Virginia

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

Diplomatic
Fast Facts

Thomas Jefferson of Virginia was the first Secretary of State; Edmund Jennings Randolph of Virginia was the second.

Prior to his tenure as Supreme Court Chief Justice, John Marshall of Virginia was the fourth Secretary of State. More»

Colin Powell, a Virginia resident, was the first African-American to serve as Secretary of State. 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

  • In FY17, Virginia-based companies received approval to export $13,946,776,252 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (PM) More»
  • Virginia-based companies were approved to provide approximately $10 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»
  • The Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI), a nonprofit organization headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, was founded to help restore hope, alleviate suffering, and nurture stability in war-torn countries. MLI received funding from the Political-Military Affairs Bureau’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) in FY MLI’s major projects include the Mine Detection Dogs Partnership Program, Children Against Mines Program, and Survivors’ Assistance programs. (PM) More»
  • The U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons awarded grants to the following organizations in Virginia to combat human trafficking:
  • $500,000 was awarded to the International Justice Mission to train Philippine police and prosecutors on victim-centered investigations and prosecution of sex trafficking cases. (J/TIP) More»
  • $25,000,000 was awarded to the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS) to reduce the prevalence of modern slavery through innovative and transformational industry and country programs around the world. (J/TIP) More»
  • $1,200,000 was awarded to World Hope International to provide comprehensive support to victims of trafficking in Sierra Leone. (J/TIP) More»
  • $2,700,000 was awarded to the International Justice Mission to improve the Government of the Philippine’s respond to online child sexual exploitation of Children in the Philippines. (J/TIP) More»
  • $525,000 was awarded to ICF, a Virginia-based consulting and technology services firm, to support the Department’s work with the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking, including technical assistance, capacity building, and guidance on trauma-informed work. The U.S. Advisory Council is comprised of trafficking survivors who are presidentially appointed to advise the federal government on anti-trafficking policies and programs. (J/TIP) More»
  • Virginia hosted 11,113 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program in 2016. (ECA) 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 $16.5 billion (2017) support approximately 78,434 Virginian jobs (2016). Foreign direct investment into Virginia supports an additional 182,400 jobs (2015). (EB) More»
  • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in Virginia. (HR)
  • Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Tracy Harding, Northern and Arnold Chacon, Southern): 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»
  • 59 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Virginia were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 67 international students received a Fulbright to study in Virginia in academic year 2017-18. (ECA) More»
  • 20,400 international higher education students studied abroad in Virginia in academic year 2016-17. (ECA) More»
  • 614 exchange visitors from overseas visited Virginia, and 316 Virginia residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs in 2015. (ECA) More»
  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Tracy Harding and Arnold Chacon): 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»
  • The Department of State's International Military Education and Training (IMET) program funds the education and training of international military students at various locations within Virginia, including the Coast Guard Training Center in Yorktown, the Commanding General Education Command in Quantico, and the Army Logistical Unit Leaders Corse at Fort Lee. These training programs provide foreign students exposure to the culture and history of the United States and the Commonwealth of Virginia while also supporting the local economy. (PM) More»
  • The Center for International Stabilization and Recovery (CISR) at James Madison University (JMU), in Harrisonburg, Virginia, provides innovative programs and reliable information to post-conflict communities and practitioners in the conventional weapons destruction field. CISR received funding from the Political-Military Affairs Bureau’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) in FY18. CISR utilizes JMU faculty and staff and an international network of experts to produce publications, management-training workshops, disability-rights programming, and peer-support initiatives. (PM) More»
  • State Department funding will support research by AidData at the College of William and Mary. AidData will seek to quantify the scale and scope of Chinese public diplomacy in the East Asian and Pacific regions, analyze the factors that influence how and where China focuses its public diplomacy, and examine the relationship between its public diplomacy inputs and regional citizen perceptions through three state-specific case studies. This research will be published and freely available in spring 2018. (EAP) More»
  • Under the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Speaker Program, Zeena Altalib, founder and CEO of women’s fashion company Primo Moda, led an entrepreneurship program focused on microenterprise financial tools for Palestinian women. Seven program participants who attended her workshop on small enterprise growth techniques are now scheduled to visit the United States under ECA’s International Visitor Leadership Program in February 2018. (IIP) More»
  • The U.S. Fulbright Commission and the Argentine Ministry of Education awarded scholarships to 400 Argentine school administrators and educators to travel to the United States to participate in three-week teacher-training programs at eight U.S. universities. Programs were designed to improve primary and secondary education programs. Twenty-five educators participated in a training program at George Mason University (WHA). 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 U.S. for six weeks in 2016. Another 145 students traveled in 2017, and there were 289 students in the 2018 cohort. Twenty students in the 2017-2018 cohort studied at Virginia Tech. (WHA) More»
  • Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador) together with Virginia Tech, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Michigan State University, Boston College, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are working together to build study abroad programs through a student research program in the sciences, curriculum integration, student incentives, program marketing, and the implementation of a web-based data management system. These partnerships are 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»
  • George Mason University, in partnership with Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía Peruana (Peru) will be “Building Bridges and Capacity” with a new project focused on environmental science, conservation biology, and sustainability studies through a 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant. Expanding on their existing ties and the unique partnerships GMU has with other higher education institutions and organizations, GMU and UNAP are setting the stage for increased student mobility to inspire similar partnerships. The project will begin with the creation of two new credit-bearing field courses in the Peruvian Amazon to enroll students from both universities and will grow the number of course offerings and capacity as the project develops. The second layer to the project involves the introduction of study opportunities for UNAP students at the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation. (WHA) More»
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) is working with the Universidad de Piura (Peru) to reach low-income and underserved students from rural communities in the United States and Peru and bring them into contact with language and intercultural learning while enhancing their global knowledge of STEM subjects. Through a 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant, Virginia Tech and UDEP have joined their strengths to implement an innovative program that will provide students at both campuses with key insights from behavioral economics and experimental economics related to the design and field evaluation of environmental, resource management, technology adoption, and educational policy in rural communities. (WHA) 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. One sanitary engineering graduate student is completing a five-year program at Virginia Tech University. Another graduate student is completing a one-year Fulbright/Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program in English at George Mason University. (WHA) More»
  • Partnerships

