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

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881 Citizen Diplomats in Colorado volunteered to host international students, scholars and visitors in their homes and communities during the 2011-2012 academic year. 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.

Colorado

  • 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 5,700 Colorado exporters in 2013, 87% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2014, Colorado exports totaled $8.3 billion. Those exports supported 43,615 U.S. jobs. (EB) More»

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

    • The U.S.-China EcoPartnership between the City of Denver with Ford Motor Company and the City of Chongqing with Chang’an Motors focused on implementation of electric and hybrid vehicles. Learn more about EcoPartnerships here. (EAP/OES)

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contributed more than $2.9 million to the economy of Colorado through contracts and federal grants that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • The Bureau of Diplomatic Security provided approximately $100,000 to Colorado-based vendors for procurement of goods and services (DS) More»

    • Agronometrics, a company founded by partners from Colorado and Chile, won the best new venture award in the La Idea Business Competition. 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/GP) More»

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

  • Education

    • Fulbright Scholarships Awards: 77 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Colorado (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Anne Callaghan): 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»

    • Two high school students from Colorado participated in the first-ever WiSci Girls STEAM Camp in Gashora, Rwanda, which brought 30 American and 90 African girls together for a three week curriculum in computer science, robotics, leadership, and social enterprise during summer 2015. Part of the Let Girls Learn Initiative, the goal of WiSci is to empower young women with the knowledge and skillsets to be competitive with their male counterparts during a time of rapid, technological development, providing them with access to high-tech resources, like-minded peers, impactful business connections and inspiring mentors. Learn more about WiSci here. (S/GP)

    • The University of Colorado, Colorado Springs has a research collaboration with North-West University in South Africa. (AF) More»

    • 364 exchange visitors from overseas visited Colorado and 270 Colorado residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange-funded programs. (ECA) More»

    • Colorado partnered with the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) in multiple law enforcement training and education opportunities, focusing on prison training and management. The Colorado Department of Corrections continued to partner with INL in an agreement to run the International Correctional Management Training Center and provide training. (INL) More»

    • 140 Brazilian students attended several educational institutions in Colorado 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 University of Colorado-Denver participated in an International Virtual College Fair hosted by the Department of State 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. (IIP) More»

    • Medical Education Partnership Initiative Grant: University of Colorado-Denver, Howard U. and Stanford U. partnership to establish the Novel Education Clinical Trainees and Researchers (NECTAR) program at the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences. (S/GAC) More»

    • Medical Education Partnership Initiative Grant: University of Colorado-Denver and Stanford U. partnership with the U. of Zimbabwe for a Cerebrovascular, Heart failure, Rheumatic heart disease Interventions (CHRIS) program. (S/GAC) More»

  • Partnerships

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Office of the Foreign Policy Advisor program has four Foreign Policy Advisor (POLAD) positions assigned to U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) based out of Colorado Springs. POLADs are U.S. diplomats that serve typically two year tours at U.S. military commands and provide foreign policy advice to senior military leadership. (PM) More»

    • Refugee Arrivals in 2015: 1,625. 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 U.S.-China EcoPartnerships Program between Grand Junction-based Raven Ridge Resources and Guizhou International Cooperation Center for Environmental Protection seeks to unlock the Chinese market for draining and utilizing coal mine methane. Doing so can potentially reduce a powerful greenhouse gas, improve mine safety, and produce a new energy source. Learn more about EcoPartnerships here. (EAP/OES)

    • Arcadis U.S. Inc., located in Highlands Ranch, was awarded a grant to help enhance India’s capacity to develop a national mercury inventory and improve practices for the reduction of health-related pollutants, particularly mercury and black carbon. (OES)

    • The Department of State facilitates the Colorado National Guard State Partnership Program with Jordan founded in 2004 and Slovenia founded in 1993. (PM) More»

    • U.S.-China EcoPartnerships Program between Raven Ridge Resources (Grand Junction) and Guizhou International Cooperation Center for Environmental Protection seeks to unlock the Chinese market for draining and utilizing coal mine methane, which can reduce a powerful greenhouse gas, improve mine safety and provide an energy source. Learn more about EcoPartnerships here. (EAP/OES) More»

