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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 the District of Columbia's citizens.

District of Columbia

  • Jobs and Diplomacy

    • D.C. hosted 12,554 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based international exchange visitor programs. (ECA) More»

    • The Department of State’s humanitarian program Operation Provide Hope in partnership with D.C.-based Rostropovich-Vishnevskaya Foundation provided donated assistance in the form of medicine, medical supplies and equipment, and other relief items to vulnerable populations in the countries of the former Soviet Union. (EUR)

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contributed nearly $4 million to the economy of District of Columbia by providing jobs and manufacturing opportunities that yielded products and services which directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • FashionBiznet, a company founded by partners from Washington, D.C. and Colombia, and Enlazador, a company founded by partners from D.C. and Chile, were named one of the sixty semi-finalists through 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»

    • The Washington, D.C.-based Wisconsin Project received a U.S. Department of State Export Control Cooperation grant of $273,728 to reimburse costs of providing access to their exclusive database and also to train strategic trade control officials from U.S. Department of State Export Control Cooperation partner countries on database use. (ISN) More»

    • U.S. Department of State partners 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 U.S. Department of State provided $13,296,800 to the Laboratories to support terrorist threat and weapons of mass destruction reduction. (ISN)  More»

    • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in the District of Columbia. (HR)

  • Education

    • Fulbright Scholarship Awards: 54 Scholars, Students and Teachers from D.C. (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Terry Davidson): 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»

    • Academic Partnerships between Howard University and the University of Johannesburg in South Africa and George Washington University and the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. Partnerships with universities abroad help U.S. institutions strengthen their programs, promote opportunities for students and faculty and enhance their global presence. (AF) More»

    • 4,005 exchange visitors from overseas visited D.C. and 1,448 D.C. residents travelled overseas as part of Department of State ECA-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

    • The Washington Foreign Press Center hosted more than 150 journalists from around the world to learn about various issues and U.S. government missions in 2012. Topics included the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, the Congressional Research Service, the National Archives, the U.S. Green Building Council, the National Museum of American History, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, the Cherry Blossom Festival, Gallaudet University, WRC-TV, HIV/AIDS, and youth in politics (PA)

    • George Washington University received $1 million grant to establish a university partnership in gender studies in Pakistan for three years. (SCA) More»

    • 128 Brazilian students studied at several educational institutions in D.C. through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. This is funded by the Brazilian government and private sector 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»

    • The American University received a $500,000 award to collaborate with the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) Partnership in the creation of a certificate course program, mentorship, and leadership training for Pakistani female entrepreneurs. (SCA) 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»

  • Partnerships

    • The District of Columbia hosted 82 students from allied and friendly nations for International Military Education and Training (PM) More»

    • Refugee Arrivals: 11. 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 Washington D.C. National Guard State Partnership Program with Jamaica founded in 1999. (PM) More»

    • $17.5 million to the D.C. based Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation for Strengthening (HIV) Clinical Services (SCS) Project in Lesotho. (AF) More»

    • Grant ($417,000) to Search for Common Ground for Promoting Non-Violence D.C. Headquarters for Malian Refugees in Niger. (AF)  More»

    • The Middle East Partnership Initiative provided $1.069 million to bring undergraduate students from the Middle East and North Africa to Georgetown University for the Student Leaders Program, which aims to develop leadership skills and expand understanding of U.S. civil society and democratic processes that the students can apply in their home countries. (NEA/MEPI)  More»

    • The Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons has supported the following organizations in the District of Columbia to combat trafficking in persons:

      • $500,000 to Vital Voices, a DC based non-profit organization, to strengthen the criminal justice system response to human trafficking in Cameroon. (J/TIP) More»

      • $600,000 to DC’s International Justice Mission to support a “safe space” in Manila, where victims can provide testimony and help prosecutors with evidence collection while being provided with shelter, referral, and reintegration services. (J/TIP) More»

      • $650,000 to DC’s American Bar Association to analyze existing and draft anti-trafficking laws to strengthen NGO response to trafficking in the Solomon Islands as well as build the Government of Jordan’s capacity to prosecute trafficking cases and increase protection for trafficking survivors. (J/TIP) More»

      • $600,000 to DC’s Free the Slaves to enable an expanded number of communities in the Indian provinces of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh to better prevent trafficking. (J/TIP)  More»

      • $450,000 to Polaris Project in DC to provide training and technical assistance to several countries in developing or enhancing existing anti-trafficking hotlines. (J/TIP)  More»

      • $100,000 to Urban Institute to conduct a case study to examine and identify key characteristics of the prosecution and protection policies and practices related to human trafficking in Norway. (J/TIP)  More»

    • U.S.-China EcoPartnership between the International City/County Management Association China Center and China University of Political Science and Law to help alleviate some of the most pressing challenges of climate change. (OES: Click here for more information on EcoPartnerships) (EAP/OES)  More»

    • The Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation provided a $98,000 grant to the Bhutan Foundation for the preservation and protection of cultural heritage in Bhutan. (ECA - AFCP)  More»

    • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) contributed $120,500 in grant funding to the D.C.-based American Chemical Society for professional development to Malaysian and Indonesian Scientists. (OES)  More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued: 135,722 (CA) More»

    • The Washington Passport Agency and Special Issuance Agency employ 108 government and 72 contract staff. (CA) More»

    • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 15 (CA) More»

    • 37 D.C. 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 D.C. 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. 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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