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

Fast Facts

Current Secretary of State John Kerry hails from Massachusetts. More»

The Rogers Act, which established the present-day Foreign Service, was sponsored by former U.S. Representative from Massachusetts John Jacob Rogers. More»

William Palfrey of Massachusetts was the first U.S. Consul. 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 to learn how the work of the Department benefits this state’s residents.


  • Jobs and Diplomacy

    • In partnership with agencies across the federal government, the Department of State advances U.S. trade policy objectives by opening new export opportunities for American businesses and workers through trade initiatives. Of the 10,709 Massachusetts exporters in 2013, 89% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2014, Massachusetts exports totaled $27.4 billion. Those exports supported 124,016 U.S. jobs. (EB) More»

    • The Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs assisted with a deal worth approximately $185 million between Massachusetts-based InterSystems and the Chilean Government on an agreement extension for the company’s healthcare information system. (EB) More»

    • Massachusetts hosted 16,860 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based international exchange visitor programs. (ECA) More»

    • Cambridge, MA based CDM Smith facilitates Metolong Dam water infrastructure program in Lesotho. For more information on investing in Lesotho, visit (AF)

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

    • Noteflight LLC, a company founded by partners from Massachusetts and Colombia, was a semi-finalist 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»

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

    • American Embassies worldwide purchased a total of $41,100 in multimedia materials from Massachusetts-based Topologe for use in American Spaces abroad. (IIP) More»

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

  • Education

    • Fulbright Scholarship Awards: 173 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Massachusetts (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Jon Danilowicz): 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»

    • Five Colleges, Inc., a consortium of Massachusetts colleges, hosted a Foreign Language Teaching Assistant from Nairobi. 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»

    • There are academic and research partnerships with South African Universities and Boston University (APARC); Brandeis University; Harvard University; Massachusetts College of Art; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston; University of Massachusetts. Partnerships with universities abroad help U.S. institutions strengthen their programs, promote opportunities for students and faculty and enhance their global presence. (AF) More»

    • 876 exchange visitors from overseas visited Massachusetts and 404 Massachusetts residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (ECA) More»

    • The Washington Foreign Press Center hosted 15 foreign journalists for a tour to Massachusetts about U.S. healthcare initiatives. (PA) More»

    • The Office of Global Food Security partnered with Tufts University as part of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab program, which offers U.S. universities and research institutions the opportunity to tackle global agriculture and food security challenges. (S/GFS) More»

    • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs contributed $18,000 in grant funding to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to train engineers in technology commercialization. (OES) More»

    • Tufts University received a $250,000 grant from the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative to partner with India’s Christian Medical University on a project to build capacity for medical education in bioethics. (SCA) More»

    • 98 Brazilian students attended several educational institutions in Massachusetts 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. Amherst College, Boston Architectural College, Boston University, Fisher College, Lasell College, Regis College, Suffolk University participated in the Virtual College Fair. (IIP) More»

  • Partnerships

    • Refugee Arrivals: 1,829. 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 Massachusetts National Guard State Partnership Program with Paraguay founded in 2001. (PM) More»

    • The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has partnered with Russian Skolkovo, a new technology hub in Russia, to create Skoltech, a graduate-level technical university focused on cutting edge research and innovation in entrepreneurship. EUR) More»

    • $150,000 was granted to Veritè in Massachusetts, an organization that works to improve the understanding of the threat of trafficking posed by unscrupulous labor brokers and to enhance the ability of labor brokers to prevent trafficking and take corrective action against it. (J/TIP) More»

    • Through the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Speaker Program, the executive director of the Massachusetts-based Millennial Youth Network, Sam Vaghar, travelled to Morocco to speak to thousands of youth entrepreneurs and civil society leaders including U.S. Department of State Access students, alumni of U.S. Government exchange programs and other high school and university students. His program, “Millennials: Social Entrepreneurship,” highlighted the importance of networking, resumes, and social media. Following his program, Mr. Vaghar signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Circle of Young Moroccan Democrats, shared his experience with 1,000 conference attendees in Boston, and published several articles in U.S. media about his experience. (IIP) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs continues to partner with the Boston Police Department for police training and programs with foreign police partners. (INL) More»

    • $1,400,000 was awarded to Veritè in Massachusetts to identify areas at greatest risk of trafficking in global supply chains, develop a tool for businesses to analyze the potential risk of trafficking in their supply chains, and provide next steps for compliance plans that align with the principles of Executive Order 13627, “Strengthening Protections Against Trafficking in Persons in Federal Contracts.” Veritè is also engaging with key business entities in the fishing industry to adapt guidance consistent with the Executive Order for fishing sector companies. (J/TIP) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued: 342,896 (CA) More»

    • The Boston Passport Agency comprises 30 government employees and 14 contract employees. (CA) More»

    • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 248 (CA) More»

    • 171 Massachusetts 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: 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»

    • U.S. Department of State published a pamphlet, “Boston, Massachusetts: America’s City of Firsts” to encourage trade and tourism by sharing its history, culture, and climate with 2,947 Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish language speakers. (IIP) More»


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