support for social inclusion at the grassroots level; be introduced to successful community organizing and advocacy campaigns; examine strategies for economic inclusion and the positive economic impact that immigrant communities can bring to American cities; study programs and initiatives to promote civic engagement among youth in under-served communities; Hear U.S. perspectives on cultural diversity and the value it brings to American society; and examine U.S. laws and institutions that protect against discrimination.
Canada: Combating Violent Extremism
An IVLP delegation from Canada will meet with Boston community leaders to discuss online and in-person recruitment techniques utilized by extremist movements; observe how organizations deconstruct the appeal of extremist movement ideologies that are marketed to vulnerable audiences; and explore alternative responses to multiple forms of targeted violence, including community-based multidisciplinary approaches that assess risk and provide interventions in the pre-criminal space, with a specific focus on educating bystanders.
China: Green Energy
An IVLP delegation of six visitors from China will meet with with members of the public and private sectors to examine current energy supply, demand, and production while considering the challenges in meeting present and future energy needs across the globe; review U.S. national energy policy and approaches to securing energy resources, including efforts to expand and diversify the energy supply, increase investment in research and technology, and strengthen international cooperation; and explore the U.S. experience in developing new energy sources and promoting affordable, clean, and efficient energy from traditional, alternative, and renewable sources.
Estonia: Trafficking in persons:rehabilitation
An IVLP delegation from Estonia will meet leaders in Boston with the following goals: improve rehabilitation of perpetrators who have committed trafficking in persons-related crimes; explore programs that target convicted sex buyers and visit centers working with people with a history of offenses against children; learn about U.S. TIP policies, strategies and implementation plans at the municipal, state and federal levels, as well as existing and proposed legislative and regulatory mechanisms; discuss strategies for identifying and engaging with victims, and how to foster a collaborative relationship between the government and civil society; examine initiatives to identify, protect, assist, and provide services for trafficking victims; and observe government and NGO-run shelters and halfway houses for TIP victims, particularly those that have had success in reaching out to victims and helping them to reintegrate into the community.
Georgia: Combating Gender-Based Violence
An IVLP delegation of five from Georgia will be in Boston to examine law enforcement standards for combating gender violence, including required training of law enforcement, interaction with victims and perpetrators, and evidence collection; study specialized training techniques for prosecutors, law enforcement and other partners in the coordinated response to domestic and sexual violence and stalking; explore how local governments, police, judiciary, NGOs and members of the community collaborate to develop strategies to prevent violence against women; meet with various social service agencies and NGOs involved in the prevention of sexual violence and the treatment of survivors; meet with research groups and legislative committees to discuss sexual harassment policies and procedures and sexual assault legislation advancements and learn how incidents of violence against women can be confronted through public partnerships and public outreach.
Saudi Arabia: Tourism & Economic Development
An IVLP delegation from Saudi Arabia will be in Boston to examine strategies and policies to promote tourism locally, regionally and nationally, including marketing, infrastructure, public safety, customer service and other considerations; assess the link between tourism and economic development; explore trends in tourism such as adventure tourism, cultural tourism, food tourism, family tourism, heritage tourism and ecotourism; and discuss strategies for advocacy for the U.S. tourism industry.
Kazakhstan: The Role of Fusion Centers
A delegation of four visitors from Kazakhstan will be meeting in Boston to accomplish the following objectives: Explore the role of Fusion Centers to protect communities, inform decision making, and enhance information sharing activities among law enforcement and homeland security partners; look at how Fusion Centers receive information from a variety of sources, including suspicious activity reports from stakeholders within their jurisdictions, as well as from federal intelligence agencies; learn how Fusion Centers are used to analyze information from multiple sources and databases and develop analysis; and examine how the analysis products assist homeland security partners at all levels of government to identify and address immediate and emerging threats.
Senegal: The Application of TIP Law
An IVLP delegation of four visitors from Senegal will be meeting with university experts, legal professionals, and nonprofit organizations to explore the following objectives: understand how local governmental and judicial actors work to successfully apply existing laws, with a focus on the application of anti-TIP laws; learn how resistance towards the practical application of certain laws, particularly anti-TIP laws, has been overcome on federal, state and local levels; understand how government officials may better increase awareness of TIP among local populations; understand how anti-TIP laws at the federal, state and local levels have been crafted and applied to specifically protect children; and identify ways of mobilizing local actors to support and abide by established anti-TIP laws and determine how to best move TIP cases to prosecution.
