California

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

Diplomatic
Fast Fact

California is ranked #1 in the U.S. for the number of international students in its colleges and universities. More»

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 to learn how the work of the Department benefits this state’s residents.

  • Jobs and Diplomacy

  • The U.S. Department of State awarded $105,000 to Leidos Corporation in San Diego in support of research developing new technologies that advance arms control, non-proliferation, and disarmament through the Verification Fund. (AVC) More»
  • California hosted 35,131 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program in 2016. (ECA) More»
  • The Department helped facilitate Thai investment in 2013 in Overhill Farms owned by Bellisio/CP Foods with an estimated impact of $100 million. (EAP) More»
  • In June 2017, Irvine Scientific, a member of Japan’s JXTG Group, announced the expansion of its Irvine offices and laboratories to meet demand for its cell culture and media reagents. (EAP) More»
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory received $312,700 from the Department of State to invest in 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 peaceful nuclear research and development projects on technical safeguards. (ISN/MNSA) More»
  • The U.S. Department of State invested $9,099 toward a career event in Palm Desert, California to recruit Americans for International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) jobs. (ISN-MNSA) More»
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory received $312,700 from the Department of State to invest in 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 peaceful nuclear research and development projects on technical safeguards. (ISN/MNSA) More»
  • The U.S. Department of State invested $9,099 toward a career event in Palm Desert, California to recruit Americans for International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) jobs. (ISN-MNSA) More»
  • The Department of State, in partnership with agencies across the federal government, creates jobs for American workers by opening markets and eliminating trade barriers overseas and by attracting foreign direct investment to the United States. Goods exports of $171.9 billion (2017) support approximately 683,772 Californian jobs (2016). Foreign direct investment into California supports an additional 715,800 jobs (2015). (EB) More»
  • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in California. (HR)
  • Following advocacy by AIT Taipei, a San Diego-based company won a $30 million contract to provide defense training.
  • Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Dorothy Ngutter, Northwest and Heather Joy Thompson, Southern): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers or Specialists located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»
  • Fulbright Scholarship Awards: 164 Scholars, Students and Teachers in California (ECA) More»
  • 156,879 international higher education students studied abroad in California in academic year 2016-17. (ECA) More»
  • 1,669 exchange visitors from overseas visited California, and 1,273 California residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs in 2015. (ECA) More»
  • Diplomats-in-Residence (Melissa Martinez and Lewis Lukens):
  • Stanford University and University of California San Diego are participating schools in the Diplomacy Lab partnership led by the Office of Global Partnerships. Diplomacy Lab is a public-private partnership that enables the State Department to "course-source" research and innovation related to foreign policy challenges by harnessing the efforts of students and faculty experts at universities across the country. More». (S/GP)
  • University of San Diego's Justice in Mexico program, supported by the INL Bureau, coordinates the Oral Adversarial Skill-Building Immersion Seminars (OASIS) that provide skill building and exchange opportunities to foster ties between U.S. and Mexican faculty and legal experts working to improve the functioning of the Mexican criminal justice system. 757 participants were trained in FY2017. (INL) More»
  • The U.S. Mission in Brazil funded the UC Berkeley I Corps Brazil program, which consisted of two pilot programs to teach a scalable entrepreneurial teaching methodology called Lean Launchpad, developed by the Haas School of Business, and executed in partnership with the Santa Catarina State University and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Approximately 120 participants (students, alumni, observers, representatives from local more than 20 companies who supported the program and university faculty) registered to participate in each pilot program. The program strengthened ties between the United States and current and future entrepreneurs of Brazil. (WHA) More»
  • In collaboration with ANUIES, Mexican Fulbright alumni at ITAM (Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México), and Stanford’s Center for Latin American Studies, Mission Mexico has sponsored since 2015 a two-week summer course focused on Biodiversity, Security, and Governance in Latin America. This unique initiative brings together contrasting profiles of Mexican students from indigenous communities enrolled at different universities and from students at ITAM one of Mexico’s top private institutions, whose graduates include leaders in government, academia, and the private sector. This mix of students would otherwise not have the opportunity to discuss topics of mutual interest from their very different perspectives, much less build ties with counterparts in the United States. (WHA) More»
