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Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Alabama state seal © Public Domain
Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Alabama state flag © Public Domain

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For about a 1% investment of the Federal budget, the State Department yields a large return for the American people by advancing U.S. national security, promoting our economic interests, providing services, and reaffirming our country’s exceptional role in the world. Read on to learn how the work of the Department benefits this state’s residents.


  • Jobs and Diplomacy

    • The Department of State, in partnership with other federal agencies, advances U.S. trade policy objectives by opening new markets for American businesses and workers. Of the 3,964 Alabama exporters in 2013, 81% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2014, Alabama exports totaled $19.4 billion. Those exports supported 95,258 U.S. jobs. (EB) More»

    • Alabama hosted foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based international exchange visitor programs. (ECA) More»

    • The Alabama-Benin Trade & Economic Cooperative Forum promotes socio-economic ties, cultural exchanges, technical research, medical, educational and agricultural investment, trade, and more, between Sub-Saharan Africa and the State of Alabama. (AF) More»

    • The capital of Benin, Cotonou, and the city of Tuskegee, Alabama signed a sister-city agreement in December 2011. (AF) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contributed more than $22 million to Alabama’s economy through contracts and federal grants that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in Alabama. (HR)

  • Education

    • Fulbright Scholarship Awards: 27 Scholars and Students from Alabama. (ECA) More»

    • 180 exchange visitors from overseas visited Alabama and 124 Alabama residents traveled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence: (Isiah Parnell - Northern, Alabama and Michael Thurston - Southern, Alabama): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice to students, professionals, and the community about Department of State careers. (HR) More»

  • Partnerships

    • Alabama hosted 181 students from allied and friendly nations for International Military Education and Training. (PM) More»

    • Refugee Arrivals in 2015: 97. The Department works with nine domestic nongovernmental organizations, which place refugees in over 300 affiliated offices in roughly 180 communities around the country. These local offices work closely with community partners, congregations, volunteers, and state and local officials to provide a successful start for refugees rebuilding their lives. Refugee communities have historically enhanced the economic dynamism and cultural vitality of our nation. Refugees contribute to the United States in numerous ways, including by starting businesses and joining the U.S. military. (PRM) More»

    • The Department of State facilitates the Alabama National Guard State Partnership Program with Romania founded in 1993. (PM) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2015: 101, 159 (CA) More»

    • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 82. (CA) More»

    • Number of overseas adoptions for Alabama families in Fiscal Year 2014: 188. The Office of Children's Issues plays an active role in the intercountry adoption process. Its work is dedicated to assisting parents as they seek to provide a home to orphans abroad. (CA) More»

    • Diplomatic Security Miami Field Office serves Alabama. Diplomatic Security has offices throughout the United States staffed with special agents and contract investigators, who conduct criminal, counterterrorism, and background investigations. Agents assigned to field and resident offices assist in providing support to the protection of the Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and visiting foreign dignitaries. Additionally, they liaison with federal and local law enforcement, foreign mission personnel, local officials, and the private sector complements their major responsibilities. (DS) More»


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