In January, six visitors from BOLIVIA, BRAZIL, COSTA RICA, PANAMA, PARAGUAY, and VENEZUELA visited San Antonio for a program on “Law Enforcement: Community Policing”. The program focused on examining the collaboration of law enforcement & the community and citizen education of law enforcement activities through meetings with:
San Antonio Police Department (SAPD), where they learned about community participation programs
SAPD’s San Antonio Fear Free Environment(SAFFE), where they learned about community cooperation to resolve crimes
SAPD’s Volunteers in Policing (VIP), where they learned about citizen volunteer activities to support police department efforts
SAPD’s Police Explorers, where they learned about educating youth about law enforcement
SAPD’s Citizen Police Academy, where they learned about citizen participation in public safety
Terrell Hills Police Department, where they learned about local neighborhood police departments and neighborhood watch groups
Visitors also had the opportunity to shadow SAPD officers on patrol during “ride-alongs”, participate in a volunteer project at Catholic Charities’ Guadalupe Community Center, and explore downtown San Antonio & the Riverwalk.
In February, four visitors from INDONESIA visited San Antonio for a program on “Benefits of Trade”. Their program examined US-Mexico trade relations, NAFTA/CAFTA & the creation of a regional trade agreement, the effects of NAFTA/CAFTA on agriculture & the rural economy, and the role of the private sector in trade promotion & policy advocacy through meetings with:
Port San Antonio
Free Trade Alliance San Antonio
North American Development Bank (NADBank)
San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
J. Canavati & Co. LLC
Visitors also had the opportunity to have dinner with our members during “home hospitality” and visit the Institute of Texan Cultures’ Asian Festival.
In March, five visitors from COLOMBIA visited San Antonio for a program on “Strengthening Public Health Strategies to Address Emergent Viruses”. They examine best practices in hospital administration, developing clinical & residency programs, and access to medical education & reproductive health through meetings with:
UTHSCSA’s Research to Advance Community Health Center (ReACH)
UTHSCSA’s Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR)
Greater San Antonio Healthcare Foundation
Trinity University’s Department of Health Care Administration
Healthy Futures of Texas
University Health System
The Children’s Shelter
Visitors also enjoyed dinner with our members during “home hospitality” and had a chance to explore the San Antonio Missions , downtown, and take a guided boat ride on the Riverwalk.