Legal professionals from China will visit Kansas City to examine judicial independence, the federal court system, and the structure of state and municipal courts. Through meetings with local organizations and professionals, they will develop an understanding of current legal trends in the United States.
Professionals from Canada will spend four days in Kansas City in order to explore American counter trafficking organizations and their various methods of follow-up care for human trafficking survivors. The delegation will meet with law enforcement specialists, civil service employees, NGOs and disability advocacy groups.
Female entrepreneurs from Argentina, Chile, Cuba, El Salvador, Mexico, Panama, Uruguay and Venezuela will visit Kansas City to learn about the role of NGOs and grassroots organizations in supporting the development of women-owned businesses. Through a variety of meetings, this delegation of women entrepreneurs will examine the social, political, and economic factors that encourage the development of female entrepreneurship in the United States.
Security professionals from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Denmark, and Poland will spend four days in Kansas City to examine the U.S. security policy-making process and perspectives on global issues. Through a variety of meetings, participants will explore specific security issues such as regional conflicts, weapons proliferation, energy security, homeland security, international terrorism, and the use of preventive diplomacy to address these challenges.
Five delegates from Kazakhstan will identify the best practices in developing ideas and industries linked to trade, economic development, and attracting investment. They will explore how venture capitalists and entrepreneurs identify viable projects and see them to fruition.
Delegates from Brazil will visit the United States to learn about design and finance programs to construct new infrastructure projects and upgrade existing infrastructure across the country. They will focus on planning., development, and execution for railway, highway, waterway, and airport infrastructure projects.
Emergency response professionals from Ukraine will meet with key officials in Kansas City, Salina, and Topeka to learn about U.S. practices in declaring and addressing emergency situations. They will also examine the partnership of law enforcement, first responders, and civil society organizations when addressing emergency situations.
Women from the Czech Republic, Mexico, China, Sri Lanka, and Turkey will travel to Kansas City to learn about the U.S. political system and the participation of women leaders at the local, state, and national levels. They will meet with influential figures in the political sector as well as organizations that are shaping political dialogue.
Agriculture professionals and professors from Kazakhstan will meet with government and agriculture agencies at the end of May. Did you know that Kazakhstan's agriculture is very similar to that of Kansas and Missouri? Kazakhstan's largest crop is wheat and is the sixth largest wheat producer in the world. It also grows barley, cotton, sunflowers, and rice.
Military and Security officials from Argentina, Austria, Kenya, Macedonia, the Philippines, Slovakia, Spain, and Thailand will be traveling to Kansas City this April. These officials are part of a U.S. Department of State initiative which brings in more than 100 judicial, law enforcement, and security officials from 60 different countries.
This program provides an understanding of the American criminal justice system and the legal framework for combating a range of transnational crimes. Delegates will identify ways in which American policy makers and law enforcement agencies collaborate with global partners to counter transnational crimes and will address issues that uphold the security and civil liberties in a democratic society.
There will be a community event on Monday, May 1st where you can speak with these delegates. Get your tickets here.
Delegates from Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, and Peru will be in Kansas City to learn about efforts that help the growth of small businesses.
Delegates will visit universities and banks to gain a better understanding of entrepreneurial innovation, venture capital entities, and innovative financial tools. They will also have the opportunity to meet with local entrepreneurs.
Delegates from Albania, Bahrain, Ethiopia, Malaysia, Mexico, China, and Poland will review the history and importance of press freedom in the United States. They will examine the structure, practices, and future of broadcast journalism as well as explore the crucial role of responsibility and accuracy in reporting in a democracy.
Delegates from Russia are invited to examine how journalism schools cultivate the values of media independence, objectivity, and freedom of speech. They will be exposed to journalism teaching models including distance learning and the use of social networks and case studies. Delegates will also explore the relationships between journalism schools and mass media organizations.
The untapped potential of women is a lost opportunity for economic growth and development. This multi-regional project supports the strategic goal of enhancing economic development. This project will illustrate the impact of women-owned businesses on the U.S. economy and explore the progress of women in participating more fully in the global economy.
The participants will explore private companies, business incubators, financial institutions, schools and mentorship institutions. Participants will discuss the social, economic and political factors that influence and encourage women as entrepreneurs and owners or managers of small, medium and large business decisions.
Delegates from India, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan will examine the best practices in emergency preparedness, management, planning and coordination among federal, state, and local government and private sector organizations. They will be exposed to U.S. energy policy in the face of climate change and will investigate contingency plans for natural disasters occurring as a result of climate change.
Delegates will meet with local non-profit and governmental agencies within the bi-state area to examine the cooperation between the US government and NGOs working to recognize and combat human trafficking.
The Greater Kansas City area is at an intersection of transportation and commerce, resulting in increased rates of persons being trafficked and exploited in this area. Programming will include time in the Greater Kansas City area, meeting with government and non-government entities, engaging in cultural activities, and staying with host families.
Ten Bolivian English-language teachers will participate in a one-week project focused on education policy, the classroom experience, and creative ideas for engaging young learners. They will enhance their understanding of American culture and history as context for the development of language and connect with fellow educators to discuss the challenges English language teachers encounter.
