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

Fast Facts

The Rogers Act, which established the present-day Foreign Service, was sponsored by former U.S. Representative from Massachusetts John Jacob Rogers. More»

William Palfrey of Massachusetts was the first U.S. Consul. More»

The State Department benefits 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

    • In partnership with agencies across the federal government, the Department of State advances U.S. trade policy objectives by opening new export and job opportunities for American businesses and workers through trade initiatives. In 2015, goods exports from Massachusetts totaled $25.3 billion, which supported 111,875 U.S. jobs. (EB) More»

    • The U.S. Department of State granted $150,000 to Weston Geophysical Corporation in support of research developing new technologies that advance arms control, non-proliferation, and disarmament through the Verification Fund. (AVC) More»

    • The Boston Passport Agency comprises 40 government employees and 31 contract employees. (CA) More»

    • Massachusetts hosted 19,408 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program. (ECA) More»

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

  • Education

    • 209 scholars, students and teachers from Massachusetts were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 344 international students received a Fulbright to study in Massachusetts. (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Jon Danilowicz): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers assigned to universities throughout the United States. They provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»

    • 76 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Massachusetts on one of the Young Leaders Initiatives. (ECA) More»

    • With core funding from the Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Harvard Kennedy School and the University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City have partnered since 1994 to offer the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program. The Program pioneers advanced policy education and research in Vietnam. (EAP/ECA) More»

    • The University of Massachusetts-Boston and the Universidade Tiradentes in Brazil developed a joint program designed to increase student understanding of development and coastal systems. The program allowed students to perform collaborative and immersive research that compared Brazilian and U.S. coasts. These exchanges are part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Initiative, a program designed to foster greater study abroad opportunities across the hemisphere for students in the United States and in Latin America. (WHA) More»

    • 59,436 international higher education students studied abroad in Massachusetts. (ECA) More»

    • The Department’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs awarded a grant to Hadley-based VentureWell for Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) programs. GIST strengthens innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems through access to networking, skills development, and financing for youth in 135 emerging economies. (OES)

    • 884 exchange visitors from overseas visited Massachusetts and 404 Massachusetts residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (ECA) More»

  • Partnerships

    • Under the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Speaker Program, a new partnership was created between the cities of Boston and Helsinki following Boston Police Commissioner’s trip to Finland. U.S. Embassy Helsinki is organizing a group of staff members from the Helsinki Youth Department to visit Boston under the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program to learn more about methods of building trust between communities, particularly minorities and youth. This is particularly critical as Helsinki works to integrate a record number of new immigrants who may be distrustful of police and other authorities. (IIP) More»

    • Under the Department of State’s U.S. Speaker Program, Sam Vaghar, co-founder of the Millennium Campus Network (MCN), traveled to Bulgaria, Macedonia and Morocco to engage audiences of young development leaders on social entrepreneurship. Through these programs, Mr. Vaghar has been able to expand the global reach of MCN. Moroccan youth leaders he met through these programs participated in the Millennium Campus Conference Florida, and at the United Nations in New York City in August 2015 to collaborate and amplify their generation's voice in global development. In Macedonia, Mr. Veghar met a deaf entrepreneur whom he nominated for the U.S.-based Echoing Green Fellowship for social entrepreneurs. He also worked and built relations with alumni of a Massachusetts Summer work travel program, several of whom visited Boston. (IIP) More»

    • $516,000 was awarded to Veritè, a non-governmental organization based in Massachusetts, to lead a two year investigation of global supply chains and Trafficking in Persons risks in sub-Saharan Africa. (J/TIP) More»

    • 908 Massachusetts residents volunteered to host or support International Visitor Leadership Program participants who visited the state. (ECA) More»

    • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2016: 1,734. The Department works with nine domestic non-governmental organizations, which place refugees in over 300 affiliated offices in roughly 180 communities around the country. These local offices 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. (PRM) More»

    • The U.S. Department of State facilitates the Massachusetts National Guard State Partnership Program with Paraguay founded in 2001, and with Kenya founded in 2015. (PM) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2016: 466,837. (CA) More»

    • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities as of 2016: 237. (CA) More»

    • Overseas Adoptions: In Fiscal Year 2015, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 80 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Massachusetts. Intercountry adoption is one of 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. Learn more. (CA)

    • In September 2016, the U.S. government established the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument off the coast of Cape Cod, the first U.S. national marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean. The site is home to rare and endangered species, including sperm whales, fin whales, sei whales and Kemp’s ridley sea turtles. (OES) More»

    • Diplomatic Security has a field office in Boston. 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) More»

    • The U.S. Department of State published the pamphlet “Boston, Massachusetts: America’s City of Firsts” to encourage trade and tourism by sharing its history, culture, and climate with 2,947 Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish language speakers. (IIP) More»