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

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California is ranked #1 in the U.S. for the number of international students in its colleges and universities. More»

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.



    • 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 75,175 California exporters in 2013, 96% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2014, the state of California exports totaled $173.8 billion. Those exports supported 775,320 U.S. jobs. (EB) More»

    • California businesses Plantronics and Taylor Guitars were presented with the Secretary of State’s 2013 Award for Corporate Excellence, an annual award that recognizes U.S.-owned businesses that play vital roles worldwide as good corporate citizens in supporting sustainable development, respect for human and labor rights, environmental protection, open markets, transparency and other democratic values. (EB – read more about ACE hereMore»

    • Flights between Los Angeles, California and Shanghai, China with an estimated impact of $647 million were made possible by an Open Skies agreement negotiated by the Bureaus of Economic and Business Affairs and East Asian and Pacific Affairs. (EB/EAP) More»

    • The Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs assisted with a deal worth approximately $693 million for Kuwait to purchase Boeing C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. (EB) More»

    • Consul General of the U.S. Consulate Shanghai joined the Agriculture Trade Office to welcome the first shipment of U.S. pears (valued at over $100,000) to China, representing new market opportunities for pear producers in California, Oregon and Washington. (EB/EAP) More»

    • The Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs assisted with a deal worth approximately $12.5 million for TCI International to supply Macedonia’s Agency for Electronic Communications with a national spectrum monitoring system. (EB) More»

    • The Department supports the SelectUSA initiative, which facilitated Pacific Proton Therapy Regional Center’s $193 million investment in California adding 3,900 new jobs. SelectUSA is a President Obama initiative that promotes and facilitates investment in the United States as an engine for job growth and economic development. (EB) More»

    • California hosted 32,224 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based international exchange visitor programs. (ECA) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contributed more than $5 million to the California’s economy by providing jobs and manufacturing opportunities that yielded products and services which directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • The Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs supported Chinese Vice President Xi visit to California leading to the establishment of the California-China Trade and Investment Office . (EAP/S/SRGIA) More»

    • Six partnership plans were created in California under the Small Business Network of the Americas International Sister Center Program with Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Panama. (WHA) More»

    • Kahai SAS, a company founded by partners from California and Colombia, received the best established business award in the La Idea Business Competition. Mi Aguila and Two to Tango, companies also founded by partners from California and Colombia, were among sixteen finalists. La Idea is a component of the Small Business Network of the Americas that connects Latin America diaspora in the U.S. with entrepreneurs throughout Latin America to help them cultivate and grow their businesses. (WHA) More»

    • California-based Asia Foundation received a $594,000 grant to launch and implement a South Asia Women's Entrepreneurship Initiative featuring a web platform, study tours, and national government-business policy workshops. (SCA) More»

    • The U.S. Department of State invested $17,320 each in career events in Sacramento, California and San Diego, California, to recruit Americans for International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) jobs. (ISN) More»

    • U.S. Department of State partnered with Sandia National Laboratories to implement the Global Threat Reduction Program. Through the use of nonproliferation, anti-terrorism, de-mining and related programs account funds the Department provided $13,296,800 to the Laboratories to support the reduction of terrorist threat and weapons of mass destruction. (ISN) More»

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

  • Education

    • Fulbright Scholarship Awards: 341 Scholars, Students and Teachers in California (ECA) More»

    • Diplomats-in-Residence (Melissa Martinez and Lewis Lukens): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers located throughout the U.S. and provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»

    • There are academic partnerships with South African Universities and the California Institute of Technology (Geology), University of California Los Angeles (Chemical Technology) and University of California San Diego (Physics). Partnerships with universities abroad help U.S. institutions strengthen their programs, promote opportunities for students and faculty and enhance their global presence. (AF) More»

    • 1,413 exchange visitors from overseas visited California and 3,864 California residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (ECA) More»

    • The Office of Global Food Security has partnered with the University of California at Davis and University of California at Riverside as part of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab program, which offers U.S. universities and research institutions the opportunity to tackle global agriculture and food security challenges. (S/GFS) More»

    • Two $1 million grants were awarded to San Jose State University to establish university partnerships in Afghanistan for journalism for three years; two $1 million grants were awarded to San Jose State University to establish university partnerships in Pakistan for distance education and linguistics/English education for three years. (SCA) More»

    • 482 Brazilian students attended several educational institutions in California through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. This program is funded by the Brazilian government and the private sector and sends 101,000 Brazilian university students of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to study and conduct research abroad. The U.S. is a priority destination for scholarship recipients, and the program strengthens U.S. and Brazilian institutional partnerships, develops a workforce prepared for 21st century opportunities, and contributes to long-term economic growth for both countries. (WHA) More»

    • The Department of State hosted an International Virtual College Fair in 2013 to celebrate International Education Week and the $29 billion international student industry in the United States. The event featured colleges and universities from across the United States and had more than 22,000 potential students from 206 countries in attendance who completed nearly 55,000 visits to the virtual university booths. Alliant International University, California State University-Los Angeles, Mills College, Platt College San Diego, University of California-Berkeley; University of California-Davis, University of California-Davis Graduate Studies, University of California-Irvine, University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-Merced, University of California-Santa Barbara, University of California-Santa Cruz, Westmont College, Columbia College Hollywood participated in this Virtual College Fair. (IIP) More»

    • The University of California, Berkeley received a $250,000 grant from the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative to partner with the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay on a sustainable water infrastructure project. (SCA) More»

