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

Fast Fact

U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer and former U.S. Rep. Frank Kratovil are alumni of one of the Department’s flagship international exchange programs, the American Council of Young Political Leaders; U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes was a Fulbright student.

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 to learn how the work of the Department benefits this state’s residents.


  • 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. Of the 7,074 Maryland exporters in 2013, 89% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2014, Maryland exports totaled $12.2 billion. Those exports supported 59,650 U.S. jobs. (EB) More»

    • U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh assists Maryland company Ellicott Dredges supplying two dredgers valued at $22.59 million to the Bangladesh Water Development Board. (SCA) More»

    • U.S. Embassy Bangladesh assists Maryland company Space Partnership International in signing a $10 million consultancy deal with the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission to design and launch the first-ever satellite. (SCA) More»

    • Maryland hosted 9,542 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based international exchange visitor programs. (ECA) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs contributed nearly $2 million to the economy of Maryland by providing jobs and manufacturing opportunities that yielded products and services which directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • Three partnership plans were created under the Small Business Network of the Americas International Sister Center Program with Belize, Brazil, and Mexico. (WHA) More»

    • AndesBeat, a company founded by partners from Maryland and Chile, and Ingenia Group, founded by partners from Maryland and Mexico, were among the sixty semi-finalists in 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 Department of State has a contract with the University of Maryland to assist with the Department’s annual country reports on terrorism. (CT) More»

    • The URS Corporation received $1,497,638 from the U.S. Department of State through the U.S. Program of Technical Assistance to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) 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 Maryland. (HR)

  • Education

    • 96 Scholars and Students from Maryland were awarded Fulbright Scholarships. (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Elise Kleinwaks): 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»

    • 297 exchange visitors from overseas visited Maryland and 280 Maryland residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (ECA) More»

    • Museums Connect Cultural Exchange program between Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center (North Brentwood) and the Museu Afro-Brasil (Sao Paulo, Brazil) – A Journey through the African Diaspora. (ECA) More»

    • Through its Corrections Partnership Program, the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs partnered with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services to develop and deliver training and technical assistance. (INL) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs hosted a delegation of 10 women police officers from Iraq for police training in the United States, working with police departments in Maryland and Michigan. (INL) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs partnered with the Maryland Department of Corrections to help improve prison training in Morocco. (INL) More»

    • 68 Brazilian students attended Johns Hopkins University, Morgan State University and University of Maryland College Park through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. This program is funded by the Brazilian government and the private sector and sends 101,000 Brazilian university students of 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 of State hosted an International Virtual College Fair in 2013 to celebrate International Education Week and the $29 billion international student industry in the United States. The 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. Mount St. Mary’s University participated in the Virtual College Fair. (IIP) More»

    • Medical Education Partnership Initiative Grant: Johns Hopkins - Stellenbosch U. (South Africa) Rural Medical Education Partnership Initiative. (S/GAC) More»

    • Medical Education Partnership Initiative Grant: UC San Diego, Emory, Johns Hopkins and U. of Wisconsin assist Ethiopia in improving medical education and retention. (S/GAC) More»

  • Partnerships

    • Maryland hosted 26 students from allied and friendly nations for International Military Education and Training. (PM) More»

    • Refugee Arrivals: 1,242. 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 Maryland National Guard State Partnership Program with Bosnia and Herzegovina founded in 2003 as well as with Estonia founded in 1993. (PM) More»

    • The University of Maryland (UMD) and the University of Nizhny Novgorod (UNN), Russia, have jointly created the U.S.-Russia Innovation Corridor to foster partnership between the two regions, with a focus on commercialization of biomedical technologies. (EUR) More»

    • The Washington Foreign Press Center hosted nearly 40 journalists on a trip to Maryland to learn about U.S. medical and humanitarian assistance as well as the culture of volunteering in America. (PA)

    • Maryland’s Global Communities received a $750,000 grant to help strengthen and implement Honduras’s new anti-trafficking law, improve coordination of the country’s interagency anti-trafficking network, administer sub grants to build protection services, and create a national data collection system. (J/TIP) More»

    • $450,000 was awarded to Catholic Relief Services in Maryland to implement a project in Albania to enhance victim protection and conduct trainings on investigations and prosecutions of trafficking cases. (J/TIP) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued: 266,424 (CA) More»

    • 197 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities (CA) More»

    • Number of overseas adoptions for Maryland families in 2012: 235. 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 serves Maryland: 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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