The delegates from Canada encompass a variety of professional fields aimed at combatting climate change. These directors, engineers, and politicians will explore current climate change crisis management plans, will analyze cross-border networks, and will establish integrated strategies to mitigate the effects of climate change on North American security.
Delegates from a variety of global regions have been invited to Kansas City to examine U.S. policies and programs related to agriculture trade, food safety, and sustainable growth. During this time, they will explore how U.S. food commodities are regulated and marketed, from farm-to-table and for international export.
Additionally, delegates will assess how federal, regional, and local programs for agricultural research, inspection, trade promotion, and resource conservation help ensure U.S. agriculture competitiveness in the global market.
During this visit, individuals will examine the support entrepreneurs and small business receive from varying levels of government and the role of small businesses in driving economic development, locally and regionally. They will learn about education and training programs available to entrepreneurs and small business owners through academic institutions and other organizations.
While in Kansas City, visitors will look at how the internet and technology are changing traditional educational models. They will examine trends in online education and new teaching methods that blend technology with increased teacher interaction.
Additionally, visitors will be exposed to current trends in teaching and implementing bilingual language programs. Visitors will explore the methods of language immersion in an educational setting to develop a better understanding of how bilingual curriculums are coordinated across grades.
From September 21-24, 7 visitors from Kyrgyzstan will be in KC to:
- Review U.S. immigration law and judicial procedures;
- Gain an understanding of the various stakeholders in international adoptions including the key parties in U.S. Hague Convention adoptions;
- Explore best practices in international adoptions, special needs adoptions, and foster care, including the range of support services available to adoptees and their families;
- Examine the role and work of social service agencies as part of the child welfare system;
- Learn about post-adoption issues and good practices in post-adoption follow-up services and support.
African Women Entrepreneurship Program
September 11-14, 7 delegates from Azerbaijan will be in Kansas City as part of an International Visitor Leadership Program focused on "Promoting Social Change and Disabilities Awareness through the Arts "
From August 11th to August 16th, 15 entrepreneurs from a variety of Latin American countries will be in Kansas City as part of a Department of State-sponsored entrepreneurship International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).
From July 31st to August 3rd, 7 community leaders from Russia will be in Kansas City to:
- Explore best practices for combating social stigma of LGBT/MSM communities
- Discuss strategies to advocate for legislation to allow for more effective means of treating and preventing HIV/AIDS in LGBT/MSM communities; and
- Create connections between Russian and American HIV/AIDS assistance providers and activists
Armenia, Australia, India, Italy, Liberia, Mexico, Nepal, and Sri Lanka: The Role of NGOs in Promoting Global Women's Issues
Women community leaders from Armenia, Australia, India, Italy, Liberia, Mexico, Nepal, and Sri Lanka will be in Kansas City to:
Highlight the role of NGOs in promoting equal rights and opportunities for women and girls, and supporting their political, economic, educational and social advancement;
Examine efforts to combat gender based violence and challenges commonly faced by women; and
Explore a variety of strategies and approaches to assist, protect and promote the empowerment of women in society, including visits to local, national and international civil society organizations, nonprofits, foundations, women’s associations, public-private partnerships, and faith-based and community-based groups.
From July 18-30, 12 Mexican high school students will be hosted by local families in Kansas City as they take part in a program focused on youth leadership and preventing sexual violence.
Palestinian Territories + Israel Teaching English as a Foreign Language
From July 14-19, 10 Palestinian & Israeli delegates will be in Kansas City as part of a Department of State sponsored program focused on teaching English as a Foreign Language.
From August 9-22, a group of Spanish-speaking students from the Caribbean will be in Kansas City as part of a youth leadership program.
June 15-21, 8 law enforcement professionals from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Italy, Liberia, Nigeria, Taiwan, Venezuela, and Vietnam will be in KC in order to:
Ø Examine the structure of the U.S. criminal justice system and to review how its principles are applied to the prosecution of international crime;
Ø Explore U.S. foreign policy priorities to build global cooperation against terrorism and other international crime;
Ø Examine the impact of international crime on the political, economic, and social stability of the world community; and
Ø Address the issues of balancing law enforcement and security with civil liberties in a democratic society.
CONFLICT MANAGEMENT IN COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS
A Project for Haiti
May 28-June 2, 2016
This 21 day project designed for community activists/organizers will examine the tactics employed by citizens to identify and resolve conflicts through peaceful negotiations. The project will explore the use of dispute resolution strategies to resolve issues within the community and the various levels of government. Through site visits and workshops, participants will learn a variety of techniques for identifying key concerns, mediating conflicts, and creating viable solutions.
Civilian-Military Partnerships Iraq
This project will introduce participants to the role of the U.S. federal, state and municipal government agencies and nongovernmental organizations in developing and implementing public health programs and policies. Participants will examine U.S. grassroots, state and federal policies and educational outreach on a variety of infectious diseases including, Ebola, HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. They will also explore additional topics, including maternal and child health, public healthcare financing, and best practices in public health surveillance, laboratory science, disease detection, outbreak response, and health research.