Oregon

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

Diplomatic
Fast Fact

Along with territorial disputes with Spain and Mexico over the Southwest, the fate of the Oregon Territory was one of the major diplomatic issues of the first half of the 19th century. 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

  • Oregon hosted 3,334 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, Oregon-based companies received approval to export $805,820,006 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (PM) 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 $21.9 billion (2017) support approximately 87,023 Oregonian jobs (2016). Foreign direct investment into Oregon supports an additional 61,700 jobs (2015). (EB) More»
  • Participation by the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs in the International Pacific Halibut Commission and the Pacific Salmon Commission helps Oregon reap the economic benefits of a commercial fisheries worth over $1.2 million and over $8 million respectively in dockside landed value in 2016, additional economic impact from activity along the value chain, as well as substantial economic activity in the sport and recreational fishing sector. The Pacific Salmon Commission estimates that the total economic output of salmon fisheries, both commercial and recreational, in Oregon is $375 million and support over 3,700 full time jobs. (OES)
  • These organizations both ensure the maintenance of sustainable populations of fish and harvest opportunities by U.S. stakeholders. (OES/OMC)
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs helped facilitate $250,000 in funding from Japan and NOAA to the State of Oregon's Parks and Recreation Department. (OES/EAP) More»
  • Ensuring robust populations of Pacific salmon has been a long-standing concern of residents of Idaho, Washington, Alaska, and Oregon. For both tribal and non-tribal stakeholders, maintaining opportunities to harvest salmon in the Pacific Northwest has economic, social, cultural, and ecological significance. The Pacific Salmon Treaty, was signed between Canada and the United States to establish long-term goals for the benefit of the salmon resources that are shared by our countries. The Pacific Salmon Commission is the body formed by the governments of Canada and the United States to implement the Pacific Salmon Treaty. A senior-level representative from the OES Office of Marine Conservation considers the interests of state and tribal stakeholders, while serving as a Federal commissioner to the Pacific Salmon Commission. In this capacity, the Federal commissioner plays an active role in negotiating outcomes with Canadian colleagues that consider economic and cultural harvest opportunities while balancing the long-term sustainability of Pacific salmon stocks (OES/OMC).
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES), through a partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, supports the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory in Ashland Oregon – the only full-service lab in the world dedicated to combating wildlife crime, including illegal logging. The FWS Forensics Lab provides analytical services and develops tools to determine identity and origin and of suspect wood products in trade for enforcement authorities, governments, and private sector actors. (OES/ECW)
  • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in Oregon. (HR)
  • Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Dorothy Ngutter): 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»
  • 31 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Oregon were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 58 international students received a Fulbright to study in Oregon in academic year 2017-18. (ECA) More»
  • 13,209 international higher education students studied abroad in Oregon in academic year 2016-17. (ECA) More»
  • 1,462 exchange visitors from overseas visited Oregon, and 262 Oregon residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs in 2015. (ECA) More»
  • Hosted 4 university faculty from Pakistan on a university partnership program administered by the State Department. The scholars were in residence on campuse up to a month taking courses, teaching seminars, drafting curriculum, and doing research. 10 American faculty completed the exchange by offering courses, seminars and mentoring in the partner institution abroad. The university partnership program supports the internationalization efforts of American universities and advances American influence, directly supporting the United States’ South Asia strategy. (SCA) More»
  • University of Oregon hosts the UNESCO Crossings Institute for Conflict-Sensitive Reporting and Intercultural Dialogue. (IO)
  • Oregon State University and Universidad Austral de Chile created study abroad programs that emphasized ecological and hydrological research, with a focus on management efforts of native and plantation forests, allowing students in both countries to compare the two ecosystems. 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»
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs provided grant funding to COACh at the University of Oregon to advance women scientists’ careers in Central Africa. (OES) More»
  • Partnerships

  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnership program between the cities of Portland and Kumning in China focused on transit-oriented planning, bicycle networks, green buildings, and growth boundaries. (EAP/OES) More»
  • The Office of Global Food Security has partnered with Oregon State University as part of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab program, which offers U.S. universities and research institutions the opportunity to tackle global agriculture and food security challenges. (S/GFS) More»
  • In FY2017, active duty Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers trained 48 Bangladesh police in wildlife and arson investigations. The INL Bureau funded the deployments through its police assistance program that provides training and technical assistance to Bangladeshi law enforcement in community policing, core policing skills, and combatting wildlife trafficking. PPB has been intermittently participating in INL’s police program as trainers since 2011. (INL) More»
  • Foreign reporters based in the New York City area traveled with the New York Foreign Press Center to report on why Portland, Oregon is a leader in sustainability. (June, 2016) (PA/FPC) More»
  • The State Department has sent over 100 officers from the Portland Police Bureau to Bangladesh to serve as embedded community policing mentors. While the Portland Police are providing the training, they are also reaping benefits from the program. Participating officers describe the experience in Bangladesh as transformational, leading to improved police-community relations at home. As a result, Portland police officers are better able to engage with minority and immigrant communities in their own city. (CT) More»
  • 20 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Oregon on one of the Young Leaders initiatives in 2017. (ECA) More»
  • Oregon residents in the Global Ties U.S. network volunteered 125,691 hours of their time in 2017 to host or support International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchange participants who visited the state. (ECA) More»
  • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2017: 1,002. 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»
  • In FY2017, active duty Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers trained 48 Bangladesh police in wildlife and arson investigations. The INL Bureau funded the deployments through its police assistance program that provides training and technical assistance to Bangladeshi law enforcement in community policing, core policing skills, and combatting wildlife trafficking. PPB has been intermittently participating in INL’s police program as trainers since 2011. (INL) More»
  • The Middle East Partnership Initiative provided more than $263,000 to bring undergraduate students from the Middle East and North Africa to Portland State University for the Student Leaders Program, which aims to develop leadership skills and expand understanding of U.S. civil society and democratic processes that the students can apply in their home countries. (NEA/MEPI) More»
  • The Department of State facilitates the Oregon National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Bangladesh founded in 2008. (PM) More»
  • The Department of State facilitates the Oregon National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Vietnam founded in 2012. (PM) More»
  • Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2017: 248,500. (CA) More»
  • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities 78. (CA) More»
  • In Fiscal Year 2016, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 86 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Oregon. 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 San Francisco Field Office regularly work alongside federal, state, and local authorities throughout Oregon. (DSS) More»