    • The Office of Global Food Security has partnered with Colorado State University 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»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs sponsored a delegation of four senior Afghan corrections officials to observe alternatives to incarceration and community corrections mechanisms in Colorado. (INL) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs partnered with the Colorado Department of Corrections to teach 14 iterations of their Correctional Management training course to more than 200 correctional officers from Afghanistan, Ghana, Haiti, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Mali, Mexico, Niger, Pakistan, the Palestinian Authority, Senegal, Tunisia, and several Caribbean countries. Participants gained a basic understanding of how an inmate is processed into an institution, classified, managed, accesses programs, and is released. Participants came away with an understanding of a contemporary corrections system and what may be applicable in their country. (INL) More»

    • The Colorado Department of Corrections provided trainings at their training center in Cañon City, CO, to correctional officers from Canada, Haiti, Mexico, and several Caribbean countries. Trainings focused on managing security threat groups and high-risk offenders. Students gained an understanding of the importance of an effective prison intelligence program; the basic steps involved in collecting, analyzing, and disseminating intelligence; steps to effectively manage inmates who pose an unusual threat; and how to plan and execute successful prisoner transport operations in a high-threat environment. (INL) More»

    • The Colorado Department of Corrections provided training at their training center in Cañon City, CO, to 12 correctional officers from Afghanistan on industries program development. Participants gained an understanding of the basics of a sustainable prison industries program, including marketing, purchasing of equipment, selling products and teaching inmates skills – while operating in a secure and safe environment. (INL) More»

    • The Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC) provided multiple iterations of training at their training center in Cañon City, CO, to numerous correctional officers from Mexico and Tunisia on armed and high-risk transport. Students gained an understanding of the basic processes involved in conducting safe and secure prisoner transports in a high-threat environment, including improvised explosive devices and encounters with heavily-armed assailants and combatant groups. CDOC also trained another group of 12 Tunisian correctional officers on managing high risk offenders and working in a high threat environment. (INL) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs partnered with the Colorado Department of Corrections to teach two Emergency Management training courses to 47 correctional officers from Georgia, Mali, Niger, and Senegal. Participants gained an understanding of the basic principles of emergency management and how to develop policies and plans to address the kinds of emergency situations most common in a correctional setting. (INL) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs partnered with the Colorado Department of Corrections to teach two classification training courses to 36 correctional officers from Afghanistan and the Palestinian Authority. Participants gained an understanding of the components of classification and knowledge, and the skills to develop their own prisoner classification system or increase the effectiveness of an existing system. (INL) More»

    • Three forensic analysts from Costa Rica's Bureau of Judicial Investigation Crime Lab (OIJ) traveled to Denver, CO to complete a five-day training course in forensic analysis taught by the Denver Police Department’s forensics unit. Some topics covered included the fundamentals of population genetics, analyzing the Y chromosome, and reporting statistics. (INL) More»

    • The Denver District Attorney’s Office deployed to San Jose, Costa Rica to provide training in DNA and forensic prosecutions to Costa Rican officials. (INL) More»

    • The Denver Police Department Forensic Lab hosted police officers from Turkmenistan for a week-long study tour to see how a forensics lab conducts bloodstain pattern analysis, lab analysis, and shooting reconstructions. (INL) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs partnered with the Colorado Department of Corrections to host multiple study tours and course trainings for Mexican correctional officers. (INL) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2015: 276,611 (CA) More»

    • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 137. (CA) More»

    • The Colorado Passport Agency comprises 22 government employees and 13 contract employees. (CA) More»

    • Number of overseas adoptions for Colorado families in Fiscal Year 2014: 182. 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»

    • UNESCO World Heritage Site: Mesa Verde National Park. (IO)

    • Diplomatic Security San Francisco Field Office serves Colorado: 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. Liaison with federal and local law enforcement, foreign mission personnel, local officials, and the private sector complements their major responsibilities. (DS – Resident Office: San Francisco Investigative Field OfficeMore»

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