District of Columbia

Date: 11/05/2013 Description: District of Columbia seal © Public Domain
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Madeleine Albright of the District of Columbia was the first female Secretary of State. 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 residents of the District of Columbia.

  • Jobs and Diplomacy

  • The District of Columbia is home to the United Nations Foundation, the World Bank, and the IMF. (IO) More»
  • Washington, DC hosted 11,658 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program in 2016. (ECA) More»
  • In FY17, District of Columbia-based companies received approval to export $203,645,265 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (PM) More»
  • U.S. 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/CTR) More»
  • The U.S. Department of State invested $3,738 toward career events in Washington, D.C. to recruit Americans for International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) jobs. (ISN-MNSA) More»
  • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in the District of Columbia. (HR)
  • Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Tracy Harding): 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»
  • 42 Scholars, Students and Teachers from District of Columbia were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 100 international students received a Fulbright to study in District of Columbia in academic year 2017-18. (ECA) More»
  • 12,204 international higher education students studied abroad in Washington, DC in academic year 2016-17. (ECA) More»
  • 3,033 exchange visitors from overseas visited District of Columbia, and 1,448 District of Columbia residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs in 2015. (ECA) More»
  • The Department of State's International Military Education and Training (IMET) program funds the training of international military students at various locations in the Washington, D.C. area, including the National Defense University, National War College, and Eisenhower School at Fort McNair, as well as the Inter-American Defense College. These training programs provide foreign students exposure to culture and history of the U.S. and the District of Columbia while also supporting the local economy. (PM) More»
  • American University, Washington College of Law, Program on International and Comparative Environmental Law met with Thai prosecutors to discuss investigation and prosecution of wildlife trafficking cases. (INL) More»
  • 128 Brazilian students attended several educational institutions in DC 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»
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs awarded a grant to the American Association for the Advancement of Science for the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) program. GIST strengthens innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems through access to networking, skills development, and financing for youth in 135 emerging economies. (OES/STC) More»
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs awarded a grant to the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) for the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) program. GIST strengthens innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems through access to networking, skills development, and financing for youth in 135 emerging economies. (OES/STC) More»
  • Through an award to the National Academy of Sciences, the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs supports Jefferson Science Fellows. The Fellows work on challenging diplomatic initiatives and contribute their academic expertise in science and medicine. (OES)
  • Partnerships

  • Georgetown University is a participating school 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. (S/GP) More»
  • USAID’s (headquartered in District of Columbia) Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation program and EthioChicken were recognized for their partnership “Partnering for Poultry.” The partnership was one of five finalists for the 4th annual P3 Impact Award. The P3 Impact Award was presented at the Concordia Summit in September 2017 by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Partnerships, the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business Institute for Business in Society, and Concordia. The award recognizes public-private partnerships (P3s) that are changing our world in the most impactful ways. (S/GP) More»
  • Girl Up Campaign, NASA, and World Learning are WiSci (Women in Science) partners. 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. (S/GP) More»
  • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2017: 2. 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»
  • The HALO Trust (HALO) is an American and British nonprofit charity specializing in the removal of landmines and unexploded ordnance from post-conflict zones which has its U.S. office in Washington, DC. HALO received funding from the Political-Military Affairs Bureau’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) in FY18. HALO has spent the last 26 years clearing the debris of war and helping millions of families return home. (PM) More»
  • Information Management & Mine Action Programs (iMMAP), an international non-profit nongovernmental organization that provides targeted information management support to partners responding to complex humanitarian and development challenges, has two headquarters: one in Washington, DC and another in Lyon, France. iMMAP received funding from the Political-Military Affairs Bureau’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) in FY 2017. (PM) More»
  • The International Center is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization that focuses on issues between the United States and the developing world. The International Center received funding from the Political-Military Affairs Bureau’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) in FY18. The Center’s Vietnamese Veterans of American Foundation program, active in Vietnam since 1994, addresses the consequences of war through its landmine/unexploded ordinance impact survey, and by strengthening the national capacity of Vietnamese mine action agencies. (PM) More»