A Regional Project for the Western Hemisphere:100,000 Strong in the Americas: Expanding Hemispheric Exchange in Higher Education
A delegation of nine visitors from the Americas will be in Boston to develop thigher education partnerships and exchanges across the western hemisphere. Their objectives are to gain an overview of the U.S. tertiary education sector and the varying functions of universities, community colleges, distance learning and certificate programs, and vocational/technical schools in preparing young people to enter the marketplace; assess U.S. education policy, advocacy, and programs, and how educational institutions in the U.S. contribute to the social and economic development of the country; and to examine best practices for expanding international student exchange programs and developing institutional support.
A Multi-Regional Project: Social Entrepreneurship
A delegation from twenty countries will be meeting with Boston's leaders in social entrepreneurship and innovation. Their program objectives are to examine the role of social entrepreneurship in the United States, including the environments that make social ventures sustainable, self sufficient, and scalable; explore the federal, state, and local government entities that promote civic engagement through incentives and other means of support; discover successful models for social innovation; understand the role of new/social media and technological advances in driving fundraising efforts, grassroots mobilization, and strategic collaboration; and engage with U.S. counterparts to share best practices and innovative approaches to social changes in areas such as poverty alleviation, education, public health, and environmental conservation.
A Regional Project for Africa: Workforce Development and Empowering Youth
An IVLP delegation from eleven African countries will be meeting with community leaders in youth development to explore the following objectives: examine the role vocational education plays in providing Americans with training and skills tailored to fit targeted employment needs; analyze the federal government's investment in community college education for youth and lifelong learning for older adults; consider the evolution of higher education, and how faculty and administrators adapt the curriculum to the economy's needs; illustrate the accreditation process, student recruitment strategies, and financial assistance programs; and explore student internships and opportunities for employment upon graduation.
the Philippines: Local Governance in Conflict Zones
A delegation of nine mayors from the Philippines will be meeting with members of the private, public, and non-profit sectors to comprehensively approach the issue of governing in conflict zones. The delegation's objectives are to observe how government services are administered at the federal, state, and local levels; examine efficient delivery of basic services, fiscal responsibility, transparency, and accountability; study the value of good governance in managing diverse communities; and enable participants to engage with local communities that are successfully addressing drugs, crime, and extremism among their youth populations.
Japan: Promoting Workplace Diversity and Inclusion
An IVLP delegation of four visitors from Japan will have a variety of meetings in Boston, with the goals of enhancing the participants' understanding of the full range of diversity and inclusion policies and their effectiveness in the United States; to examine how U.S. employers use diversity & inclusion to help them innovate and compete; and to learn a wide range of diversity and inclusion policies, such as collecting and analyzing employment diversity data, childcare/eldercare support, flexible work and leave policies, career on/off ramping, mentoring/sponsorship, addressing unconscious bias, recruitment and promotion, employee transfers and job assignments, spousal employment support, and mandatory diversity.
A Multi-Regional Project: American Language and Multi-Cultural Diversity
An IVLP delegation from fifteen different countries will be meeting with a variety of educational resources, to accomplish the objectives of enhancing the participants' understanding of American culture and history as context for the development of language; showcase the regional and ethnic variations and the distributions within the U.S. of English language varities; discuss shared challenges for English language teachers; examine language teachers and students in K-12 classroom settings and exchange views with teachers on pedagogical methodology; and discuss issues with educational policy makers at the national, state, and local levels.
A Regional Project for Near East and North Africa: Countering Extremist Messaging and Protecting Youth
An IVLP delegation from 9 Near East and North African countries will be in Boston to meet with clergy, government officials, academics, law enforcement, journalists, and community leaders. Their objectives are to learn how the United States contributes to an environment that nurtures acceptance and discourages extremism, engage with American Muslim organizations to promote best practices for programs to counter violent extremism; explore the role of community-based, faith-based, and secular organizations in preventing and combating extremism, and confronting political, social, and economic challenges; and demonstrate how communities increase security through planning, communication, neighborhood watch groups, and use of volunteers.