  • The U.S. Fulbright Commission and the Argentine Ministry of Education awarded scholarships to 400 Argentine school administrators and educators to travel to the United States to participate in three-week teacher-training programs at eight U.S. universities. Programs were designed to improve primary and secondary education programs. Two-hundred educators participated in a training program at the University of California at Los Angeles and 25 at San Francisco State University. (WHA) More»
  • In 2015, U.S. Embassy Buenos Aires, along with the binational U.S.-Argentina Fulbright Commission, launched the Friends of Fulbright Undergraduate Student Exchange Program. This Public-Private Partnership sent 50 undergraduate students to study in the United States for six weeks in 2016. Another 145 students traveled in 2017, and there were 289 students in the 2018 cohort. Twenty students in the 2017-2018 cohort studied at the University of California at Davis. (WHA) More»
  • California State University in Fullerton partnered with Universidade Estadual Paulista- Campus de Sorocaba in Brazil to promote experiential, STEM-focused international mobility program to provide both U.S and Brazilian engineering students with high-impact learning opportunities. These exchanges form part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, the dynamic public/private sector collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, Embassies, NGOs, companies, and foundations that inspires U.S. universities and colleges in the United States to team up with higher education institutions in the rest of the Western Hemisphere region. (WHA) More»
  • The 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant winning partnership between Southwestern Community College District and Universidad Tecnológico de Tijuana in Mexico created a border program to allow students greater mobility for study abroad. The program also included an International Logistics focus, allowing participating students from both sides of the border to study the power of binational workforces in the Cali-Baja region. (WHA) More»
  • Pitzer College and Vancouver Island University organized an academic exchange focused on indigenous mentorship and programs. The exchange between the two universities fostered greater opportunities for students from indigenous/first nation communities and promoted the exchange of local resources with their 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant. (WHA) More»
  • GateWay Community College and Universidad de Guanajuato (Mexico) used their 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant to create a two way study abroad program in water to provide a comprehensive student experience for both U.S. and Mexican students, to include classroom instruction, hands-on lab activities, local water source excursions, industry presentations/tours, networking receptions, contextualized language instruction, and cultural events. (WHA) More»
  • Through a 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant, California State University San Marcos and Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (Peru) are partnering to enhance the academic experience of students in the United States and Peru through joint research on wildlife biology and public outreach surrounding jaguar and wild cat conservation. Students will learn about the science, sociology, and data surrounding species conservation while developing their language and design skills in an immersive experience that will start in the classroom and lead to the jungle. The reoccurring program aims to increase the number of STEM students studying abroad while improving outcomes for students underrepresented in STEM disciplines. Program participants will present their findings and experiences with the goal of improving coexistence between humans and threatened animals, and to influence future generations of STEM students. (WHA) More»
  • Instituto Tecnológico de Tijuana (Mexico) with University of California, San Diego, created a program to promote and sustain student mobility through research collaboration within the field of aeronautic engineering with assistance from the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant. Upon completion of the program, students will earn a certificate for their research internship and present their findings at a professional summit. (WHA) More»
  • The U.S. Fulbright Commission and the Peruvian Ministry of Education has awarded scholarships to 30 Peruvians to travel to the United States to participate in different programs at 24 U.S. universities. An economics graduate student is completing a two-year program at the University of California in Berkeley and a biology graduate student is completing a two-year program at California State University. (WHA) More»
