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Office of Global Partnerships

  • Georgetown University and American University are part of the Diplomacy Lab network 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. – More: http://diplomacylab.org/ 
  • USAID’s (headquartered in District of Columbia) Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation program and EthioChicken were recognized for their partnership “Partnering for Poultry.” The partnership was one of five finalists for the 4th annual P3 Impact Award in 2017. The P3 Impact Award was presented at the Concordia Summit in September 2017 by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Partnerships, the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business Institute for Business in Society, and Concordia. The award recognizes public-private partnerships (P3s) that are changing our world in the most impactful ways. – More: https://www.concordia.net/partnerships/awards/p3impactaward/ 
  • Girl Up, NASA, World Learning, and Millennium Challenge Corporation are WiSci (Women in Science) STEAM Camp partners. WiSci is a public-private partnership that brings together a diverse group of female high school students from around the world for a STEAM education camp with the goal of closing the gender gap through access to education, mentorship opportunities, and leadership training. – More: https://girlup.org/wisci 
  • The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, Gilead Sciences, Girl Effect, and ViiV Healthcare were recognized for the “DREAMS Partnership.” The partnership was one of five finalists for the 5th annual P3 Impact Award in 2018. The P3 Impact Award was presented at the Concordia Summit in September 2018 by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Partnerships, the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business Institute for Business in Society, and Concordia. The award recognizes public-private partnerships (P3s) that are changing our world in the most impactful ways. – More: https://www.concordia.net/partnerships/awards/p3impactaward/ 
  • The Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement; the Polus Center for Social & Economic Development, Inc., Higher Grounds Coffee, and the Eastern Congo Initiative were recognized for their partnership “Lake Kivu Coffee Alliance.” The partnership was one of five finalists for the 5th annual P3 Impact Award in 2018. The P3 Impact Award was presented at the Concordia Summit in September 2018 by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Partnerships, the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business Institute for Business in Society, and Concordia. The award recognizes public-private partnerships (P3s) that are changing our world in the most impactful ways. – More: https://www.concordia.net/partnerships/awards/p3impactaward/ 

Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs

  • U.S. Embassy Tbilisi and Open World Program - Parliament Staff Members sent five Georgian Parliament staff members to NY and Mississippi on the Open World program, where they were introduced to the work of both local and Federal government and met with representatives of all three branches of the government. – More: https://www.openworld.gov 
  • U.S. Embassy Tbilisi and Open World Program - Abkhaz-Enguri Dam sent five "Enguri Dam" staff members to Washington state on the Open World program, where they were introduced to best practices of large-scale hydro power plants in the United States. The delegates were hosted by The Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS), a district comprised of both Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College. – More: https://www.openworld.gov 
  • U.S. Embassy Tbilisi and Open World Program - Judges/Rule of Law sent five Georgian judges to GA and IL on the Open World program, where they learned about the U.S. judicial system, the structure of the federal court system and state court systems, and the jurisdiction of the federal and state courts. – More: https://www.openworld.gov 
  • U.S. Embassy Tbilisi and Open World Program - Social Inclusion and Religious Tolerance sent five Georgian representatives of different religious communities visited IN on the Open World program on the theme of "Accountable Governance: Social Inclusion, Religious Tolerance, and Religious Pluralism." – More: https://www.openworld.gov 
  • U.S. Embassy Tbilisi and Open World Program - Accountable Governance - Female Entrepreneurs sent five Georgian female entrepreneurs to CA on the Open World program to examine practical initiatives to build women’s leadership capacity. The delegates gained insight into strategies to promote women into positions of leadership and explored examples of small businesses that encourage start-up entrepreneurs. – More: https://www.openworld.gov 
  • U.S. Embassy Tbilisi and Open World Program - Accountable Governance – Municipal Development sent five Georgian representatives of municipalities and city councils visited IL on the Open World program to learn how U.S. local governments manage citizen participation in the policy decision-making process. – More: https://www.openworld.gov 
  • U.S. Embassy Tbilisi and Open World Program - Accountable Governance - Environment and Clean Air sent five Georgian urban planners and representatives of city council to Wisconsin on the Open World Program to learn best practices in the management of cities and towns. The delegates examined the use of urban planning with a focus on tourism management. – More: https://www.openworld.gov 
  • U.S. Embassy Vilnius and the International Art Exhibition “Manuscript” partnered on a grant that helped to support an International art exhibition in Vilnius that celebrated a centenary of friendship between the United States, the Baltic states (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia), Finland, and Poland. The program showcased nine American artists from the DC-based organization, “TAKE ME TO THE RIVER.” – More: http://www.ldsajunga.lt/NAUJIENOS-1583 
  • U.S. Embassy Vilnius partnered with Global Media and Information Literacy Week to support Lithuania's "Global Media and Information Literacy Conference" by bringing over two American speakers. – More: http://www.vdu.lt/en/vmu-to-host-annual-unesco-media-and-information-literacy-conference/ 

Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs

  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs partners with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in supporting science and entrepreneurship capacity building in Egypt. – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-economic-growth-energy-and-the-environment/bureau-of-oceans-and-international-environmental-and-scientific-affairs/ 
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs has extended awards to the Washington, DC-based Meridian International Center in support of the U.S. Science Envoy Program, which facilitates science and technology cooperation in various regions. – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-economic-growth-energy-and-the-environment/bureau-of-oceans-and-international-environmental-and-scientific-affairs/ 
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs has extended awards to the Washington, DC-based World Environment Center to promote environmental governance in Morocco and Jordan. This initiative focuses on creating public-private partnerships with priority sectors to improve environmental practices and to adopt new technologies to reduce pollution. – More: http://www.wec.org/ 
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs partners with the U.S. Department of Interior and the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the U.S. Forest Service in supporting environmental cooperation under free-trade agreements with Morocco, Jordan, and Oman. – More: https://www.doi.gov/intl/itap 
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs partners with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in supporting environmental cooperation under free-trade agreements with Morocco and Jordan. – More: https://www.epa.gov/international-cooperation/epa-efforts-middle-east 
  • The U.S. Department of State’s first Zoohackathon occurred on October 7-9, 2016 at three major zoos in the United States, including the National Zoo. Zoohackathon, organized by the Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, is a public-private partnership that brings together the United States government with the private sector and civil society. The event calls on coders, designers, and science enthusiasts from all around the world to come together over a weekend to create new applications and tools to address issues on the demand side of wildlife trafficking. Researchers from Georgetown University, Naval Research Laboratory and Smithsonian Institution received grants from the OES-supported U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) for joint research projects with Israeli scientists. Selected through a peer-reviewed process, the BSF research funding advances our bilateral relationship and shared scientific priorities. – More: http://www.bsf.org.il/ 
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs collaborates with the Washington D.C.-based National Association of State Foresters (NASF), a non-profit organization composed of the directors of forestry agencies managing and protecting state and private forests in U.S. states, territories, and the District of Columbia. Through collaboration by OES and other federal agencies, NASF created the website TimberAssurance.org, an open-access clearinghouse for national and state regulation that affect the management of U.S. forests, to demonstrate the low-risk of illegality in U.S. forest-based products. Designed as a resource for U.S. trading partners, governments, corporations, and other interested stakeholders, this initiative aims to facilitate increased market access for U.S. forest products abroad. – More: https://stateforesters.org/current-issues/timber/timber-assurance 
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, through partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Agency for International Development, supports the Washington D.C.-based NGO World Resources Institute (WRI)’s Forest Legality Initiative on a suite of efforts to combat illegal logging and associated trade including to U.S. markets – contributing to U.S. economic and security objectives - and to support the sustainable management of forest resources. – More: https://forestlegality.org/ 
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs supports a $492,500 cooperative agreement with the Washington, DC-based NGO Forest Trends for the project Mapping and Analysis of Illegally Harvested Timber and Forest Products in Global Trade to combat global illegal logging and associated trade (ILAT) – a practice that unfairly impacts U.S. forest industry competitiveness and costs U.S. producers up to $1 billion annually. Forest Trends is working with developing countries and partners to gather data and build capacity to identify, analyze, and map illegal timber and forest products trade in key global regions. The results aim to influence policy makers in these regions, and will inform ongoing U.S. programs and the design and implementation of future interventions to assist developing countries in combating ILAT. – More: https://www.forest-trends.org/ 
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs advances U.S. agricultural interests and promotes American leadership and economic prosperity through our participation in the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. The Commission addresses the conservation and sustainable use of genetic resources for food and agriculture, the essential input for breeding to improve crop and livestock resilience and productivity. U.S. farms are among the most productive in the world. U.S. farms are among the most productive in the world. In 2016, the value of U.S. crop production was $204.54 billion, and the value of U.S. livestock production was $146.46 Billion (source: USDA Economic Research Service). – More: https://www.ers.usda.gov/ 
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs and the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Department of Justice, support legal timber trade and leveling the playing field for the U.S. forest products industry through participation in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Expert’s Group on Illegal logging and Associated Trade (APEC EGILAT). Through this fora the U.S. interagency, in consultation with industry stakeholders, developed and published the U.S. Timber Legality Guidance Template – a collection of U.S. laws and regulations governing the harvest and trade of timber across the United States at the federal level – as a resource for governments and private sector traders demonstrating reasonable assurance of the low risk of procuring illegal timber from U.S. production. In parallel, the Washington D.C.-based nonprofit National Association of State Foresters (NASF) has published TimberAssurance.Org, a companion web-based guide to the laws and regulations of each U.S. state, territory, and the District of Columbia – providing a State-level platform for information pertinent to the legality of timber and wood products procured within the bounds of the United States and its territories. The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs is partnering with Fund for Peace and aims to reduce mercury use in Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining by focusing on operational and policy-level approaches to the ASGM reform agenda in Ghana. At the operational level, the project will focus on the establishment of two Centers of Excellence that can be used to promote sustainable and safe practices and be able to be replicated and scaled throughout the country. At the policy level, the project will focus on establishing national level multi-stakeholder forums to support efforts to develop and implement the Minamata National Action Plan, as well as undertake media awareness and education activities to promote safe and sustainable practices across Ghana. 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. (Source: Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration) – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-civilian-security-democracy-and-human-rights/bureau-of-population-refugees-and-migration/ 

