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J-1 Exchanges: a Pillar in the U.S.-Mexico Relationship

Posted on Wednesday, January 7th, 2015 at 3:56 pm.

Assistant Secretary of State Evan Ryan and Undersecretary for North American Affairs for the Government of Mexico Sergio M. Alcocer Martinez de Castro signing the letter of intent.

Assistant Secretary of State Evan Ryan and Undersecretary for North American Affairs for the Government of Mexico Sergio M. Alcocer Martinez de Castro signing the letter of intent.

On January 5, Assistant Secretary of State Evan Ryan and Undersecretary for North American Affairs for the Government of Mexico Sergio M. Alcocer Martinez de Castro signed a letter of intent to formally create a U.S.-Mexico Internship Exchange.

Assistant Secretary Ryan and Mexico's North American Affairs Undersecretary Martinez de Castro clasp hands after signing the letter of intent.

Assistant Secretary Ryan and Mexico’s North American Affairs Undersecretary Martinez de Castro clasp hands after signing the letter of intent.

The signing formally established the intent to create a J-1 internship exchange program between the two governments and recognized the program as an opportunity to further strengthen the U.S.-Mexico bilateral relationship.

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Deputy Assistant Secretary for Private Sector Exchange

Nicole Elkon

Nicole Elkon joined the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Private Sector Exchange in September 2021. Until June 2021, Ms. Elkon was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Human Rights First, an independent advocacy organization focused on human rights and the rule of law. Prior to her position as COO, Ms. Elkon was a Senior Advisor at Results for America (RFA), a non-profit organization focused on advancing data-driven, evidence based public policy at all levels of government. She also served as Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary of ECA and was Director of the Office of Public Private Partnerships at ECA working to leverage strategic partnerships to enhance Administration foreign policy priorities.

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