On March 16 USCRI Detroit welcomed a delegation of 6 migration advocates from Latin America, and their program facilitators, who were invited to the United States under the auspices of the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Their program is arranged by World Learning and they were invited to visit the Detroit office as a part of office support and involvement in international exchange as arranged with Global Ties Detroit. The goal of this program is to connect international professionals and emerging leaders in a variety of fields with their Detroit counterparts for the purpose of forging lasting relationships that may one day become a powerful tool for addressing some of our biggest global challenges. The delegation members were from various Latin American countries including Chile, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, and Venezuela.
Tawfik Alazem, the director of USCRI Detroit, hosted the migration advocates team and their State Department liaisons in his office and shared his expertise and insights on the agency’s work with refugees and immigrants in the Metro-Detroit area. The discussion helped the visitors to form a better understanding of refugee resettlement in the Detroit area, as well as the United States as a whole, and gave them the opportunity to hear about its many challenges, opportunities, and successes.