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

Bureau of Global Public Affairs

  • Under the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Speaker Program, Samira Cook Gaines, founding director of Global Empowerment Solutions (GES), engaged audiences in Montenegro and Cyprus on starting and growing small businesses for women, and economic empowerment. Results of these trips have directly led to new partnerships for GES in Montenegro and Cyprus, increased business development with Cypriot incubators, and an expanded global reach for GES economic development in Washington, DC. U.S. Embassy Singapore issued a $250,000 grant to the Washington, DC-based Asia Foundation to oversee the planning and conduct of the U.S.-ASEAN Conference on Legal Issues of Regional Importance, held in Singapore May 8-9, 2017. The conference brought together 70 experts from across ASEAN and beyond to discuss legal issues critical to the future of ASEAN. (Source: Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs) – More: https://asiafoundation.org/2017/05/10/u-s-asean-forum-legal-issues-regional-importance/ 

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

  • Sixty-eight emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in the District of Columbia on one of the Young Leaders Initiatives. – More: https://exchanges.state.gov 

Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs

  • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs partners with Global Ties in Washington, DC, to provide police academy, community police, internal affairs, and driving study tours to strengthen the capacity of Mexican police professionals. In FY2018, 60 Mexican police academy trainers visited the Texas Commission of Law Enforcement and the San Antonio Police Department. Nineteen Mexican community police officers visited Orlando, FL; Kansas City, MO; and Washington, DC police departments. Nineteen Mexican police officers visited data-driven units in Indianapolis, IN; Minneapolis, MN; and Washington, DC Sixteen Communication Centers Directors visited Emergency Call Centers units in D.C. and Boston. Fourteen community police officers visited Seattle, WA, and Arlington, TX. And 14 Operations Directors visited Washington, DC and New Orleans, LA police departments. Global Ties also provided online training for 439 participants in 2018, and provided training in Mexico to another 90 participants. – More: http://www.globaltiesus.org/our-work/public-diplomacy-a-international-exchange-programs/police-professionalization-exchange-program 
  • The INL Bureau partners with the Police Foundation (Washington, DC) to define a practical and sustainable community policing model and to provide guidance and training to selected agencies, executives, and decision-makers in order to develop the new generation of police leadership. – More: https://www.policefoundation.org/ 
  • INL partners with the American Bar Association – Rule of Law Initiative (ABA-ROLI) to organize national mock trial competitions throughout Mexico. ABA provides workshops and delivers trainings to develop law students’ oral advocacy and mediation skills, as well as law professors who teach the accusatorial criminal justice system. Additionally, ABA offers study tours to Washington, DC; Chicago, IL; and New York, NY. Over 1,800 law students and professors participated in 2018. – More: https://www.americanbar.org/advocacy/rule_of_law/where_we_work/latin_america_caribbean/mexico.html 
  • In an INL-supported project, the World Justice Project (WJP), based in Washington, DC, produces a series of reports and other communication materials that evaluate the changes in crime investigation, prosecution services, and trial procedures under the Mexican accusatorial criminal justice system in order to assess the impact of the reforms and to identify areas that need to be incorporated as new policy-making targets. In 2018, WJP published the first sub-national rule of law index. It is one of the most complete measurements of institutional performance in Mexico. – More: https://worldjusticeproject.org/ 
