Florida

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

Diplomatic
Fast Fact

Learn about the Department’s role in the acquisition of Florida: Treaty of Adams-Onis (1819) and Transcontinental Treaty. 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

  • Florida hosted 15,123 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, Florida-based companies received approval to export $2,227,059,118 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (PM) More»
  • Florida-based companies were approved to provide approximately $780 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»
  • Three partnership plans were created under the Florida-based Small Business Network of the Americas International Sister Center Program with Canada, Costa Rica, and Jamaica. (WHA) More»
  • The INL Bureau Air Wing’s program support office contractor in FY17 was B3 Solutions, LLC, with operations based in Melbourne, FL. Through this contract, 25 personnel are employed. (INL) More»
  • Global IT support for the INL Bureau Air Wing’s in FY17 was provided by T-Symmetry, with operations based in Melbourne, FL, employing 44 personnel. (INL) More»
  • DynCorp International was the contractor in FY17 for the INL Bureau Air Wing’s worldwide headquarters operations, based in Melbourne, FL, employing 233 personnel. (INL) More»
  • Natural Sins, a company founded by partners from Florida and Costa Rica, won the grand prize in the La Idea Business Competition. Diseclar, Efficient Systems, and Partnetting, founded by partners from Florida and Colombia, were among sixteen finalists in the La Idea Business Competition. La Idea is a component of the Small Business Network of the Americas that connects Latin America diaspora in the U.S. with entrepreneurs throughout Latin America to help them cultivate and grow their businesses. (WHA) 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 $55 billion (2017) support approximately 232,253 Floridian jobs (2016). Foreign direct investment into Florida supports an additional 327,200 jobs (2015). (EB) More»
  • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in Florida (HR).
  • Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Amy Radetsky - Northern Florida, and Monique Quesada - Southern Florida): 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»
  • 34 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Florida were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 136 international students received a Fulbright to study in Florida in academic year 2017-18. (ECA) More»
  • 45,718 international higher education students studied abroad in Florida in academic year 2016-17. (ECA) More»
  • 785 exchange visitors from overseas visited Florida, and 380 Florida residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs in 2015. (ECA) More»
  • Florida International 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»
  • The Department of State's International Military Education and Training (IMET) program funds the education and training of international military students at various locations across the State of Florida, such as at the Joint Special Operations University at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, the International Air Weapons Controller Course at Tyndall Air Force Base, the Naval School of Explosive Ordinance Disposal at Eglin AFB, the NETSAFA International Training Center in Pensacola, and the Navy Diving and Salvage Training Center in Panama City. These training programs provide foreign students exposure to the culture and history of the U.S. and the State of Florida while also supporting the local economy. (PM) More»
  • Two high school students from Florida participated in the first-ever WiSci Girls STEAM Camp in Gashora, Rwanda, which brought 30 American and 90 African girls together for a three week curriculum in computer science, robotics, leadership, and social enterprise during summer 2015. Part of the Let Girls Learn Initiative, the goal of WiSci is to empower young women with the knowledge and skillsets to be competitive with their male counterparts during a time of rapid, technological development, providing them with access to high-tech resources, like-minded peers, impactful business connections and inspiring mentors. (S/GP) More»
  • 44 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Florida on one of the Young Leaders initiatives in 2017. (ECA) More»
  • Florida residents in the Global Ties U.S. network volunteered 32,356 hours of their time in 2017 to host or support International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchange participants who visited the state. (ECA) More»
  • Miami Dade College and SENA Centro de Comercio y Turismo in Colombia developed an educational exchange program to focus on innovation and trends in culinary hospitality for students from Miami, Florida and Armenia, Colombia. These exchanges were 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»
  • Through a 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant, the University of Central Florida (UCF) and Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería (Peru) have teamed up to bring research opportunities to STEM students from low-income backgrounds in Peru and the United States. This partnership provides students from both participating universities the opportunity to pursue research at laboratories internationally in projects not available at their home institutions, such as chemical sensors, renewable energy sources, and environmental science. The universities commit to breaking barriers caused by language and lack of economic resources and will introduce a long-term program as a pathway between universities in Peru and the United States, enabling underrepresented students to develop skills in research, language, and cultural and scientific competencies. More»
  • The U.S. Fulbright Commission and the Peruvian Ministry of Education awarded scholarships to 30 Peruvians to travel to the United States to participate in different programs at 24 U.S. universities. Three Fulbright graduate students are completing five-year programs studying biology and ecology at the University of Florida. (WHA) More»
  • Partnerships

