IVLP Opening: East Asia & Pacific; Rule of Law – 1.7.13

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: January 7, 2013
Contact: Anthony Naglieri
Email: anaglieri@culturalvistas.org

East Asia & Pacific Delegation Arrives for IVLP Focused on Supporting the Disadvantaged
Representatives from Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Vietnam set to begin three-week visit

WASHINGTON – Cultural Vistas is pleased to welcome five delegates representing four East Asian and Pacific countries for a three-week visit to the United States under the auspices of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).

This short-term professional exchange is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and will focus on the rule of law and equal protection.

The program, which includes delegates from the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Vietnam, begins today in the nation’s capital and includes visits to three other U.S. communities before concluding on January 25.

In the next three weeks, the group will travel to Charleston, Salt Lake City, and Seattle where they will meet with professional counterparts and be exposed to an American perspective on efforts to protect and support the rights of the disadvantaged, while gaining a firsthand experience of U.S. life and culture.

This national program itinerary was designed by Cultural Vistas in close cooperation with the Department of State in order to explore the following themes:

  • Examine the guiding principles of federalism and how they are reflected in each level of U.S. government;
  • Explore the role of civil rights organizations in the protection of minority population groups;
  • Discover how discrepancies in the application of the rule of law are addressed and corrected;
  • Explore the roles and responsibilities of each branch and each level of the government in support of the rule of law;
  • Highlight how the educational system teaches the rule of law and how civic groups and non-governmental organizations provide support for the rule of law in America; and
  • Examine the role that the media plays in ensuring transparency in legal proceedings

Rule of Law: Supporting the Disadvantaged | Sub-Regional Program, East Asia & Pacific
Program Itinerary, Hosts, and Themes

Washington, D.C. | Cultural Vistas and U.S. Department of State | January 7-12

  • Introduction to U.S. federalism
  • Overview of the U.S. judicial system
  • Civil rights and equal protection under federal law
  • National and international organizations promoting human and civil rights

Charleston, S.C. | International Education Foundation of South Carolina | January 12-16

  • Non-governmental organizations promoting equality
  • The Civil Rights Movement in the United States

Salt Lake City, Utah | Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy | January 16-22

  • State & local government initiatives promoting rights of the disadvantaged
  • Court assistance programs
  • Role of law enforcement in providing equal protection
  • Disability support services

Seattle, Wash. | World Affairs Council of Seattle | January 22- 25

  • Case study: Addressing and correcting discrepancies in the application of rule of law 
  • Media’s role in enforcing the rule of law
  • Providing legal services to minority populations
  • Law enforcement outreach to minority communities
  • Victim assistance programs

About Cultural Vistas
A non‐profit 501(c)(3) organization and designated sponsor of Exchange Visitor Programs, Cultural Vistas has facilitated professional exchange programs and services for visitors coming to the United States, and Americans seeking overseas experiential learning opportunities since 1950. As one of eight National Program Agencies (NPAs), Cultural Vistas works in close cooperation with the U.S. Department of State to administer, design, and implement IVLP programs that directly support and advance U.S. foreign policy goals. — Learn more at culturalvistas.org

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About the International Visitor Leadership Program
The Office of International Visitors manages and funds the International Visitor Leadership Program. Launched in 1940, the IVLP seeks to build mutual understanding between the United States and other nations through carefully designed professional visits to the U.S. for current and emerging foreign leaders. Each year over 4,500 IVLP participants from all over the world are selected by U.S. embassies to travel to the United States to meet and confer with their professional counterparts. More than 330 current and former chiefs of state and heads of government and many other distinguished world leaders from across the public and private sectors have participated in the program. — Learn more at exchanges.state.gov/ivlp

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