The manager of the Counter Narcotics Operational Team in the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP) in Antigua and Barbuda, Marcia Edwards, traveled to the United States to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). She took part in a three-week project on “Community Responsiveness — Leadership in Law Enforcement” from February 27 until March 17, 2017. During the program, participants met police administrators and trainers, civil rights and community activists, victim advocacy groups, and police union representatives to explore issues affecting community and police relations. They examined U.S. local, state, and federal efforts to foster and implement community policing in police departments; explore best practices in building trust and transparency between communities and police departments; demonstrate the variety of current training and the organizational structures of local police departments; and demonstrate how community input has made an impact.
Ryllis Mannix and Joseph Prosper
Ryllis Mannix, the Director of the National Public Library in Antigua, and Joseph Prosper, the Acting Director of the National Archives of Antigua and Barbuda participated in a three-week International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) titled “Librarians and Archivists as Defenders of Intellectual Property Rights” from June 13 – July 1, 2016 in the United States. This program was designed to enhance participants’ knowledge and understanding of policies, best practices, and challenges for improving awareness and protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR).
As part of the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown’s continuing efforts to ensure human rights for all peoples, Antiguan activist Alverna Inniss was nominated to participate in the “Combating Trafficking in Persons” International Vistor Leadership Program. The themes of the program included the U.S. criminal justice system and anti-trafficking laws; U.S. foreign policy and international anti-trafficking laws; international law and anti-trafficking cooperation; and federal agencies and NGOs involved in combating trafficking. While in Washington participants met with representatives of the Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and the Department of Homeland Security’s Human Smuggling and Trafficking Unit. Ms. Inniss is devoted to reducing the number of people in the Caribbean affected by human trafficking.
From May 21 to June 11, 2011 environmental activist Ogden Burton participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program “Parks, Biotourism, and Ecodiversity Management.” Mr. Burton is dedicated to preserving and maintaining the Antiguan and Barbudan environment.
Ronald Maginley was selected to participate in the International Leadership Program ” U.S. Trade Policies.” The goals of Mr. Maginley’s program were to review the U.S. economic system and domestic economic forces that influence U.S. trade policy and policy-making; examine trade and export promotional strategies utilized at all levels of government; and explore the role of the U.S. in international trade and the impact of international trade agreements on the U.S. economy, business, and trade relations. Following the program, participants reported an improved understanding of trade policy formulation and regional differences on trade and economic issues in the U.S.