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

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Fast Facts

Thomas Jefferson of Virginia was the first Secretary of State; Edmund Jennings Randolph of Virginia was the second.

Prior to his tenure as Supreme Court Chief Justice, John Marshall of Virginia was the fourth Secretary of State. More»

Colin Powell, a Virginia resident, was the first African-American to serve as Secretary of State. 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.

Virginia

  • Jobs and Diplomacy

    • The Department of State, in partnership with other federal agencies, advances U.S. trade policy objectives by opening new markets for American businesses and workers. Virginia exported $17.9 billion in merchandise to all over the world. 7,626 Virginia companies exported, 86% of those companies being small-medium enterprises. Those exports supported 93,189 Virginia jobs. (EB) More»

    • Virginia hosted 9,490 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based international exchange visitor programs. (ECA) More»

    • The Department of State’s humanitarian program Operation Provide Hope in partnership with Virginia-based Counterpart International provided donated assistance in the form of medicine, medical supplies and equipment, and other relief items to vulnerable populations in the countries of the former Soviet Union. (EUR: Click here for more information on Counterpart International). More»

    • The Department of State’s humanitarian program Operation Provide Hope in partnership with Virginia-based Project HOPE provided donated assistance in the form of medicine, medical supplies and equipment, and other relief items to vulnerable populations in the countries of the former Soviet Union. (EUR) More»

    • The Department of State’s humanitarian program Operation Provide Hope in partnership with Virginia-based International Relief and Development provided donated assistance in the form of medicine, medical supplies and equipment, and other relief items to vulnerable populations in the countries of the former Soviet Union. (EUR) More»

    • Virginia-based Aurora Flight Sciences Corp. has been awarded a contract with the Swiss Department of Defense. (EUR) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs contributed more than $20 million to the Virginia 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 the following countries: Brazil and Mexico. (WHA) More»

    • George Mason University and the Autonomous University of Nuevo León (UANL) established the first International Sister Center partnership under the Small Business Network of the Americas (SBNA). As Sister Centers, George Mason and UANL will cooperate on soft landing programs for small businesses looking to establish a presence in the vicinity of Monterrey, Mexico or in Virginia. (WHA) More»

    • SAIC received $131,490 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»

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

  • Education

    • 99 Scholars and Students from Virginia were awarded Fulbright Scholarships (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Terry Davidson – Northern VA, Rich Jaworski - VA): 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»

    • Bluefield State College hosted a Foreign Language Teaching Assistant from Nairobi. The FLTA Program aims to strengthen foreign language instruction at U.S. educational institutions by establishing a native speaker presence in the classroom. (AF) More»

    • Academic partnerships between the University of Virginia (general studies, geography) and the University of Johannesburg in South Africa, and between Virginia Polytechnic Institute (natural and agricultural sciences) and the University of Johannesburg 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»

    • 612 exchange visitors from overseas visited Virginia and 316 Virginia residents travelled overseas as part of Department of State ECA-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

    • The Office of Global Food Security has partnered with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University as part of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab program, which offers U.S. universities and research institutions to tackle global agriculture and food security challenges. (S/GFS) More»

    • The Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and the Indian Institute of Technology, Kampur, India, received a $250,000 award from The Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative to develop an international program for sustainable infrastructure development. (SCA) More»

    • George Mason University received a $1 million grant to establish a university partnership in public administration in Pakistan for three years. (SCA) More»

    • 32 Brazilian students studied at several educational institutions in Virginia 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»

  • Partnerships

    • The Office of Global Food Security entered a public-private partnership with several major companies as part of the Feed the Future program, including Mars. (S/GFS) More»

    • Virginia hosted 446 students from allied and friendly nations for International Military Education and Training. (PM) More»

    • Refugee Arrivals: 1,472. 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 National Center for State Courts, a non-profit Virginia-based organization, $4.5 million to offer strategic planning assistance to the Iraqi judicial sector. (INL) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs awarded the Fairfax County Police Department $520,000 as part of INL’s police training program through the International Association of Chiefs of Police. (INL) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) awarded the International Association of Chiefs of Police, a non-profit Virginia organization, nearly $1.5 million as part of the International Police Education and Training program, which helps senior leadership development, police theory and strategy. (INL) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs continues to partner with the Richmond Police Department for police training and programs with foreign police partners. (INL) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) partnered with the Police Foundation on a Mobile Training Team project and brought 20 Liberia National Police officers to Virginia for three weeks of specialized training in January and February 2013. (INL) More»

    • The Department of State facilitates the Virginia National Guard State Partnership Program with Tajikistan founded in 2003. (PM) More»

    • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs awarded CRDF Global $1.3 million to help build networking opportunities for young science and technology entrepreneurs. (OES) More»

    • The Washington Foreign Press Center hosted more than 100 journalists on tours to Dulles, Arlington, Fairfax, and Falls Church to learn about Dulles International AirportSuper Tuesdayurban search and rescue, and World Refugee Day. (PA)

    • U.S. Department of State and Virginia based Rosetta Stone, partnered for a 90-day pilot program, to offer English language learning in 12 countries. Through this partnership, Rosetta Stone received in-kind promotion and marketing of their programs in target markets at U.S. Department of State American Spaces. (IIP) More»

    • World Hope International in Virginia was awarded the following grants to combat human trafficking: More»

      • $500,000 was awarded to establish and institutionalize a national referral mechanism, provide short-term shelter and comprehensive services for victims of human trafficking, and develop a national anti-trafficking hotline in Liberia. (J/TIP)

      • $500,000 was awarded to provide comprehensive aftercare services to victims of human trafficking in Sierra Leone. (J/TIP)

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued: 333,781 (CA) More»

    • 184 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities (CA) More»

    • Number of overseas adoptions for Virginia families in 2012: 327. 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 D.C. Field Office serves Virginia: 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 – Resident Office: Dunn Loring Investigative Field OfficeMore»

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