India: Furthering the U.S-India Relationship through Higher Education
An IVLP delegation from India will be meeting with top universities to explore the following: examine U.S. higher education administration to include a focus on the structure and organization of graduate and undergraduate programs; discuss student recruitment processes, leveraging national and other international scholarship programs; and institutional structures required to support and sustain international partnerships; explore topics of standards, accreditation, and issues of academic integrity in higher education exchanges; foster exchange of best academic pursuits between the two countries and enhanced faculty mobility; understand the processes of establishing and maintaining international research collaborations through innovative partnerships, technologies, and funding opportunities.
Serbia: Judicial and Prosecutorial efficiency in the U.S.
A one-member IVLP delegation from Thailand will be meeting judges, policy experts, and law professors to learn best practices to combat case backlogs. The delegation's objectives are to examine effective management of a prosecutor's office, including; the creation of specialized units (with a particular focus on fraud and anti-corruption units), workflow and case management, intake procedures and complaint drafting, plea policies and bargaining, and other processes that maximize efficiency.
Thailand: U.S. Politics, Law, and the Constitution
A one-member IVLP delegation from Thailand will be meeting with law schools, a law center, a public defender's office, and the police department. These meetings will help accomplish the visitor's goals to learn bout the U.S. Constitution and civil rights laws; examine how a free press and politically informed public hold the government accountable; explore how courts uphold legal proceedings; and assess federal and local government civil rights law compliance.
REgional Project for Africa: Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists: 21st Century Approach
An IVLP delegation from eight different countries in Africa will be meeting with a variety of different media sources, including local media and former co-chairs of the Judiciary-Media committee. These meetings will help the visitors accomplish their overall objectives of examining the role the free press plays in a democracy' observe how media in the U.S. operates; gain insight into the social, political and economic structures of the U.S.; and visit university media programs to better understand current trends and challenges in the media profession.
Indonesia: Strengthening Moderate Voices in Higher Education
A delegation from Indonesia representing the International University for Islamic studies in Indonesia will be visiting a variety of different resources to fulfill their objectives of looking at top-tier U.S. universities' balance between research and finances; establish a forum for discussion of formal exchanges as IIIU develops; build constituencies of support of IIU from the US; develop research partnerships and establish sabbatical opportunities; and promote IIIU as an international center for the study of Indonesian Islam.
Kazakhstan: U.S. think Tanks and Foreign Policy
A delegation from Kazakhstan will meet with American think tanks to learn best practices in management, fundraising, project implementation, research management, performance assessment and organizational structuring of think tanks as well as explore the work of think tanks specializing on international security, economic, and
political issues. They will also examine the influence of think tanks on policy makers, key influencers, and public opinion.
Multi Regional Project: Education in the Digital Age
A delegation from 25 different countries - from Armenia to Uzbekistan - will come to Boston to specifically look at e-learning pedagogy; evaluating online education; preparing educators in the digital age; and using online tools for training. This will support their overall objectives of gaining an overview of current technological trends in education; assessing how new technologies impact student learning, including the advantages and disadvantages; and examining partnerships between education institutions and private business or philanthropic organizations.
United Kingdom: Community Leadership and Preventing Violence
A delegation from Manchester, United Kingdom will be meeting representatives from the City of Boston, Massachusetts State government, universities, and local community leaders to have open discussions about resilience, prevention of violence, and emergency management. The visitors represent Manchester City government, police, educators, social workers, and community leaders. This program will also include a reverse-exchange component - with eight participants from Boston traveling to Manchester in January 2018.
Lebanon: Entrepreneurship and Small Business
A delegation from Lebanon will examine how U.S. society fosters innovation and creativity in the private sector, specifically how to allow entrepreneurs to gain a space in the marketplace; discuss support for entrepreneurship and job creation with innovation and entrepreneurship policy makers at the national and regional levels; assess how academic and scientific research are utilized in the commercial sector; explore the variety and range of market niches served by successful entrepreneurs and innovators in sectors such as high tech, new media, retail, and consumer services; discuss the roles of diaspora populatiosn and how to engage them in building structured two-way support with their homeland; and explore linkages with the Lebanese diaspora in the United States.
Europe: Identifying and Combating Disinformation and Deceptive Media
A delegation from several European countries will examine U.S. policy at the federal, state, and local levels to counter the dissemination of disinformation and misleading reportage; be introduced and provided broad exposure to the seriousness of the current threat posed by disinformation and deceptive news; explore trends and strategies for fact-checking; gain insight into programs promoting media literacy; and connect with other professionals focusing on experience and lessons learned in combating disinformation.