    • California-based Asia Foundation received a $1,500,000 grant to continue the Traditional Leader Development Program, to expose Afghan traditional leaders, including women and young leaders, to more moderate Muslim societies in the region. (SCA) More»

    • Equal Access International in San Francisco received a $597,119 grant for the Afghanistan-Pakistan Journalist Exchange Program which aims to promote and institutionalize professional exchanges between influential independent media from Pakistan and Afghanistan. (SCA) More»

    • California-based Internews received a $400,000 grant to support the Journalism Safety Program in Pakistan to increase journalists’ reporting capacity and their ability to minimize risks of physical and digital attacks. (SCA) More»

    • The Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) supports foreign institutions in Sub-Saharan African countries that receive support from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDs Relief. More»

      • The University of Colorado-Denver, Howard University and Stanford University have a partnership to establish the Novel Education Clinical Trainees and Researchers (NECTAR) program at the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences. (S/GAC)

      • The University of Colorado-Denver and Stanford University have a partnership with the University of Zimbabwe for a cerebrovascular, heart failure, rheumatic heart disease interventions (CHRIS) program (S/GAC)

      • UC San Diego and Universidade Eduardo Mondlane have a partnership to increase the number of highly skilled medical school faculty in Mozambique (S/GAC)

      • UC San Diego and Universidade Eduardo Mondlane have a surgery partnership in Mozambique (S/GAC)

      • UC San Diego, Emory University, Johns Hopkins University and University of Wisconsin assist Ethiopia in improving medical education and retention. (S/GAC)

  • Partnerships

    • California hosted 256 students from allied and friendly nations for International Military Education and Training (PM) More»

    • Refugee Arrivals: 6,383. The Department works with nine domestic nongovernmental organizations, which have 350 affiliated offices, to place refugees in over 180 communities in all 50 states. These offices work with communities, local volunteers, and elected officials to provide a successful start for refugees rebuilding their lives. (PRM) More»

    • The Department of State facilitates the California National Guard State Partnership Program with Ukraine founded in 1993 and Nigeria founded in 2006. (PM)

    • A Pasadena, California Police Department officer deployed to Jamaica as part of the Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs’ (INL) police partnership program. INL also partnered with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to create a corrections partnership program and offer training. (INL) More»

    • A member of the California Attorney General’s office traveled to Thailand to help the Thai Attorney General’s office develop a training division. (INL) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs contributed just more than $25,000 to the State of California on an education program for Iraqi police, in addition to awarding UCLA $770,000 for implementing a counternarcotics program to assist the Iraqi government. (INL) More»

    • U.S.-China EcoPartnerships have a project between UCLA and Peking University for clean, efficient and secure energy. (EAP/OES: Click here for more information on EcoPartnershipsMore»

    • Museums Connect Cultural Exchange partnership is designed to strengthen connections between people in the United States and abroad through museum-based exchanges.  More»

      • There is a partnership between SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco, CA and the Islamic Art Museum of Malaysia – Citizenship Unbound: Flag Stories. (ECA/EAP)

      • There is a partnership with the Monterey County Agricultural and Rural Life Museum in King City and the Egyptian Agricultural Museum – Common Ground: Connecting Communities through Gardens. (ECA)

      • There is a partnership between the Zoological Society of San Diego, working with Three Mountain Alliance in Lihu’e, HI, and the Sican National Museum (Peru) – Forest Guardians. (ECA)

    • The Office of Global Food Security entered a public-private partnership with several major companies as part of the Feed the Future program, including Nestle and the Guittard Chocolate Company. (S/GFS) More»

    • $450,000 dollars was invested in Fair Trade Fund, Inc. in California to advance the capabilities of Slavery Footprint, an online tool and mobile application that measures an individual’s slavery “footprint”, with a focus on expanding its social media strategy and bettering incentives for consumers to reduce their footprints. (J/TIP) More»

    • The Department’s Bureau of Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) partners with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office to leverage the expertise of the nation’s largest local prosecutorial agency in its work overseas. Through this partnership INL will utilize the knowledge and experience of Los Angeles County attorneys and investigators in training, advising, and mentoring foreign justice sector personnel. INL’s programs combat transnational crime for the benefit of U.S. and international security, and advance civilian security in 70-plus countries, focusing on areas ranging from anti-corruption to counternarcotics to legal and judicial reform. (INL) More»

    • $500,000 was awarded to Relief International in California to enhance the capacity of local organizations to identify and assist male trafficking victims in Bangladesh and raise public awareness of the country’s 2012 anti-trafficking legislation. (J/TIP) More»

    • $500,000 was awarded to Zoe International in California to implement a project in Thailand to enhance protections for child trafficking victims and children at risk of being trafficked. (J/TIP) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued: 1,793,399 (CA) More»

    • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 735 (CA) More»

    • The Los Angeles Passport Agency, the San Francisco Passport Agency, and the San Diego Passport Agency employ 109 government and 67 contract staff. (CA)

    • 555 California families participated in overseas adoptions. The Office of Children's Issues (CI) 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 Los Angeles Field Office and San Francisco Field Office: 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 – Resident Offices: San Diego and West Los Angeles Investigative Field Offices) More»

    • U.S. Department of State published a pamphlet, “Yuba City, California: American Punjabi Sikhs” to encourage trade and tourism by sharing the history and culture of the local American Punjabi Sikhs with 661 English and Russian language speakers. (IIP) More»


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