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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

  • 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 130,000 Rhode Island jobs with customers in 159 countries 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), saving the average Rhode Island family of four more than $10,000 per year due to trade and investment liberalization policies. (EB) More»

    • Rhode Island hosted 1,684 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based international exchange visitor programs. (ECA) More»

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

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs 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; in this case, the grant is helping offer assistance to partners in the Bahamas. (INL) More»

  • Education

    • 29 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Rhode Island were awarded Fulbright Scholarships. (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Amb. Mary Beth Leonard): 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»

    • Academic partnership in electrical engineering 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»

    • 66 exchange visitors from overseas visited Rhode Island and 45 Rhode Island residents travelled overseas as part of Department of State ECA-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

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

    • Johnson and Wales University attended 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 that completed nearly 55,000 visits to the virtual university booths. The following school 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»

    • Refugee Arrivals: 171. 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 Department facilitates the Rhode Island National Guard State Partnership Program with the Bahamas founded in 2005. (PM) More»

    • The 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 Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs 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; in this case, the grant is helping offer assistance to partners in the Bahamas. (INL) More»

    • $750,000 was awarded to Plan International USA in Rhode Island to build the capacity of trafficking-affected communities and local governments in Senegal to prevent and respond to trafficking of children. (J/TIP) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued: 43,671 (CA) More»

    • 21 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities (CA) More»

    • Number of overseas adoptions for Rhode Island families in 2012: 17. 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 Boston Field Office serves Rhode Island: 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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