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Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Louisiana state seal © Public Domain
Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Louisiana 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.


  • 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 500,000 Louisiana jobs with customers in 200 countries and territories buying Louisiana-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $44.2 billion in goods exports (2012) and $7.4 billion in service exports (2011). (EB) More»

    • The Department supports the SelectUSA initiative, which facilitated Sasol, a South African company’s $14 billion investment in Louisiana which created 1,200 permanent jobs and 7,000 temporary jobs. SelectUSA is an initiative that promotes and facilitates investment in the United States as an engine for job growth and economic development. (EB) More»

    • The Department’s New Orleans Passport Agency employs 157 government and contract staff. (CA) More»

    • Louisiana hosted 2,143 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»

    • U.S. Embassy in Latvia and Baltic American Freedom Foundation sponsored emerging Latvian business leaders’ participation in the Entrepreneur Week Conference in New Orleans. (EUR) More»

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

  • Education

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (John C. Roberts): 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»

    • Tulane University and Southern University and A&M College hosted Foreign Language Teaching Assistants from Nairobi through the Department of State’s Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program (FLTA). 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»

    • The Department sponsored a zoology research collaboration between Louisiana State University and the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. Such collaborations with universities abroad help U.S. institutions strengthen their programs, promote opportunities for students and faculty and enhance their global presence. (AF) More»

    • 59 exchange visitors from overseas visited Louisiana and 612 Louisiana residents travelled overseas, including 16 Scholars and Students who were awarded Fulbright Scholarships, as part of Department of State-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

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

    • 6 Louisiana families hosted Department-funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

    • 85 Brazilian students studied at Dillard University, Southern University and A&M College, Tulane University and Xavier University of Louisiana 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»

  • Partnerships

    • Louisiana welcomed 223 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 Louisiana National Guard State Partnership Program founded in 2011 with Haiti and founded in 1996 with Belize. (PM) More»

    • Through the Department funded EcoPartnerships initiative, Tulane University and East China Normal University partnered to develop a global model for the sustainability of coastal cities, focused on restoration, conservation, and enhancement of environmentally sensitive wetland areas (Click here for more information on EcoPartnerships) (EAP/OES) More»

    • The Houston Regional Office of the Office of Foreign Missions serves Louisiana 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»

  • Travel and Security

    • 101,803 passports were issued to Louisiana residents. (CA) More»

    • The Department has one consular facility in Louisiana, the New Orleans Passport Agency. The Department also receives passports through 86 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities in Louisiana. (CA) More»

    • The Department facilitated 61 overseas adoptions for Louisiana 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»

    • Louisiana welcomed 298,000 international visitors in 2012, comprising 1% of the U.S. market share.* (CA) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Miami Field Office serves Louisiana and has a Resident Office in New Orleans: 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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