Advocacy

Raise your voice in support of international exchange

There are multiple reports that senior White House officials are considering steep cuts to  J1 visas for Summer Work Travel, Intern/Trainee, Camp Counselor, and other programs as part of the implementation of the Buy American, Hire American (BAHA) Executive Order. This threat, combined with the Trump administration's unprecedented proposed cuts to the International Affairs budget, makes exchange advocacy more important than ever!

Advocate for International Exchange Programs

The Alliance's letter-writing system makes it easy for you to contact your Members of Congress and it only takes a minute or two to take action. The pre-written letters can be sent as crafted by the Alliance or can be customized by the sender. [*If the link takes you to a page saying "page expired," it means we do not currently have an active action alert. Please check back soon for new campaigns.]

To support privately funded exchanges against impending BAHA restrictions:​​

Write Members of Congress to Defend J1 Exchanges

Write Secretary Tillerson to Defend J1 Exchanges

Support the Au Pair Program 

Support Intern/Trainee Programs

 

Advocacy Resources

The resources below are meant to help you advocate for exchanges in your own community.

How to write to your Members of Congress

How to visit a Member of Congress' state or district office

How to engage your own network in advocacy

Exchange program fact sheets

Impact of exchanges one-pager

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