IVLP

The Embassy’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) sends an average of 50 current or potential leaders in government, politics, education, and other fields from Mexico to the U.S. each year to meet and confer with their counterparts and to experience the U.S. firsthand. Participants come from all walks of Mexican life. One alumna participated in a program focused on human trafficking, which allowed her to network and consult with her American counterparts when opening the first women’s shelter in Puebla, and the first shelter to follow federal government regulations. Another IVLP alumnus directed the design of a new central library in the Autonomous University of Puebla, adopting innovative techniques which he discovered during his participation in the program. Through the IVLP On Demand Program, the U.S. State Department funds domestic travel for Mexican professionals to visit the U.S. on specific topics of bilateral interest.