Press Releases

Press releases by the Alliance. For Media Inquiries, contact Mirchaye Sahlu at 202-293-6141,

Successful J Day 2016 – event summaries

Alliance members hosted 26 different community service events in states around the U.S. to participate in “J Day” – the annual celebration of international exchanges. These events enable sponsors to connect exchange participants with their American hosts through meaningful and fun activities.

Statement on Trump’s Foreign Policy Plan: “Extreme Visa Vetting”

“Donald Trump’s visa policy proposal would hurt the United States if applied to international exchange and education. New visa requirements are not needed and are counterproductive. Exchange visitors already go through extensive screening before coming to the United States and are tracked by program sponsors once they are here.

Ilir Zherka joins Alliance for International Exchange as new Executive Director

For immediate release: January 11, 2016

Contact: Kaitlyn Chriswell, 202-293-6141,

Washington, DC – Ilir Zherka recently joined the Alliance for International Exchange as new Executive Director.

Zherka, who served as Executive Director of the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), will lead the Alliance in its continued efforts to promote the growth and impact of exchange programs.