The World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana is pleased to welcome an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) Regional Project for Near East and North Africa to Louisville under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State! The program, titled, “Human and Civil Rights Advocacy and Awareness,” will take place from March 12th through 15th, 2017. WAC has partnered with Meridian International Center to bring the delegation to Kentucky and Southern Indiana.
The Department of State has outlined the following specific objectives for the project:
- Examine the historical context of human rights advocacy in the U.S., and the contemporary foreign policy issues resulting from the United Nations’ adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;
- Illustrate the influence of human and civil rights activists on policy at the national, state and local levels through lobbying, media, and grassroots campaigns;
- Explore the role and organizational structure of associations, NGOs, and religious organizations in advancing U.S. civil rights and equal opportunity; and
- Analyze a variety of human rights concerns related to issues including disability rights, freedom of press/speech/religion, access to education, and due process.