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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 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 320,000 Mississippi jobs with customers in 194 countries and territories buying Mississippi-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $12.2 billion in goods exports (2012) and $2.3 billion in service exports (2011). (EB) More»

    • Mississippi hosted 1,138 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»

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

  • Education

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Michael Thurston): 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»

    • The Department supported academic partnerships 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»

    • 37 exchange visitors from overseas visited Mississippi and 64 Mississippi residents travelled overseas, including seven Scholars and Students who were awarded Fulbright Scholarships, as part of Department of State-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

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

    • 9 Mississippi families hosted Department-funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

    • 91 Brazilian students studied at Alcorn State University, Jackson State University and the University of Mississippi 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

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

    • Mississippi welcomed 3 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»

    • Through the Department funded EcoPartnerships initiative, the Nature Conservancy's Great Rivers Partnership and Yangtze River Basin Fisheries Resources Management Commission partnered to promote fisheries monitoring, habitats conservation, sustainable fisheries policy, integrated river basin management, environmental flows and invasive species. (Click here for more information on EcoPartnerships) (EAP/OES) More»

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

    • The Miami Regional Office of the Office of Foreign Missions serves Mississippi 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

    • 43,058 passports were issued to Mississippi residents. (CA) More»

    • The Department received passport applications through 97 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities in Mississippi. (CA) More»

    • The Department facilitated 54 overseas adoptions for Mississippi 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»

    • Mississippi welcomed over 59,000 international visitors in 2012, comprising 0.2% of the U.S. market.* (CA) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Miami Field Office serves Mississippi: 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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