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Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Rhode Island state seal © Public Domain
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Two Pulitzer Prize winners from Rhode Island - Galway Kinnell (Pulitzer Prize for Poetry) and Martin Bernheimer (Pulitzer Prize for Criticism) – were participants in the prestigious Fulbright international educational exchange program. 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.

Rhode Island

  • 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 130,000 Rhode Island jobs with customers in 159 countries and territories buying Rhode Island-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $2.4 billion in goods exports (2012) and $1.7 billion in service exports (2011). (EB) More»

    • Rhode Island hosted 1,718 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 (Mary Beth Leonard): 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 an academic partnership in electrical engineering between Brown University 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»

    • 42 exchange visitors from overseas visited Rhode Island and 45 Rhode Island 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»

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

    • 4 Rhode Island families hosted Department-funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

    • 57 Brazilian students studied at Brown University, Salve Regina University and the University of Rhode Island 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»

    • Johnson and Wales University 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 that completed nearly 55,000 visits to the virtual university booths. The following schools participated: Johnson and Wales University. (IIP) More»

  • Partnerships

    • Rhode Island hosted 186 students from allied and friendly nations for International Military Education and Training. (PM) More»

    • Rhode Island welcomed 171 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 of State facilitates the Rhode Island National Guard State Partnership Program founded in 2005 with the Bahamas. (PM) More»

    • The Department’s Middle East Partnership Initiative provided more than $202,000 to bring undergraduate students from the Middle East and North Africa to Roger Williams University for the Student Leaders Program, which aims to develop leadership skills and expand understanding of U.S. civil society and democratic processes that the students can apply in their home countries. (NEA/MEPIMore»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) awarded the Rhode Island Department of Corrections more than $40,000 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 the Bahamas. (INL) More»

    • The New York Regional Office of the Office of Foreign Missions serves Rhode Island 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)

  • Travel and Security

    • 43,671 passports were issued to Rhode Island residents. (CA) More»

    • The Department receives passport applications through 21 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities in Rhode Island. (CA) More»

    • The Department facilitated 17 overseas adoptions for Rhode Island 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»

    • Rhode Island 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 Boston Field Office serves Rhode Island: 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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