Domestic Violence, Women and Children’s Issues

January 17 - January 20

Our first International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) of the year is a project for Iraq! Our visitors will be exploring New Mexico’s successes and challenges with protecting women and children from domestic abuse and human trafficking. Visitors will meet with the Albuquerque Family Advocacy Center, Barrett House, the Rape Crisis Center, Spoke For, Pegasus Legal Services for Children, and attend a human trafficking conference hosted by LifeLink, based in Santa Fe.

The Department of State has outlined the following objectives for the project:

• Learn strategies for building capacity of local NGOs such as: designing fundraising campaigns; establishing creative public outreach to grow public support; successful proposal writing; ensuring transparency and accountability;
• Examine domestic programs offered by governmental and non-governmental organizations that deal with child abuse, domestic violence, and outreach services to families;
• Meet with U.S. counterparts to examine the social and legal resources available to victims;
• Study the importance and effectiveness of public/private partnerships;
• Discuss methods for implementation and enforcement of laws concerning domestic violence and related crimes; and
• Meet with advocacy organizations to understand the power of lobbying and organizing.