In June, five visitors from ALBANIA, BELGIUM, FRANCE, GERMANY, and POLAND visited San Antonio for a program on “Advancing Minority Rights”. The program focused on examining the local government role in protecting against discrimination, challenges facing immigrant communities, advocacy and organizing within Latino communities, LGBT rights & protections, perspectives of local minority faith groups, and indigenous community rights & challenges though meetings with:
City of San Antonio’s Diversity & Inclusion Office
State Representative Diego Bernal
San Antonio Police Department
Haven for Hope
Masjid Al-Madina/Muslim Children Education & Civic Center
American Indians in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Missions (AIT-SCM)
Log Cabin Republicans
Bexar County Republican Women
Visitors also participated in home hospitality dinners at the homes of SACIV members and toured the San Antonio Missions.
In July, seven visitors from MEXICO visited San Antonio for a program entitled “Mexico Political Party Exchange”. Their program examined Latino voting & elections, Latino elected officials, and Latino NGOs through meetings with:
Visitors also participated in a “Communal Home Hospitality” dinner with several SACIV Board Members and community leaders.
In July, five visitors from KAZAKHSTAN visited San Antonio and Laredo for a program on “Improving Trade Across Kazakhstan’s Border”. They examined the effect of foreign trade zones on a border city and cargo forwarding and trade logistics through meetings with:
Laredo Development Foundation
TAMIU’s Texas Center for Border Economic & Enterprise Development
Laredo Chamber of Commerce
San Antonio Wholesale Produce Market
UTSA’s San Antonio Small Business Development Center
City of San Antonio’s Economic Development Department
J. Canavati & Co.
Visitors also toured San Antonio landmarks and participated in home hospitality meals.
In October, ten visitors from GREECE visited San Antonio for a program entitled “Promoting Youth Entrepreneurship & Higher Education in the US”. The program focused on examining this theme through meetings with:
Visitors also spent time exploring the city and attended a Spurs game.
In October, thirteen visitors from BAHRAIN, EGYPT, IRAQ, JORDAN, KUWAIT, MOROCCO, PALESTINE, and SAUDI ARABIA visited San Antonio for a program on “Women & Entrepreneurship”. Their program examined empowering young girls to pursue nontraditional career fields & entrepreneurship, support networks for women, the efficacy of micro-lending, and addressing the struggles of women and minorities through meetings with:
Visitors also participated in a “Project Closing Evaluation” session and dinned on the Riverwalk.
In November, eight visitors from BELGIUM, GERMANY, LITHUANIA, MALTA, SPAIN, and UNITED KINGDOM visited San Antonio and Laredo for a program on “The Impact of Refugees & Migration on Domestic Policies”. They examined local border security & immigration law enforcement and legal services for immigrants through meetings with:
Rio Grande Detention Center
Texas Riogrande Legal Aid
US Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Visitors also explored the downtown, biked the Mission Trail, went salsa dancing, went to a Spurs game, and participated in a home hospitality experience.
In November, four visitors from INDIA visited San Antonio for a program entitled “Community Responsiveness: Law Enforcement Leadership”. Their program examined US police department operations, training, & community engagement, border security & anti-drug-trafficking partnerships, and community partnerships to prevent human trafficking and support trafficking victims through meetings with:
San Antonio Police Department
Southwest Texas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA)
SAPD’s San Antonio Fear Free Environment (SAFFE) Unit
SAPD’s Training Academy
Bexar County District Attorney’s Office
Visitors also participated in police “ride-alongs” with on duty SAPD officers as they patrolled the city, as well as spent time exploring San Antonio and attending a Spurs game.
In December, eleven visitors from PAKISTAN visited San Antonio for a program on “Coalition Building for NGOs”. The program focused on examining NGO management strategies & fundraising at the local level, supporting the non-profit sector in rural communities, engaging youth in community development programs, advocating and lobbying for children’s rights, and the use of technology and social media in the non-profit community through meetings with:
Martinez Street Women’s Center
San Antonio Area Foundation
Association of Fundraising Professionals
The Non-Profit Council
The Big Give SA
Haven for Hope
Mr. JD Salinas (AT&T)
The Children’s Shelter
MOVE San Antonio
Visitors also enjoyed activities such as a bus tour of the San Antonio Missions & the Alamo and were guests of honor at SACIV’s annual “Holiday Party”.
In December, five visitors from VIETNAM visited San Antonio for a program entitled “Smart Cities”. They examined natural resource management, population growth, and alternative energy through meetings with:
VIA Metropolitan Transportation
City of San Antonio’s Transportation & Capital Improvements (TCI) Department
City of San Antonio’s Department of Planning & Community Development (DCPD)
SAPD’s Public Safety Answering Point
Visitors also had the opportunity to tour a local solar farm, participate in cultural activities downtown, and celebrate the season at SACIV’s annual “Holiday Party”.