Daisy Cardiel has been with the U.S. Department of State, Office of Children’s Issues since July 2008. As a citizens services specialist, Daisy is the Department’s primary point of contact on matters involving international parental child abduction in Brazil, Panama, and Venezuela, a position that has increasingly become very high profile, involving a significant amount of interagency and Congressional coordination. Daisy is responsible in providing guidance and information to the public who inquire about parental child abduction. She works closely with Brazilian, Panamanian, and Venezuelan Government officials in reaching a resolution on reported abduction cases under the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Parental Child Abduction. Daisy previously served as a passport specialist in Los Angeles and in Washington, D.C.
The Department hired Daisy in December 2005 under the Outstanding Scholar Program. She holds an M.A. in international communication from the School of International Service at American University, Washington, D.C. and a B.A. in communication from Concordia University in Irvine, California. Daisy was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and her parents are from Zacatecas, Mexico. She is extremely proud to be of Mexican-American descent and will be representing the U.S. Department of State as a participant of the Hometown Diplomat Program were she will be speaking to her hometown high school and undergraduate university about the State Department and the various opportunities the Federal Government offers today’s youth.