New Mexico

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

Fast Fact

The Gadsden Purchase, or Treaty, was an agreement between the United States and Mexico finalized in 1854, in which the United States agreed to pay Mexico $10 million for a 29,670 square mile portion of Mexico that later became part of Arizona and New Mexico. 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

  • Under the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Speaker Program, Alice Loy, co-founder of Creative Startups, a business incubator, licensed the company’s creative accelerator business model to an incubator in Angra do Heroismo, Portugal as a follow-up to her program. This relationship led to the 2017 launch of a local Portuguese innovation center and incubator, StartUp Angra. Additionally, Creative Startups’ licensing of their methodology allowed them to export American innovation and created new jobs in New Mexico. (IIP) More»
  • New Mexico hosted 1,273 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, New Mexico-based companies received approval to export $3,125,953 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (PM) More»
  • Two partnership plans were created under the Small Business Network of the Americas International Sister Center Program with Mexico. (WHA) More»
  • U.S. Department of State contributed $620,200 to Los Alamos, New Mexico for implementation of the Partnership for Nuclear Security Program, which promotes cooperative partnerships between the U.S. and international institutions on the peaceful use of nuclear energy. (ISN/CTR) More»
  • Support, in the amount of $1,286,066, was provided to Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico Institute for Mining and Technology, and Aquila Technologies 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 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 $3.6 billion (2017) support approximately 14,958 New Mexican jobs (2016). Foreign direct investment into New Mexico supports an additional 20,200 jobs (2015). (EB) More»
  • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in New Mexico. (HR)
  • Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Kenneth Chavez): 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»
  • 4 Scholars, Students and Teachers from New Mexico were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 8 international students received a Fulbright to study in New Mexico in academic year 2017-18. (ECA) More»
  • 3,595 international higher education students studied abroad in New Mexico in academic year 2016-17. (ECA) More»
  • 111 exchange visitors from overseas visited New Mexico, and 44 New Mexico residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs in 2015. (ECA) More»
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory received $935,339 to organize and conduct two Nondestructive Assay Inspector Training Courses and an Advanced Plutonium Verification Techniques Inspector Training Course for international experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency. These training courses provided and reinforced skills required to conduct international nuclear safeguards inspections. (ISN/MNSA) 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. Sixteen students in the 2017-2018 cohort studied at the University of New Mexico. (WHA) More»
  • In an effort to increase the opportunities available to underserved students, U.S. Mission Mexico has issued grants to The University of New Mexico at Albuquerque to host a four-week program to 15 top indigenous undergraduate Mexican students each year since 2015. The Spanish-language program focuses on community identity and leadership and seeks to strengthen the participants’ leadership skills and understanding of how tribal, state, and federal agencies interact; to learn about the role of the State’s Congress; and to give them the opportunity to meet with peers and indigenous groups in the United States. (WHA) More»
  • Central New Mexico Community College and SENA Centro de Servicios y Gestión Empresarial in Colombia partnered to create reciprocal student exchange programs that prepared participants for the Cisco Certified Network Associate exam, benefitting U.S. and Colombian students seeking to improve their business and social skills. 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»
  • Partnerships

  • The Department of State facilitates the New Mexico National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Costa Rica, founded in 2006. (PM) More»
  • University of New Mexico 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»
  • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2017: 155. 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»
  • Under the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Speaker Program, Alice Loy, co-founder of Creative Startups, a business incubator, licensed the company’s creative accelerator business model to an incubator in Angra do Heroismo, Portugal as a follow-up to her program. This relationship led to the 2017 launch of a local Portuguese innovation center and incubator, StartUp Angra. Additionally, Creative Startups’ licensing of their methodology allowed them to export American innovation and created new jobs in New Mexico. (IIP) More»
  • 35 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in New Mexico on one of the Young Leaders initiatives in 2017. (ECA) More»
  • New Mexico residents in the Global Ties U.S. network volunteered 13,411 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 INL Bureau sponsors, funds, and administers a domestic executive level international law enforcement academy (ILEA) in Roswell, New Mexico. ILEA Roswell leverages the expertise of fifteen agencies from the U.S. federal law enforcement community and experts from state and local law enforcement agencies to conduct facilitated criminal justice discussions with approximately 300 senior criminal justice executives a year from over 100 countries around the world. The ILEA Roswell symposiums cover key transnational organized crime issues including anticorruption, countering violent extremism, counternarcotics, human trafficking, weapons trafficking and international financial investigations. The ILEA Roswell symposiums are designed for chief prosecutors, judges, law enforcement executives and law makers who have the capability to effect improvements to their criminal justice systems in their home countries. In addition to the intensive classroom discussions and facilitation, the ILEA Roswell delegates are provided opportunities to explore the history and culture of the western United States and New Mexico. (INL) More»
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES), through collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service and DNA4Technologies, supports New Mexico State University 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)
  • Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2017: 87,923. (CA) More»
  • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities 55. (CA) More»
  • In Fiscal Year 2016, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 20 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from New Mexico. 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»
  • UNESCO Creative City of Crafts and Folk Arts: Santa Fe. (IO) More»
  • Three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Chaco Culture, Taos Pueblo. (IO)
  • 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 Los Angeles Field Office and Houston Field Office regularly work alongside federal, state, and local authorities throughout New Mexico. (DSS) More»