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New Mexico


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

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The Gadsden Purchase, or Treaty, was an agreement between the United States and Mexico finalized in 1854, in which the United States agreed to pay Mexico $10 million for a 29,670 square mile portion of Mexico that later became part of Arizona and New Mexico. 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.

New Mexico

  • 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. International trade supports more than 200,000 New Mexico jobs with customers in 187 countries buying New Mexico-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $3.2 billion in goods exports (2012) and $2.5 billion in service exports (2011), saving the average New Mexico family of four more than $10,000 per year due to trade and investment liberalization policies. (EB) More»

    • New Mexico hosted 1,162 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 more than $3 million to New Mexico economy by providing jobs and manufacturing opportunities that yielded products and services which directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

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

    • The U.S. Department of State contributed $620,200 to Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico for implementation of the Partnership for Nuclear Security Program, which promotes cooperative partnerships between the United States and international institutions on the a self-sufficient nuclear security culture. (ISN) More»

    • Applied Research Associates, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Pelowitz LLC received a total of $2,046,965 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»

    • U.S. Department of State partners with Sandia National Laboratories to implement the Global Threat Reduction Program. Through the use of nonproliferation, anti-terrorism, de-mining and related programs account funds the U.S. Department of State provided $13,296,800 to the Laboratories to support terrorist threat and weapons of mass destruction reduction. (ISN) More»

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

  • Education

    • 12 Scholars, Students and Teachers from New Mexico were awarded Fulbright Scholarships (ECA) More»
    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Amb. Ian Kelly): 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»
    • There was an academic partnership in geology between the University of New Mexico and the University of Johannesburg 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»
    • 113 exchange visitors from overseas visited New Mexico and 44 New Mexico residents travelled overseas as part of Department of State ECA-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»
    • 53 Brazilian students studied at the University of New Mexico 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»
    • The Department of State hosted the 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. The following schools participated: New Mexico State University; Santa Fe College. (IIP) More»
  • Partnerships

    • New Mexico hosted 27 students from allied and friendly nations for International Military Education and Training. (PM) More»

    • Refugee Arrivals: 293. 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 Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs awarded the New Mexico Corrections Department more than $170,000 in funding as part of INL’s Corrections Partnership Program, which develops and delivers training assistance to international partners in corrections systems; in this case, the grant is helping offer assistance to partners in Mexico. (INL) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs partnered with the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office, Government Accountability Division, and sent prosecution professionals to Moldova to conduct training on investigating and prosecuting public corruption cases. (INL) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued: 61,811 (CA) More»

    • 41 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities (CA) More»

    • 34 New Mexico 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 Los Angeles Field Office serves New Mexico and Southern New Mexico is served by the Diplomatic Security Houston 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»


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