  • MAG (Mines Advisory Group), in association with its partner MAG America based in Washington, DC, works to clear landmines and unexploded ordinance in countries affected by conflict and insecurity. MAG received funding from the Political-Military Affairs Bureau’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) in FY18. MAG has worked on a variety of projects in over 35 countries around the world, supporting millions of men, women, and children as they rebuild their lives, families, and communities. (PM) More»
  • Under the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Speaker Program, Samira Cook Gaines, founding director of Global Empowerment Solutions (GES), engaged audiences in Montenegro and Cyprus on starting and growing small businesses for women, and economic empowerment. Results of these trips have directly led to new partnerships for GES in Montenegro and Cyprus, increased business development with Cypriot incubators, and an expanded global reach for GES economic development in Washington D.C. (IIP) More»
  • U.S. Embassy Singapore issued a $250,000 grant to the Washington, D.C.-based Asia Foundation to oversee the planning and conduct of the U.S.-ASEAN Conference on Legal Issues of Regional Importance, held in Singapore May 8-9. The conference brought together 70 experts from across ASEAN and beyond to discuss legal issues critical to the future of ASEAN. (EAP) More»
  • U.S.-Taiwan International Environmental Partnership (IEP) Eco-Campus Project paired 1 elementary school with sister schools in Taiwan to promote environmental education. (EAP) More»
  • 43 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in the District of Columbia on one of the Young Leaders initiatives in 2017. (ECA) More»
  • The INL Bureau partners with Global Ties in Washington, D.C. to provide police academy, community police, internal affairs, and driving study tours to strengthen the capacity of police professionals. In FY2017, through the INL-supported Global Ties program 56 Mexican Police Academy Directors visited the Texas Commission of Law Enforcement and San Antonio Police Department; 15 Mexican community police officers visited Jacksonville, FL, Little Rock, AK, and Summit, WA police departments; 13 Mexican police officers visited internal affairs units in Salt Lake City, UT, Louisville, KY, and Summit, WA; and 15 police officers visited data driven policing units in Buffalo, NY, Indianapolis, IN, and Summit, WA. (INL) More»
  • In an INL Bureau-supported program, the American Bar Association - Rule of Law Initiative (ABA-ROLI) develops oral advocacy and mediation skills in Mexican Law Students, as well as skills for law professors for teaching and learning in an accusatorial criminal justice system. 1,408 participants were trained in FY2017. (INL) More»
  • The World Justice Project produces a series of reports and other communication materials that evaluate the changes in crime investigation, prosecution services, and trial procedures under the accusatorial criminal justice system in order to assess the impact of the reforms and to identify areas that need to be incorporated as new policy-making targets. In FY2017, in an INL-supported program, the Project created a database with reliable information on Mexico’s national inmate survey, implementation dates of the accusatorial criminal justice system, an academic publication and engaged the public on these topics. (INL) More»
  • INL has informally partnered with the District of Columbia Federal Judicial Center since 2012. In 2017, the District of Columbia Federal Judicial Center hosted several foreign groups from INL’s International Justice Sector Education and Training (IJET) Program to discuss topics including mediation, juvenile justice, and the adversarial trial system. (INL) More»
  • INL has informally partnered with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia since 2014. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia hosted several groups from INL’s International Justice Sector Education and Training (IJET) Program in 2017 to discuss important justice sector topics including financial crimes investigations and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. (INL) More»
  • In 2017, INL informally partnered with the District of Columbia’s Superior Court, Pretrial Services Agency, and Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency to support a workshop addressing best practices in implementing alternatives to incarceration in Uruguay. (INL)
  • In 2017, INL informally partnered with the District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General for a study visit by Tunisian corrections officials. (INL) More»
  • INL has formally partnered with the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) since 2014. In 2017, NAAG facilitated numerous activities through their network of Attorneys General offices, and their training and research arm conducted an assessment of Honduran prosecutorial capacity in order to inform later training. (INL) More»
  • The U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons awarded grants to the following organizations in the District of Columbia to combat human trafficking:
  • $850,000 was awarded to International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) to provide a flexible, rapid-response assistance mechanism to facilitate developing comprehensive anti-trafficking legislation across Sub-Saharan Africa. (J/TIP) More»
  • $2,550,000 was awarded to Free the Slaves to combat child sex trafficking and forced child labor at the local level in the Volta and Central regions in Ghana. (J/TIP) More»
  • $750,000 was awarded to Free the Slaves to combat forced labor in the form of debt bondage in India. (J/TIP) More»
