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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

  • Business/Jobs/Trade

    • The District of Columbia hosted 12,554 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»

    • The Department has two facilities in D.C., the Washington and Special Issuance Passport Agencies which together employ 180 government and contract staff. (CA)

    • The Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contributed nearly $4 million to the District of Columbia’s economy with manufacturing opportunities that provided jobs and produced products and services that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • FashionBiznet, a company founded by partners from D.C. and Colombia, and Enlazador, founded by partners from D.C. and Chile, were among sixty semi-finalists through the Department sponsored 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 expand their businesses. (WHA/GPI) More»

    • The Washington, D.C.- based Wisconsin Project received a U.S. Department of State Export Control Cooperation grant of $273,728 to assist governments and companies in managing strategic trade risk. The grant allows the Wisconsin Project to give free subscriptions to their exclusive database “Risk Report” and also train strategic trade control officials from U.S. Department of State Export Control Cooperation partner countries on its use. The “Risk Report” database includes profiles of more than 5,100 entities in 40 countries. (ISN) More»

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

    • The Department of State plans to redevelop approximately 43.5 acres of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus for the creation of the Foreign Missions Center (FMC), which will house new chancery (embassy) facilities for foreign governments. Construction of the FMC would create an estimated 3,053 temporary jobs, the equivalent of $131 million in wages paid, and as much as $109 million in consumer expenditures resulting from the new employment. (M/OFM) More»

  • Education

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

    • The Department supported academic Partnerships between Howard University and the University of Johannesburg in South Africa and The 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»

    • 1,288 exchange visitors from overseas visited D.C. and 8,172 D.C. residents travelled overseas, including 49 Scholars, Students, and Teachers who were awarded Fulbright Scholarships, as part of Department of State-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

    • 25 D.C. families hosted Department-funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

    • The Department’s 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)

    • The Department of State awarded George Washington University a $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. 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»

    • The Department Awarded a Medical Education Partnership Initiative Grant to a Stanford University, the University of Colorado-Denver, and Howard University 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»

    • D.C. welcomed 11 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 of State facilitates the District of Columbia National Guard State Partnership Program founded in 1999 with Jamaica. (PM) More»

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

    • The Department’s 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/MEPIMore»

    • The Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons awarded $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»

    • The Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons awarded $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»

    • The Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons awarded $650,000 to DC’s American Bar Association to analyze existing and draft new 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»

    • The Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons awarded $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»

    • The Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons awarded $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»

    • The Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons awarded $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»

    • Through the Department-funded EcoPartnerships initiative, the D.C.-based International City/County Management Association’s China Center and the China University of Political Science and Law are partnering to help alleviate some of the most pressing challenges of climate change. (Click here for more information on EcoPartnerships) (EAP/OES) More»

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

    • The Department’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) awarded a $120,500 grant to the American Chemical Society in D.C. for professional development to Malaysian and Indonesian Scientists. (OES) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • 135,722 passports were issued to residents of the District of Columbia. (CA) More»

    • The Department has two consular facilities in D.C., the Washington Passport Agency and the Special Issuance Passport Agency (CA). The Department also receives passport applications through 15 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities in the District of Columbia. (CA)

    • The Department facilitated 37overseas adoptions for D.C. 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»

    • District of Columbia welcomed over 1.7 million international visitors in 2012, comprising 5.9% of the U.S. market share.* (CA) More»

    • Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s D.C. Field Office: 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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