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Black History Month 2012: Acquania Escarne


Acquania Escarne is a member of the Foreign Service and a recipient of the Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship. She joined the State Department in 2008. During her first tour in Haiti, Acquania served as a consular officer at the Embassy in Port-au-Prince where she experienced extreme hardship and overcame tough challenges. Following the devastating earthquake there in January 2010, Acquania, putting her own well-being aside, bravely assisted with the evacuation of 16,000 Americans and their family members. She also assisted Haitian search and rescue efforts by providing food and medical care to earthquake victims. After the earthquake, Acquania worked on several VIP visits from First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Acquania currently works in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA). Her primary responsibility is to ensure NEA missions are staffed with the best qualified Foreign Service officers. During the Arab Spring, Acquania was called upon to welcome evacuated Foreign Service officers and their families back to the U.S., and she found temporary work assignments for the employees. For her third tour, Acquania will serve in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Since 2003, Acquania has been a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, a community service based organization. She graduated from The George Washington University with a bachelor of arts in political science and international affairs in 2005. In 2007, she completed her master's at Johns Hopkins School of International Affairs.

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