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

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Attorney General Janet Mills and former Governor John Baldacci are alumni of the American Council of Young Political Leaders program, a flagship Department of State international exchange program. 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 for some specific ways that the Department worked to benefit this state’s citizens.

Maine

  • 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. Maine exported $2.7 billion in merchandise to all over the world. 2,183 Maine companies exported, 85% of those companies being small-medium enterprises. Those exports supported 14,491 Maine jobs. (EB) More»

    • Maine hosted 7,284 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based international exchange visitor programs. (ECA) More»

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

  • Education

    • Fulbright Scholarship Awards: 30 Scholars and Students from Maine (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Amb. Mary Beth Leonard): 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»

    • 148 exchange visitors from overseas visited Maine and 125 Maine residents travelled overseas as part of Department of State ECA-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

    • 33 Brazilian students studied at Bowdoin College and the University of Maine through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. This is funded by the Brazilian government and private sector that 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»

    • Saint Joseph’s College of Maine participated in the Department of State hosted 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 206 countries in attendance who completed nearly 55,000 visits to the virtual university booths. (IIP) More»

  • Partnerships

    • Refugee Arrivals: 350. 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 Maine National Guard State Partnership Program with Montenegro founded in 2006. (PM) More»

    • Retired Maine native, Major General John Libby, was honored by the government of Montenegro for the five year anniversary of establishing a military partnership between the government of Montenegro and the United States. (EUR) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued: 46,778 (CA) More»

    • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 75 (CA) More»

    • 27 Maine families participated in overseas adoptions 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»

    • Diplomatic Security Boston Field Office serves Maine: 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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