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Thank You to the U.S. Department of State International Visitors

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NITA was pleased to welcome seven esteemed guests from seven different countries who are part of the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), consisting of international advocates devoted to protecting women and children.

The group arrived at NITA’s headquarters in Boulder, CO on Wednesday, August 8th to meet with NITA Executive Director, Wendy McCormack, NITA Director of Programs, Michelle Rogness, and Member of the NITA Board of Trustees, John Baker. Boulder was one stop on the group’s tour which is a 3-week long professional exchange program.

According to Wendy McCormack, “NITA supports rule of law efforts globally so being able to meet with representatives from seven countries and hear first-hand the real issues they are tackling is imperative for how NITA moves forward with our international outreach and training worldwide. These visitors are really driving change in their country and that’s inspiring.”

Furthermore, one of the visitors was Ms. Yetunde Ajayi, Chief State Counsel at the Office of the Public Defender Lagos State Ministry of Justice. This is the second year in a row that NITA has worked with Ms. Ajayi to put together an international public service training program for the public defenders in Nigeria. This year, NITA won an ACLEA’s Best Award for the programming we did in Nigeria and we were so excited for the opportunity to meet Ms. Ajayi in person here at NITA.

In regards to the meeting, John Baker stated, “The Department of State International Visitors meeting reminded me of the critical need to fund NITA’s outreach to our Rule of Law colleagues in Central and South America. Spanish language programs need expanding. The need by these growing democracies is very real. The meeting was very eye opening and the visibility of our programming reputation is still vibrant and real.”

Thank you once again to the International Visitor Leadership Program, NITA was very grateful to be part of the tour and we look forward to continuing our international training efforts.

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