  • $750,000 was awarded to Relief International to combat human trafficking in Bangladesh through the promotion of safe migration and protection. (J/TIP) More»
  • $500,000 was awarded to the Nexus Institute to produce a global study of best practices in TIP data collection that can serve as a practical resource and reference for J/TIP and the broader anti-trafficking community in and out of the government to significantly improve future data collection and analysis worldwide. (J/TIP) More»
  • $750,000 was awarded to International Association of Women Judges to address the lack of awareness of member of the Haitian judiciary and other appropriate stakeholders on the substance and application of the new Trafficking in Persons saw of 2014 in Haiti. (J/TIP) More»
  • $500,000 was awarded to C4ADS to strengthen real-time data collection on human trafficking networks in the Indonesia fishing sector and conduct investigations of traffickers using Palantir data management software. (J/TIP) More»
  • $500,000 was awarded to Solidarity Center to combat labor trafficking through awareness raising and enhancing victim protection in Bangladesh. (J/TIP) More»
  • $489,000 was awarded to the Warnath Group to provide tailored training and technical assistance to combat human trafficking globally. (J/TIP) More»
  • The Department of State facilitates the District of Columbia National Guard State Partnership Program with Jamaica founded in 1999. (PM) More»
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) collaborates with the Washington D.C.-based National Association of State Foresters (NASF), a non-profit organization composed of the directors of forestry agencies managing and protecting state and private forests in U.S. states, territories, and the District of Columbia. Through collaboration by OES and other federal agencies, NASF created the website TimberAssurance.org, an open-access clearinghouse for national and state regulation that affect the management of U.S. forests, to demonstrate the low-risk of illegality in U.S. forest-based products. Designed as a resource for U.S. trading partners, governments, corporations, and other interested stakeholders, this initiative aims to facilitate increased market access for U.S. forest products abroad. (OES/ECW)
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES), through partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Agency for International Development, supports the Washington D.C.-based NGO World Resources Institute (WRI)’s Forest Legality Initiative on a suite of efforts to combat illegal logging and associated trade including to U.S. markets – contributing to U.S. economic and security objectives - and to support the sustainable management of forest resources. (OES/ECW)
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) advances U.S. agricultural interests and promotes American leadership and economic prosperity through our participation in the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. The Commission addresses the conservation and sustainable use of genetic resources for food and agriculture, the essential input for breeding to improve crop and livestock resilience and productivity. U.S. farms are among the most productive in the world. In 2015 alone, U.S. farms directly contributed $136.7 billion to the economy, accounting for 0.76% of gross domestic product, and 2.6 million jobs. (OES/ECW)
  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnership between the Washington, D.C.-based International City/County Management Association (ICMA) China Center and the China University of Political Science and Law focuses on alleviating some of the most pressing challenges of climate change. (EAP/OES) More»
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs partners with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in supporting science and entrepreneurship capacity building in Egypt. (OES)
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs has extended awards to the Washington, D.C.-based Meridian International Center in support of the U.S. Science Envoy Program, which facilitates science and technology cooperation in various regions. (OES/STC)
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs has extended awards to the Washington, D.C.-based World Environment Center to support its Pathways to Cleaner Production initiative, which assists micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises in cleaner production and more efficient usage of energy, water, and raw materials. (OES) More»
  • The U.S. Department of State’s first Zoohackathon occurred on October 7-9, 2016 at three major zoos in the United States, including the National Zoo. Zoohackathon, organized by the Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, is a public-private partnership that brings together the United States government with the private sector and civil society. The event calls on coders, designers, and science enthusiasts from all around the world to come together over a weekend to create new applications and tools to address issues on the demand side of wildlife trafficking. (OES) More»
  • Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2017: 196,849. (CA) More»
  • The Washington Passport Agency and Special Issuance Agency employ 108 government and 120 contract staff. (CA) More»
  • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 43. (CA) More»
  • In Fiscal Year 2016, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 13 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from the District of Columbia. 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»
  • The Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) is the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of State and maintains one of eight domestic field offices in Dunn Loring, Virginia that covers in its area of responsibility Washington, DC. 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»