The U.S. Department of State’s annual Towards a More Safe and Secure World initiative brings judicial, law enforcement, and security officials from around the world to the United States to discuss transnational threats to international peace and security, including terrorism, narcotics trafficking, trafficking in persons, border threats, money laundering, and cyber warfare.

Project Objectives
  • Foster greater global cooperation against terrorism and other transnational crime threats
  • Explore methods to neutralize global criminal activities such as narcotics and human trafficking, money laundering, and violent extremism
  • Address the impact of transnational crime on the global economy
  • Survey the U.S. criminal justice system and review how its principles are applied to international crime prosecution
  • Examine ways to strengthen partnerships between community-based organizations and law enforcement officials
  • Address issues of balancing law enforcement and security with the preservation of civil liberties
2020 Program Details

In its sixth year, this three-week International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) will connect 85 participants from 67 countries with their U.S. counterparts in large and small cities and communities across the United States.

Over the course of the project, IVLP participants and their American professional counterparts will explore international challenges faced by law enforcement today across government and society. Through this initiative, participants will gain an understanding of public safety and security issues from federal, state, and local law enforcement officials, public officials, and providers of social service and victim assistance. Collaborating on the expansion of international cooperation, upholding the rule of law, and defeating terrorism will ultimately foster a more safe and secure world.

The 2020 initiative begins in Washington, D.C. with plenary sessions at the U.S. Department of State and National Defense University featuring top public and private sector security experts. Following meetings in Washington, D.C., program participants will travel to Tampa, FL for a workshop on multijurisdictional task forces with interagency stakeholders from Florida’s Regional Fusion Center. From there, the group will visit small and mid-sized American cities in city splits. During the final week, participants will reunite in New York City for the annual Combating Transnational Crime Global Cooperation Conference, co-hosted with the Federal Bureau of Investigation New York Field Office.

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"There is no perfect defense against the range of threats facing our homeland. That is why America must, alongside allies and partners, stay on the offensive.” –National Security Strategy

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