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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

  • 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 200,000 New Mexico jobs with customers in 187 countries and territories 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). (EB) More»

    • New Mexico hosted 1,028 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»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contributed more than $3 million to New Mexico economy by providing jobs and manufacturing opportunities, yielding products and services that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • Under the Small Business Network of the Americas International Sister Center Program, two partnership plans with New Mexico organizations were created with Mexico. (WHA) More»

    • The 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 working toward a self-sufficient nuclear security culture. (ISN) More»

    • The 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»

    • Applied Research Associates, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Pelowitz LLC received a total of $2,046,965 from the Department of State through the U.S. Program of Technical Assistance to International Atomic Energy Agency Safeguards, which provides budgetary assistance for research and development projects on technical safeguards. (ISN) More»

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

  • Education

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Anne Callaghan): 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 supports an academic partnership (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»

    • 53 exchange visitors from overseas visited New Mexico and 220 New Mexico residents travelled overseas, including 24 Scholars, Students and Teachers who were awarded Fulbright Scholarships, as part of Department of State-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

    • 1,309 New Mexico citizens volunteered for the Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program through their local Council for International Visitors. (ECA) More»

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

    • 53 Brazilian students studied at the University of New Mexico 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»

    • New Mexico State University and Santa Fe College participated in the Department of State’s 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 numerous countries in attendance who completed nearly 55,000 visits to the virtual university booths. (IIP) More»

  • Partnerships

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

    • New Mexico welcomed 293 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»

    • The Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) 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; this grant offers assistance to partners in Mexico. (INL) More»

    • The Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) 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»

    • The Houston Regional Office of the Office of Foreign Missions serves New Mexico 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)

    • The Department of State facilitates the New Mexico National Guard State Partnership Program founded in 2006 with Costa Rica. (PM) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • 61,811 passports were issued to New Mexico residents. (CA) More»

    • The Department receives passport applications through 41 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities in New Mexico. (CA) More»

    • The Department facilitated 34 overseas adoptions for New Mexico 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»

    • New Mexico welcomed over 89,000 international visitors in 2012, comprising 0.3% of the U.S. market.* (CA) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Los Angeles Field Office serves Northern New Mexico and Southern New Mexico is served by the Diplomatic Security Houston Office: 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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