  • In 2018, INL, through the Office of Acquisition Management, awarded Prime Source Technologies, LLC, Small Business Administration (SBA) Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) a potential five year contract to provide Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces (ISF) with a scalable IT backbone that improves the ISF’s ability to collect, analyze, and share law enforcement sensitive information that will greatly improve efficiency, transparency, and accountability.

Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

  • The U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons awarded grants to the following organizations in the District of Columbia to combat human trafficking: $2,550,000 was awarded to Free the Slaves to combat child sex trafficking and forced child labor at the local level in the Volta and Central regions in Ghana; $750,000 was awarded to Free the Slaves to combat forced labor in the form of debt bondage in India; $750,000 was awarded to International Association of Women Judges to address the lack of awareness of member of the Haitian judiciary and other appropriate stakeholders on the substance and application of the new Trafficking in Persons saw of 2014 in Haiti; $500,000 was awarded to C4ADS to strengthen real-time data collection on human trafficking networks in the Indonesia fishing sector and conduct investigations of traffickers using Palantir data management software; $750,000 was awarded to the Warnath Group to provide tailored training and technical assistance to combat human trafficking globally; $1,300,000 was awarded to the Warnath Group to combat child sex trafficking and forced child labor in Jamaica. – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-civilian-security-democracy-and-human-rights/office-to-monitor-and-combat-trafficking-in-persons/ 

Travel and Security

Bureau of Consular Affairs

Bureau of Diplomatic Security

  • Diplomatic Security DC Field Office: 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. – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-management/bureau-of-diplomatic-security/ 

Jobs and Economy

Bureau of International Organization Affairs

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation

Bureau of Global Talent Management

Bureau of Global Public Affairs

  • The Thomas R. Pickering and Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship Programs encourage applications from minority groups historically underrepresented in the U.S. Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need. Each fellowship provides financial assistance towards the completion of a two year master’s degree in a field related to the Foreign Service, academic funding, mentorship and two internships – one in the U.S. and the other abroad at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Fellows commit to a minimum of five years in the Foreign Service. Currently, there are 53 active participants from the District of Columbia. – More: http://www.global.howard.edu/ralph-j-bunche/fellowship/ 

Education

Bureau of Global Talent Management

  • Diplomat-in-Residence: 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. – More: http://careers.state.gov/connect/dir 

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs

  • Howard University is a member of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs supported Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction. ICUDDR facilitates networking among universities to promote high quality education and training in the field of addiction prevention, treatment and public health interventions. It also pursues related applied addictions research, outreach and advocacy.

Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs

  • One hundred twenty-eight Brazilian students attended several educational institutions in Washington, DC 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. – More: https://www.state.gov/countries-areas/brazil/ 

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