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Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Connecticut state seal © Public Domain
Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Connecticut 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 for some specific ways that the Department worked to benefit this state’s citizens.

Connecticut

  • Business/Jobs/Trade

    • In partnership with agencies across the federal government, the Department of State advances U.S. trade policy objectives through trade agreements that open new export opportunities for American businesses and create jobs for American workers. International trade supports more than 486,000 Connecticut jobs with customers in 198 countries and territories buying Connecticut-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $15.3 billion in goods exports (2012) and $9.2 billion in service exports (2011). (EB) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs assisted with a deal worth approximately $271 million between Transaero Airlines and Engine Alliance for the purchase of engines to power Airbus A380 aircraft, with final engine assembly conducted at Pratt & Whitney’s engine center in Middletown, CT. (EB) More»

    • The Department’s Connecticut Passport Agency employs 47 government and contract staff. (CA) More»

    • The Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs contributed nearly $20,000 to the economy of Connecticut by providing manufacturing opportunities that created jobs and yielded products and services that directly supported our mission in Pakistan. (INL) More»

    • Connecticut hosted 4,848 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs, and others as part of Department of State work and study-based international exchange visitor programs. (ECA) More»

    • Canberra Industries received $704,765 from the U.S. Department of State through the U.S. Program of Technical Assistance to International Atomic Energy Agency Safeguards, which funds the U.S. Support Program and provides budgetary assistance for research and development projects on technical safeguards. (ISN) More»

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

  • Education

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Ana Escrogima): 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 careers. (HR) More»

    • Through the Department-funded Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTA) Program, Yale University hosted two Foreign Language Teaching Assistants from Nairobi. The FLTA Program aims to strengthen foreign language instruction at U.S. educational institutions by establishing a native speaker presence in the classroom. (AF) More»

    • 118 exchange visitors from overseas visited Connecticut and 335 Connecticut residents travelled overseas, including 40 Scholars and Students who were awarded Fulbright Scholarships, as part of Department of State-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

    • 133 Connecticut citizens volunteered for the Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program through their local Council for International Visitors. (ECA) More»

    • 5 Connecticut families hosted Department-funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

    • The Department’s New York Foreign Press Center hosted 15 journalists from 10 countries on a trip to Connecticut and Massachusetts to look at two of the most significant issues for voters and politicians in the 2012 elections: jobs and healthcare. (PA) More»

    • Fifteen Brazilian students studied at Fairfield University, Wesleyan University and Yale University through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. Funded by the Brazilian government and private sector, this program sends 101,000 Brazilian university students in 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»

    • Four Connecticut universities participated in the Department of State’s 2013 International Virtual College Fair to celebrate International Education Week and the $29 billion international student industry in the United States. This event featured colleges and universities from across the United States and had more than 22,000 potential students from numerous countries in attendance who completed nearly 55,000 visits to the virtual university booths. The following schools participated: Central Connecticut State University; Post University; University of Bridgeport; Western Connecticut State University. (IIP) More»

  • Partnerships

    • Connecticut hosted 16 students from allied and friendly nations for International Military Education and Training. (PM) More»

    • Connecticut welcomed 547 refugees. The Department works with nine domestic nongovernmental organizations and their 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 gave a grant of $300,000 to Connecticut’s Lawyers Without Borders to train and equip 160 Liberian law enforcement personnel, judges, magistrates, prosecutors, and attorneys with tools and techniques to effectively identify, investigate, and prosecute human traffickers. (J/TIP) More»

    • The New York Regional Office of the Office of Foreign Missions serves Connecticut and assists with the Department of State’s regulation of foreign missions in the U.S. in a manner that is in accordance with both foreign policy and the national interests of the United States. Among other duties and responsibilities, OFM regional offices liaise with local, state, and federal government agencies in matters affecting foreign consular representation, immunities, and privileges. OFM regional offices also reinforce the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ message to law enforcement agencies regarding consular notification in the event of arrest, detention, or death of foreign nationals. (M/OFM) More»

    • The Department of State facilitates the Connecticut National Guard State Partnership Program founded in 2000 with Uruguay. (PM) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • 175,025 passports were issued to residents of Connecticut. (CA) More»

    • The Department has one facility in Connecticut, the Connecticut Passport Agency. The Department also receives passport applications through 145 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities in Connecticut. (CA) More»

    • The Department facilitated 90 overseas adoptions for Connecticut families in 2012. 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»

    • Connecticut welcomed 268,000 international visitors in 2012, comprising 0.9% of the U.S. market share. (CA) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s New York Field Office serves Connecticut with a Resident Office in Bridgeport: In the United States, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security protects the Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and foreign dignitaries below the head-of-state level who visit the United States. The Bureau also develops and implements security programs to protect the more than 100 domestic State Department facilities as well as the residence of the Secretary of State. Domestically, the Bureau’s agents focus on investigating passport and visa fraud, conducting personnel security investigations, and issuing security clearances. The Bureau also assists foreign embassies and consulates in the United States with the security for their missions and personnel. (DS) More»

*Excluding Canada and Mexico, whose land border entries are not included in the methodology for establishing the number of international visitors by State.

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