  • Instituto Tecnológico de Mexicali (Mexico) with San Diego State University, Imperial Valley Campus (US), with the assistance of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant, are creating a bilateral exchange program in the area of renewable energy. This program provides students from both the U.S. and Mexico the foundation to become the next generation of clean energy engineers. Students visit alternative energy plants, and expand their scope of work to include renewable energy training on the local, national and international level with Mexican institutions. (WHA) More»
  • The INL Bureau supports an effort by the California Western School of Law, through the use of a national mock trial competition, to train Mexican law students to be better oral advocates in the courtroom. They also help Mexican educational institutions to replicate moot court competitions and improve other areas of their core educational and continuing legal education programs. 360 participants were trained in FY2017. (INL) More»
  • Through the INL Bureau-supported Afghanistan Legal Education Program, 13 Stanford law students draft and publish Afghan legal textbooks for use at the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) Law Department. In addition, Stanford University Law School continues to implement and improve the undergraduate Bachelor of Art and Law degree program at AUAF, which has 63 current enrollees and had eight graduates in 2017. (INL) More»
  • 482 Brazilian students attended several educational institutions in California through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. This program is funded by the Brazilian government and the private sector and sends 101,000 Brazilian university students of 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

  • With State Department funding, through the Department of Justice Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training (DOJ/OPDAT), federal prosecutors from California have been deployed to the Western Balkans and Ethiopia to serve as Resident Legal Advisors responsible for providing specialized training and mentoring on terrorism-related investigations and prosecutions. (CT) More»
  • The Strong Cities Network (SCN) – launched and sustained by the State Department – is a global network of mayors, municipal-level policy makers, and practitioners united in building social cohesion and community resilience to counter violent extremism. Across the world, cities are on the frontline of building resilience to radicalization to violence. Local governments, whether cities, municipalities or towns, are uniquely positioned to safeguard their citizens from community polarization and radicalization through partnerships with local communities. The SCN is made up of over 120 cities worldwide. In the U.S., SCN members include: Atlanta, GA; Aurora, CO; Chattanooga, TN; Denver, CO; Los Angeles, CA; Louisville, KY, Minneapolis, MN; Montgomery County, MD; New York, NY; and San Diego, CA. The mayors of both Anaheim and Chattanooga participated in the SCN Global Meeting in Denmark in May 2017. (CT) More»
  • 97 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in California on one of the Young Leaders initiatives in 2017. (ECA) More»
  • California residents in the Global Ties U.S. network volunteered 39,166 hours of their time in 2017 to host or support International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchange participants who visited the state. (ECA) More»
  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnerships project between UCLA and Peking University promotes clean, efficient and secure energy. (EAP/OES) More»
  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnerships project between Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and Shandong Academy of Sciences equips city officials with training, tools, and methodologies to create aggressive and viable low-carbon development plans. (EAP/OES) More»
  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnerships project between University of Southern California and Bayeco develops and deploys a full range of VOC and NOx technology to reduce air pollution over the next five to 10 years. (EAP/OES) More»
  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnerships project between the Port of Los Angeles and Shanghai Municipal Transportation Commission deploys shore-based power systems to reduce emissions and noise relative to diesel generators. (EAP/OES) More»
  • (Incoming New) The U.S.-China EcoPartnerships project between Capstone Turbine and BROAD Air Conditioning will develop combined cooling-heating power (CCHP) systems to improve energy efficiency in buildings. (EAP/OES) More»
  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnerships project between Environmental Defense Fund and Shenzhen Low Carbon Development Foundation integrates mobile emissions into Shenzhen's landmark emissions trading system. (EAP/OES) More»
  • (Graduated) The U.S.-China EcoPartnerships project between UCLA and Peking University promoted clean, efficient and secure energy. (EAP/OES) More»
  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnership between Round Rock-based IMACC, Ramboll Environ, and the Suzhou State Environmental Protection Hitech Industrial Park provides real-time monitoring of air pollution at key chemical industrial parks. (EAP/OES) More»
