In January, World Affairs welcomed a group of four IVLP visitors from Rwanda who arrived in St. Louis as part of the program “Combating Trafficking in Persons.” While here, they had the opportunity to meet with members of the Washington University Human Trafficking Collaborative Network, a reporter from the STL Post-Dispatch, the Healing Action Network representatives, prosecutors from St. Louis County and the U.S. Attorneys’ Office to exchange ideas to help trafficking survivors.

IVLP - Human Trafficking visitors 2020Due to the COVID-19 health emergency, all IVLP in-person programs were cancelled through the end of the year. Programs have now pivoted to virtual IVLP programs and we were able to host our first such program, “Gender Inclusion in Pakistani Workplaces” in August. Speakers Wendy Fraser, PhD., World Affairs STL Board member Donna Kirtian, and Professor Leilani Carver-Madalon shared their insights and experiences on the topic of “Women in Leadership.” April Santos and Jeff Serocke, who are Human Resources professionals, presented on “Human Resource Best Practices in the U.S.”

World Affairs STL has two more upcoming IVLP programs. These are “Non-governmental Organization Management” and “Social Movements in the U.S.,” which will feature IVLP alumni..

We continue to actively pursue additional IVLP virtual programs on various topics. We are also seeking ideas and volunteers to provide virtual cultural activities for potential visitors. Have ideas or want to volunteer? Please complete our brief survey – click here.