  • The College of William and Mary, the University of Virginia, and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) are participating schools in the Diplomacy Lab partnership led by the Secretary’s 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»
  • University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business’ Institute for Business in Society is a partner for the U.S. Department of State’s annual P3 Impact Award. (S/GP) More»
  • The Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI), a nonprofit organization headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, was founded to help restore hope, alleviate suffering, and nurture stability in war-torn countries. MLI received funding from the Political-Military Affairs Bureau’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) in FY MLI’s major projects include the Mine Detection Dogs Partnership Program, Children Against Mines Program, and Survivors’ Assistance programs. (PM) More»
  • Foreign Policy Advisors (POLADs) work closely with Department of Defense (DOD) colleagues at the Pentagon located in Arlington. In this capacity, approximately 12 diplomats advise each of the U.S. military’s service chiefs and several senior leaders in the DOD’s Office of the Secretary of Defense on foreign policy. (PM) More»
  • The Department of State facilitates the Virginia National Guard’s State Partnership Program with the Tajikistan founded in 2003. (PM) More»
  • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2017: 1,043. 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»
  • 37 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Virginia on one of the Young Leaders initiatives in 2017. (ECA) More»
  • Virginia residents in the Global Ties U.S. network volunteered 271 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 has worked with the American Correctional Association (ACA) (Alexandria, VA) since 2012. INL partners with the ACA to audit and accredit Mexican state and federal correctional facilities. Accreditation requires a facility to encompass the minimum industry acceptable standards in practice and policies. 29 facilities were accredited or re-accredited in FY2017. Mexico currently has 81 accredited facilities. More»
  • The INL Bureau partners with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) (Alexandria, VA) to provide study tours and training in order to strengthen Mexican Law Enforcement's partnerships with Women's Justice Centers. In FY2017, 57 Mexican Law Enforcement officials and Women's Justice Center Directors were trained. More»
  • The INL Bureau partners with Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) (Gainesville, VA) and the Police Foundation (Washington, D.C.) to help Mexican law enforcement agencies (academies, communication centers and departments) develop and improve processes with the goal of achieving CALEA accreditation. Police Foundation provides the technical assistance and, once ready, CALEA audits and accredits the facilities. In order to become accredited, agencies must show that they comply with established standards. One Mexican academy and one communication center were accredited in 2017; projected total for 2018 is 8 academies, 3 communication centers and 1 police department. (INL) More»
  • INL began formally partnering with the Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) in February 2017. Since that time, the VADOC has provided training for Moroccan, Tunisian, and Lebanese correctional officers in planning for and responding to emergencies. (INL) More»
  • INL has formally partnered with the Virginia State Police (VSP) since 2016. In 2017, VSP conducted a fire investigation course for 80 members of the Royal Thai Forensic Police. (INL) More»
  • INL’s support to Alexandria-based Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) has resulted in the establishment of over 204 active coalitions in 20 countries around the world (Bolivia, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Costa Rica, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Senegal, South Africa, Tajikistan, and Uruguay). In 2017, CADCA expanded its work to build effective and sustainable community anti-drug coalitions in Albania, Indonesia, Mauritius, Togo, and Uganda. More»