  • (Dismissed) The U.S.-China EcoPartnership between San Diego-based Sapphire Energy and China Sinopec developed and deployed algae-based crude oil suitable for making distillates. (EAP/OES) More»
  • U.S. Consulate General Auckland supported and facilitated Auckland-based events and delegations, and provided support via grants, for the Tripartite Economic Alliance between Auckland, Guangzhou (China) and Los Angeles (U.S.A.). Through commercial cooperation it is estimated that local companies secured contracts worth between US$22-30 million. (EAP) More»
  • On January 24, 2017, U.S. Embassy Canberra signed the Wildland Fire Management Resources Agreement between the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Interior, and Emergency Management Australia to help facilitate bilateral resource sharing to combat wildfires. In October 2017, under a separate state-to-state agreement, the State of Victoria sent 33 emergency management staff to help fight wildfires in Northern California. (EAP) More»
  • On October 17, 2017, Acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot and Australian Ambassador to the United States Joe Hockey signed an updated deep space tracking facilities agreement at the Australian Embassy in Washington, DC (EAP) More»
  • The U.S.-Taiwan International Environmental Partnership (IEP) Eco-Campus Project paired 6 elementary schools with sister schools in Taiwan to promote environmental education. (EAP) More»
  • Under the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Speaker Program, Angelina Galiteva, thefounder and director of Renewables 100, engaged audiences in Buenos Aires on renewable energy. As a direct result of the program, the Argentine Minister of Energy and Environment Sebastian Kind invited Galiteva to advise Argentina on how to make their renewable energy auctions more successful. (IIP) More»
  • Under the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Speaker Program, Terry Jones, founder of Kayak.com and Travelocity.com, engaged Qatari entrepreneurs and business leaders on the importance of economic development through entrepreneurship. Through these outreach efforts, Jones forged a strong relationship with the Mannai Corporation, which is interested in making an ital investment of $1,000,000 in two U.S. start-up companies focused on tourism. Jones also put the Qatari Business Incubation Center in direct touch with U.S. incubators in Silicon Valley. (IIP) More»
  • Under the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Speaker Program, Fabiola Vilchez, executive director of Sister Cities Los Angeles, engaged Ethiopian government officials and business leaders on the importance of the bilateral relationship between Addis Ababa and the City of Los Angeles. As a direct result of Vilchez’s trip, representatives from several prominent Ethiopian companies plan to visit the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator in early 2018, and the Mayor of Addis Ababa will travel to Los Angeles in 2018 to discuss bilateral trade and investment opportunities with Vilchez and other city leaders. (IIP) More»
  • Representatives from California State University San Marcos and Everett Community College were introduced to Nagasaki International University last year by Fukuoka American Center's Education USA advisor when they visited Nagasaki. Following the visit, the Nagasaki International University's Professors Board approved an exchange partnership with the two U.S. colleges and as a result Nagasaki International University will start sending students to the United States for short-term and long-term exchanges. (IIP) More»
  • Representatives from California State University San Marcos and Everett Community College were introduced to Nagasaki International University last year by Fukuoka American Center's Education USA advisor when they visited Nagasaki. Following the visit, the Nagasaki International University's Professors Board approved an exchange partnership with the two U.S. colleges and as a result Nagasaki International University will start sending students to the United States for short-term and long-term exchanges. (IIP) More»
  • The American Corner at the University of Azores welcomed a group of students from University of California-Fresno, Jordan College of Agriculture and Technology, as part of the program in Angra do Heroísmo. The program held a Conference on "Agriculture in California" lead by Professor John Cordeiro; both students and professors had the opportunity to discuss and share experiences regarding the agricultural systems in both the United States and in the Azores. (IIP) More»
  • The Fukuoka American Center hosted an EducationUSA seminar with the California State University San Marcos representative, Junko Miyoshi. She discussed four-year colleges in the United States with Japanese high school and college students and spoke about her personal experience studying and living in California. This seminar helps to achieve the Consulate Fukuoka’s goal of increasing the number of Japanese students studying in the United States. (IIP) More»
