Maryland

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

Diplomatic
Fast Fact

U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer and former U.S. Rep. Frank Kratovil are alumni of one of the Department’s flagship international exchange programs, the American Council of Young Political Leaders; U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes was a Fulbright student.

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 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 $9.2 billion (2017) support approximately 45,245 Maryland jobs (2016). Foreign direct investment into Maryland supports an additional 117,200 jobs (2015). (EB) More»
  • U.S. Department of State granted $145,000 to Array Information Technology in support of research developing new technologies that advance arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament through the Verification Fund. (AVC) More»
  • One the 2015-2016 Veterans Innovation Partnership (VIP) fellows is from Maryland. The partnership offers U.S. citizen veterans of the American armed forces a one-year paid fellowship to gain experience by working in a U.S. Government international affairs agency. (S/GP) More»
  • In July 2017, Japan’s United Foods International Co., a private food label manufacturer, opened its first East Coast location in Belcamp, creating up to 125 new jobs at the plant. (EAP) More»
  • Maryland hosted 11,629 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program in 2016. (ECA) More»
  • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contributed more than $15 million to the economy of Maryland through contracts and federal grants that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»
  • Maryland-based companies were approved to provide approximately $26.13 billion 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»
  • In FY17, Maryland-based companies received approval to export $14,754,400,603 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (PM) More»
  • AECOM received $763,395 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 has a contract with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism—better known as START – at the University of Maryland. START prepares a statistical annex for the Department’s annual congressionally mandated publication, Country Reports on Terrorism. (CT) More»
  • The URS Corporation received $1,497,638 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 Maryland. (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»
  • A high school student from Maryland 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»
  • 56 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Maryland were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 64 international students received a Fulbright to study in Maryland in academic year 2017-18. (ECA) More»
  • 19,501 international higher education students studied abroad in Maryland in academic year 2016-17. (ECA) More»
  • 294 exchange visitors from overseas visited Maryland, and 280 Maryland residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs in 2015. (ECA) More»
  • Museums Connect Cultural Exchange program between Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center (North Brentwood) and the Museu Afro-Brasil (Sao Paulo, Brazil) – A Journey through the African Diaspora. (ECA) More»
  • MELE Associates Inc. received $253,156 to conduct a series of Analytical Skills Development workshops for international experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency. These workshops seek to foster and reinforce collaborative analysis by teaching structured analytical techniques. (ISN/MNSA) More»
  • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs partnered with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services to develop new INL-specific curriculum for training international partners. (INL) More»
  • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) partnered with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services to provide three training courses to Paraguayan correctional officers on correctional management and organizational change, human resource management and staff development, and advanced correctional management. (INL) More»
  • The Montgomery County State Attorney’s Office deployed a prosecutor to help conduct a workshop in Accra, Ghana on international minimum standards for prisoners, alternatives to incarceration, and sentencing guidelines with the support of a UN corrections advisor. (INL) More»
  • 68 Brazilian students attended Johns Hopkins University, Morgan State University and University of Maryland College Park 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

  • 4 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Maryland on one of the Young Leaders initiatives in 2017. (ECA) More»
  • Maryland residents in the Global Ties U.S. network volunteered 15,686 hours of their time in 2017 to host or support International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchange participants who visited the state. (ECA) More»
  • In partnership with the University of Maryland, in April 2017, the State Department brought six senior law enforcement officials from Mali to the Maryland Emergency Management Agency in Reisterstown, Maryland to learn about how to improve terrorism response plans and capabilities. (CT) More»
  • On September 5, 2017, Maryland and Jeollanamdo of the Republic of Korea formally became sister states. The occasion was marked with a commemorative planting of a Maryland White Oak tree in front of the Jeollanamdo Provincial Government headquarters. The Sister State MOU aims to promote trade, business and entrepreneurship, expand educational opportunities, and foster cultural and artistic exchanges. (EAP) More»
  • U.S.-Taiwan International Environmental Partnership (IEP) Eco-Campus Project paired 5 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, Sharon Freeman, president and CEO of the All American Small Business Exporters Association, engaged audiences in Hungary and the Netherlands on startup development, innovation, and competitiveness. A direct result of the Netherlands program is a joint book project sponsored by Boeing that will profile successful women in business from the Netherlands. Additionally, one of the Hungarian program participants recently visited Freeman in the United States to further explore small business exporting. (IIP) More»
  • Catholic Relief Services (CRS), headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, carries out work to reduce the risk of injury and death from unexploded ordnance and landmines in Vietnam. CRS received funding from the Political-Military Affairs Bureau’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) in FY17. CRS trained more than 55,000 Vietnamese children and 79,000 Vietnamese teachers, parents, and community members in mine risk education and directly assisted landmine survivors. (PM) More»
  • Humanity and Inclusion (HI), headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland, works with persons with disabilities and other vulnerable populations in situations of conflict, disaster, exclusion, and extreme poverty. HI received funding from the Political-Military Affairs Bureau’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) in FY18 to support its implementation of mine action programs. (PM) More»
  • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2017: 1,072. 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»
  • 4 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Maryland on one of the Young Leaders initiatives in 2017. (ECA) More»
  • Maryland residents in the Global Ties U.S. network volunteered 15,686 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 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»
  • The Department of State facilitates the Maryland National Guard State Partnership Program with Bosnia and Herzegovina founded in 2003 as well as with Estonia founded in 1993. (PM) More»
  • The Department of State facilitates the Maryland National Guard State Partnership Program with Bosnia founded in 2003. (PM) More»
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES), through collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service and New Mexico State University, supports Baltimore, Maryland-based DNA4Technolgies - a genomic and bioinformatics company formed to accurately identify natural products - in the development of methods to extract, isolate, and analyze DNA of wood from commercially-traded species. These techniques aim to aid customs and law enforcement authorities and the private sector with a reliable means to identify wood species in trade and prevent illegal forest products from entering U.S. supply chains. (OES/ECW)
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) offered insights on international approaches to access and benefit-sharing (ABS) for genetic resources at a “train the trainers” workshop hosted by the Ecological Society of America in Maryland. Representatives from over twenty scientific societies and research institutions in over a dozen states, including California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, and Oklahoma, noted the potential impact of ABS regulations on the scientific community—including researchers, administrators, and museums—and agreed to work together to further educate the U.S. research community on how to comply with access and benefit sharing regimes. (OES/ECW)
  • The U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons awarded grants to the following organizations in Maryland to combat human trafficking:
    • $250,000 was awarded to Urban Light to expand services to male victims of trafficking in Thailand. (J/TIP) More»
    • $500,000 was awarded to Issara Institute to decrease the incidence of human trafficking by promoting cleaner supply chains and safer work places in Thailand. (J/TIP) More»
    • $735,000 was awarded to Catholic Relief Services to combat human trafficking through victim-centered approaches in India. (J/TIP) More»
  • Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2017: 402,525. (CA) More»
  • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities 208. (CA) More»
  • In Fiscal Year 2016, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 130 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Maryland. 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/OCS) More»
  • The Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) is the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of State with field and resident offices in 24 states and the District of Colombia. These offices cover the entire United States and its territories, with regional responsibility for 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 special agents and investigators assigned to the Washington Field Office regularly work alongside federal, state, and local authorities throughout Maryland. (DSS) More»