  • The New York Foreign Press Center hosted a press briefing for the President and CEO of The Orlando Economic Partnership to discuss economic development and trade in the Orlando region with foreign correspondents. (September, 2017) (PA/FPC) More»
  • U.S.-Taiwan International Environmental Partnership (IEP) Eco-Campus Project paired 12 elementary schools with sister schools in Taiwan to promote environmental education. (EAP) More»
  • The New York Foreign Press Center hosted a press briefing for the President and CEO of The Orlando Economic Partnership to discuss economic development and trade in the Orlando region with foreign correspondents. (September, 2017) (PA.FPC) More»
  • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2017: 1,698. 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 Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Office of State-Defense Integration has 18 Foreign Policy Advisor (POLAD) positions concentrated mostly in Tampa and Miami, with a few other positions in the Panhandle, South Florida, and Key West areas supporting U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), and other commands. 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»
  • Foreign Ambassadors visit Florida as part of the Department’s “Experience America” partnership program. (S/CPR) More»
  • In El Salvador in 2017, in an INL Bureau-supported effort, the Regional Community Policing Institute at St. Petersburg College (SPC) delivered three-day basic patrol courses to Salvadoran Model Police Precinct (MPP) officers, as well as advanced COMPSTAT, intelligence-led policing, basic and advanced community policing, and sexual assault investigation training. SPC also provides management consulting services and mentoring to El Salvador, deploying subject-matter experts to help police commanders manage patrol schedules, surveillance cameras, and community trust-building efforts. 1,309 El Salvador police officers completed these courses in 2017. (INL) More»
  • INL has formally partnered with the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) since 2012. In 2017, MDPD conducted several training programs to build capacity of foreign counterparts, including Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) training for the Haitian National Police; training of Guatemalan and Honduran police officers in SWAT,, domestic violence response/victim advocacy, and crime scene management; tactical life saver training for the Guatemalan National Police; and SWAT training for police officers from Colombia. (INL) More»
  • INL has formally partnered with the Miami-Dade Schools Police Department (MDSPD) since 2015. In 2017, MDSPD hosted the Guatemalan National Police for a study visit on their School Resource Officer Program, and then traveled to Guatemala to assess and provide recommendations for their program. MDSPD also continued to work with Morocco on their School Resource Officer program by visiting the country three times to assess and provide program recommendations. (INL) More»
  • INL has formally partnered with Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) since 2013. In 2017, PBSO conducted a training program for over 20 instructors and field training officers from the Belize Police Department on incorporating bicycle patrol into patrol operations and also certified the participants as bike officers. (INL) More»
  • 44 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Florida on one of the Young Leaders initiatives in 2017. (ECA) More»
  • Florida residents in the Global Ties U.S. network volunteered 32,356 hours of their time in 2017 to host or support International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchange participants who visited the state. (ECA) More»
  • Under the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Speaker Program, Delise O’Meally, executive director of the National Consortium for Academics and Sports, engaged Lithuanian educators and students on how to pursue studies in the United States as student athletes. During the program, O’Meally explained the application and recruitment processes, and steps to establishing and maintaining NCAA eligibility. Post’s EducationUSA programs continue to draw from O’Meally’s program to educate student athletes and their parents to increase diversity in U.S. classrooms. Embassy Vilnius believes this program will directly lead to more Lithuanian students enrolling in U.S. universities and colleges. (IIP) More»
  • The Department of State facilitates the Florida National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Guyana founded in 2003. (PM) More»
  • Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2017: 1,227,361. (CA) More»
  • The Miami Passport Agency comprises 55 government employees and 47 contract employees. (CA) More»
  • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 274. (CA) More»
  • The Everglades National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (IO)
  • In Fiscal Year 2016, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 222 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Florida. 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 Miami, Florida. 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»