Russian delegation in St. Louis for review of Journalism and Women’s Issues

Open World Leadership Center, a legislative branch agency, will send a delegation of Russian journalists to St. Louis, MO March 22-30, 2019. While in St. Louis, Open World delegates will be hosted by the World Affairs Council of St. Louis.

The delegation of five includes Ms. Anna Sakharova (freelance journalist, Takie Dela (Such Things)), Ms. Darya Serenko (department head, Peresvetov Lane Gallery), Ms. Elina Ibragimova (Freelance Journalist), Ms. Galina Mosalova (creative producer, Takie Dela (Such Things)), and Ms. Sofya Shimanskaya (self-employed blogger). The group is accompanied by Ms. Polina Nozdrina-Plotnitskaya a bicultural facilitator, and Mrs. Irina Bronstein LaRose, a bilingual translator.

Prior to their arrival in St. Louis, delegates completed an orientation in Washington, D.C. on Capitol Hill.

In St. Louis, delegates will collaborate on best practices for transparency in journalism, protection of women’s rights, coverage of the #MeToo Movement, and the HIV crisis in Russia. Delegates will meet with staff of Sen. Roy Blunt, Missouri, and local leaders in the St. Louis area. Additional activities include KWMU-St. Louis Public Radio, Washington University, St. Louis American newspaper, and other prominent organizations. The delegation will stay in the homes of local residents serving as hospitality hosts.

More than 27,000 current and future leaders from post-Soviet era countries have participated in an Open World exchange program. Open World offers one of the most effective U.S. exchange programs to promote mutually beneficial options for depolarized engagement between future national leaders.

About the World Affairs Council of St. Louis
Founded in 1948, the World Affairs Council of St. Louis is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization that connects the citizens of the Gateway region to the world. The Council’s mission is to sponsor programs that promote understanding, engagement, relationships, and leadership in World Affairs. To learn more, visit www.wacstl.org.

About Open World
Open World Leadership Center, a legislative branch agency, supports Congressional outreach for Members of Congress and conducts exchanges that establish lasting professional relationships between emerging leaders and their U.S. counterparts in democratic institutions. Delegates are provided with extensive exposure to American politics, civic life, and are hosted by American families. In 1999, Congress established Open World. Since then, more than 27,000 Eurasian leaders are alumni of Open World. To learn more about Open World, please click here: www.openworld.gov/

 

Kazakh Leaders Examine Prison Reform and Alternatives to Incarceration During St. Louis Visit

Visitors meet with staff at the St. Louis County Prosecutors office.
Kazakh visitors tour the St. Louis County Justice Center
Criminal justice experts from Kazakhstan visited the Missouri Eastern Correctional Center in Pacific, MO.

Open World Leadership Center, a legislative branch agency, coordinated the visit of a  delegation of Kazakh Criminal Justice Professionals to St. Louis, MO from September 14-22, 2018. While in St. Louis, Open World delegates were hosted by the World Affairs Council of St. Louis.

The delegation of five included Mr. Aleksandr Terenya (Head of Probation Service, Committee of the Criminal-Executive System of the Ministry of Internal Affairs), Mr. Beibit Nurzhan (Judge, Astana City – District Court #2), Mr. Berik Bakulin (Deputy Head of Probation Service Management – Committee of the Criminal-Executive System of the Ministry of Internal Affairs), Mr. Ramazan Khassenov (Judge, North Kazakhstan Regional Court), and Mr. Shynggys Alekeshev (Assistant to the Prosecutor General, Prosecutor General’s Office). The group was accompanied by Ms. Zhanna Toktarova a bicultural facilitator, and Mrs. Irina Bronstein LaRose, a bilingual translator.

Prior to their arrival in St. Louis, delegates completed an orientation in Washington, D.C. on Capitol Hill. Delegates had policy meetings with several Members of Congress including staff for Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri.

In St. Louis, delegates collaborated on best practices for Prison Reform and Alternatives to Incarceration. Delegates met staff of Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, and local leaders in the St. Louis, Metro Area. Additional activities include Prison Performing Arts, Lindenwood University, St. Louis County Prosecutor’s Office, and St. Louis County Court. The delegation stayed in the homes of local residents, serving as hospitality hosts.

More than 27,000 current and future leaders from post-Soviet era countries have participated in an Open World exchange program. Open World offers one of the most effective U.S. exchange programs to promote mutually beneficial options for depolarized engagement between future national leaders.