  • INL has formally partnered with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) since 2016. In 2017, LAPD hosted a study visit for Guatemalan National Civil Police leadership to learn policing strategies in response to gang activity. LAPD also hosted a study visit for senior INL INL has formally partnered with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) since 2016. In 2017, LAPD hosted a study visit for Guatemalan National Civil Police leadership to learn policing strategies in response to gang activity and to learn community outreach strategies in areas impacted by gangs. LAPD also hosted a study visit for senior officials from El Salvador’s national police training academy focused on countering gang violence, community policing, and how to incorporate these aspects into their current policing curriculum. (INL) More»
  • INL has informally partnered with the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office since 2012. In 2017, the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office hosted three legal professionals from Nigeria as a part of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs’ (INL) International Justice Sector Education and Training (IJET) program to discuss the use of mediation and other alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. (INL) More»
  • INL has formally partnered with the San Diego Unified Port District Harbor Police Department since 2015. In 2017, San Diego Harbor Police Department assisted Philippine maritime enforcement agencies through curriculum development for underwater investigations training. (INL) More»
  • INL has formally partnered with California Highway Patrol (CHP) since 2014. (INL) More»
  • In 2017 CHP implemented a multi-phase program for Moroccan National Police in strategic communications, which included assistance with the establishment of a social media presence. (INL)
  • CHP officers conducted an assessment to determine traffic crash investigation capacity in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which will inform future training and the implementation of a traffic crash awareness program. (INL)
  • Through the INL partnership the CHP in 2017 continued training the Patrol Police of Ukraine’s new Highway Patrol Units and hosted Ukrainian officers for a study tour at their academy in Sacramento, California. (INL)
  • In FY2017, California-based companies received approval to export $8,732,199,941 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (PM) More»
  • California-based companies were approved to provide approximately $171 million in defense equipment and services to U.S. partners under the Foreign Military Sales program, which is overseen by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. (PM) More»
  • Roots of Peace is a nonprofit organization headquartered in San Rafael, California, dedicated to restoring economic livelihood opportunities in post-conflict regions. Roots of Peace received funding from the Political-Military Affairs Bureau’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) in FY2016. Roots of Peace has helped remove over one million landmines and items of unexploded ordnance worldwide and planted more than five million trees to give farmers access to land that was previously deemed too dangerous to develop. (PM) More»
  • Golden West Humanitarian Foundation (GWHF), headquartered in Woodland Hills, California, is dedicated to the development of innovative, appropriate technologies to overcome the operational limitations encountered by the humanitarian mine action community. GWHF received funding from the Political-Military Affairs Bureau’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) in FY18. GWHF conducts surveys and assessments, and develops mine risk education materials, as well as landmine and unexploded ordnance disposal technologies. (PM) More»
  • The Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Office of State-Defense Integration has one Foreign Policy Advisor (POLAD) position assigned to U.S. Naval Special Warfare (NAVSPECWARCOM) based out of Coronado. POLADs are U.S. diplomats that serve typically two-year tours at U.S. military commands and provide foreign policy advice to senior military leadership. (PM) More»
  • The Department of State's International Military Education and Training (IMET) program funds the training of international military students at various locations in California, such as at the U.S. Coast Guard Center in Petaluma; the International Defense Acquisition Resource Management Program, Naval Postgraduate School, and Defense Resources Management Institute in Monterey; and the Naval Special Warfare Center in San Diego. These programs provide foreign students exposure to the culture and history of the United States and the State of California while also supporting the local economy. (PM) More»
  • The Department of State facilitates the California National Guard State Partnership Program with Ukraine founded in 1993. (PM) More»
  • The Department of State facilitates the California National Guard State Partnership Program with Nigeria founded in 2006. (PM) More»
  • Golden West Humanitarian Foundation (GWHF), headquartered in Woodland Hills, California, is dedicated to the development of innovative, appropriate technologies to overcome the operational limitations encountered by the humanitarian mine action community. GWHF received funding from the Political-Military Affairs Bureau’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) in FY 2014. GWHF conducts surveys and assessments, and develops mine risk education materials, as well as landmine and unexploded ordnance disposal technologies. (PM) More»
