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

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Read about the unique partnership between the Mississippi River Commission and the Mekong River Commission, brokered by the Department of State and the Nations of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. (EAP) 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 2,022 Mississippi exporters in 2013, 76% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2014, Mississippi exports totaled $11.5 billion. Those exports supported 51,892 U.S. jobs. (EB) More»

    • Mississippi hosted 950 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 Diplomatic Security provided approximately $26,000 to Mississippi-based vendors for procurement of goods and services. (DS) More»

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

  • Education

    • Eight Scholars and Students from Mississippi were awarded Fulbright Scholarships (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Isiah Parnell – Northern Mississippi, Michael Thurston – Southern Mississippi): 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»

    • There is an academic partnership between Mississippi State University and the University of the Free State 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»

    • 42 exchange visitors from overseas visited Mississippi and 24 Mississippi residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (ECA) More»

    • 91 Brazilian students attended Alcorn State University, Jackson State University and the University of Mississippi 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»

  • Partnerships

    • Mississippi hosted 157 students from allied and friendly nations for International Military Education and Training. (PM) More»

    • Refugee Arrivals: 3. 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»

    • U.S.-China EcoPartnership between the Mississippi River Basin and the Yangtze River Basin to promote fisheries monitoring, habitats conservation, sustainable fisheries policy, integrated river basin management, environmental flows and invasive species. (EAP/OES: Click here for more information on EcoPartnershipsMore»

    • The Department of State facilitates the Mississippi National Guard State Partnership Program with Bolivia founded in 1999 and Uzbekistan founded in 2012. (PM) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued: 43,058 (CA) More»

    • 97 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities (CA) More»

    • 54 Mississippi 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 Miami Field Office serves Mississippi: 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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