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) collaborates with the INL Bureau in developing a global workforce to prevent and treat those with substance use disorders through science-based prevention and treatment training. Through this partnership VCU is making drug prevention and treatment training more widely available worldwide. For the 2017-18 year, VCU is hosting 12 fellows from Brazil, Bulgaria, India, Iran, Israel, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam. When the Fellows return to their home countries they will disseminate the science-based prevention and treatment training materials. More»
  • The OES-supported U.S. Water Partnership hosts the H2Info online database in Arlington, Virginia. H2Info is a centralized, web-based platform for sharing knowledge and expertise on fresh water and sanitation. (OES) More»
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs awarded $200,000 to Arlington, Virginia-based NGO the Nature Conservancy (TNC) to continue collaboration under the Responsible Asia Forestry and Trade (RAFT) program. The program works to improve the sustainability of tropical forests and the related timber trade in the Asia-Pacific region, and secure the supply chain of legal tropical timber worldwide, including timber to U.S. markets. (OES) More»
  • The U.S-China EcoPartnership between Reston-based Wilson Solarpower and Shenzhen Enesoon Science & Technology is developing a 20 MW concentrating solar power plant using innovative Brayton Air Cycle technology. (EAP/OES) More»
  • The Department of State awarded a grant to the Arlington-based Conservation International to enhance and scale up stakeholder engagement in developing tropical forest countries that are participants in the global Forest Carbon Partnership Facility. (OES)
  • As part of the Department of State’s Greening Diplomacy Initiative (GDI), representatives from twelve foreign embassies, the World Bank, the Office of Foreign Missions (OFM), and the Office of Oceans, Environment and Science (OES) will work together to grow and plant underwater seagrass in the Potomac River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay, in support of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Grasses for the Masses program. The project, called “Restore the Bay,” will launch January 10, 2017, in Washington, D.C. with a training workshop provided by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The project will culminate on June 5, 2017, in celebration of World Environment Day, at Mason Neck State Park in Lorton, Virginia, with the planting of underwater grasses in the Potomac River. (OES) More»
  • OES/IHB engaged students at the College of William and Mary via the Diplomacy Lab program starting in August 2017. Under the close supervision of a professor, the team devised novel techniques for detecting antibiotic pollution in the environment using methods that could be applied to low-resource settings. (OES)
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) has awarded over $1.5 million to Arlington, Virginia-based NGO the Nature Conservancy (TNC) to continue collaboration under the Responsible Asia Forestry and Trade (RAFT) program. The program works to improve the sustainability of tropical forests and related timber trade in the Asia-Pacific region, and secure the supply chain of legal tropical timber worldwide, including timber to U.S. markets. (OES/ECW)
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES), in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, supports the efforts of Alexandria, Virginia-based International Wood Products Association (IWPA) to promote compliance with the U.S. Lacey Act Amendments. Through outreach and training, IWPA educates private sector, governments, and civil society concerning the legal requirements to export wood products to the United States. By promoting Lacey Act compliance, IWPA helps to level the playing field for the U.S. timber industry while ensuring a sustainable and legal timber supply for U.S. manufacturers. (OES/ECW)
  • Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2017: 517,801. (CA) More»
  • 202 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities. (CA) More»
  • In Fiscal Year 2016, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 200 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Virginia. 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 World Heritage Site: Monticello and the University of Virginia. (IO) 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 Virginia. (DSS) More»