  • The Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Office of the Foreign Policy Advisor program has one Foreign Policy Advisor (POLAD) position assigned to U.S. Naval Special Warfare (NAVSPECWARCOM) based out of Coronado. POLADs are U.S. diplomats that serve typically two year tours at U.S. military commands and provide foreign policy advice to senior military leadership. (PM) More»
  • The Department of State facilitates the California National Guard State Partnership Program with Ukraine founded in 1993 and Nigeria founded in 2006. (PM)
  • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2017: 5,160. The Department works with nine domestic non-governmental organizations, which place refugees with more than 325 affiliates in roughly 190 communities around the country. These local affiliates work closely with community partners, congregations, volunteers, and state and local officials to provide a successful start for refugees rebuilding their lives. Refugee communities have historically enhanced the economic dynamism and cultural vitality of our nation. Refugees contribute to the United States in numerous ways, including by starting businesses and joining the U.S. military. This program helps the world’s most vulnerable refugees find permanent homes, and it demonstrates the immense generosity of the American people. (PRM) More»
  • WiSci is a public-private partnership that brings together a diverse group of female high school students from around the world for a STEAM education camp with the goal of closing the gender gap through access to education, mentorship opportunities, and leadership training. Both headquartered in California, Intel Corporation and Google are WiSci (Women in Science) (S/GP) More»
  • The University of California San Diego (UCSD) is a participating school in the Diplomacy Lab partnership led by the Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships. Diplomacy Lab is a public-private partnership that enables the State Department to "course-source" research and innovation related to foreign policy challenges by harnessing the efforts of students and faculty experts at universities across the country. (S/GP) More»
  • California hosted 9 faculty from universities in Pakistan and Afghanistan on a university partnership program administered by the State Department. The scholars were in residence on campuses up to a month taking courses, teaching seminars, drafting curriculum, and doing research. 6 American faculty completed the exchange by offering courses, seminars and mentoring in the partner institution abroad. The university partnership program supports the internationalization efforts of American universities and advances American influence, directly supporting the United States’ South Asia strategy. (SCA) More»
  • The U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons partnered with Made in a Free World, a California-based nongovernmental organization, to develop and maintain Slavery Footprint, an online tool and mobile application that measures an individual’s slavery “footprint”. Made in a Free World also partnered with the TIP Office and other NGOs to develop ResponsibleSourcingTool.org, an online platform to help federal contractors, procurement officials, and other companies understand the risks of human trafficking in global supply chains. (J/TIP) More»
  • The U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons awarded grants to the following organizations in California to combat human trafficking:
    • $750,000 was awarded to The Asia Foundation to develop and provide trainings on victim-centered investigations in Mongolia. (J/TIP) More»
    • $700,000 was awarded to The Asia Foundation to build an effective human trafficking data and information collection and reporting system in Sri Lanka. (J/TIP) More»
  • Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2017: 2, 837,901. (CA) More»
  • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 534. (CA) More»
  • The Los Angeles Passport Agency, the San Francisco Passport Agency, and the San Diego Passport Agency employ 109 government and 67 contract staff. (CA)
  • In Fiscal Year 2016, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 390 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from California. Intercountry adoption is one CA's highest priorities. CA's Office of Children’s Issues plays an active role in the intercountry adoption process and works diligently to establish and maintain intercountry adoption as a viable option throughout the world. (CA) More»
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Redwood National and State Parks, Yosemite National Park. (IO)
  • The Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) is the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of State and maintains two of eight domestic field offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, California. Regional responsibility includes protecting the integrity of U.S. travel documents by investigating passport and visa fraud, serving on federal and state law enforcement task forces, combatting terrorism and human trafficking, as well as protecting the Secretary of State and other domestic and foreign dignitaries. (DSS) More»