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  • 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/ 
  • The Department of State facilitates the Idaho National Guard State Partnership Program with Cambodia founded in 2009. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) More: http://www.nationalguard.mil/Leadership/Joint-Staff/J-5/International-Affairs-Division/State-Partnership-Program/ 
  • 82 Idaho residents hosted or supported 116 International Visitor Leadership Program participants who visited the state, volunteering a total of 1,880 hours of service. (Source: Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs) More: https://eca.state.gov/ivlp 
  • 12 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Idaho on one of the Young Leaders Initiatives. (Source: Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs) More: https://exchanges.state.gov 
  • Idaho, along with its West Coast neighbors, has had a long-standing interest in Pacific salmon populations and their economic, social, cultural, and ecological significance. To address those concerns, the Pacific Salmon Treaty, signed between the United States and Canada in 1985, established long-term goals for the management of salmon resources shared by our countries. The Treaty includes agreement between the United States and Canada to form and maintain the Pacific Salmon Commission (PSC) to ensure Treaty goals are met. The State Department’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) is involved in the work of the Commission, along with state and tribal Commissioners. In this capacity, the State Department plays an active role in negotiating with Canadian colleagues for outcomes that balance harvest opportunities with the long-term sustainability of Pacific salmon stocks. This work ultimately has a positive impact on Idaho and its residents. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) 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/ 
  • A researcher from Boise State University received a grant from the OES-supported U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) for a joint research project with an Israeli scientist. Selected through a peer-reviewed process, the BSF research funding advances our bilateral relationship and shared scientific priorities. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: http://www.bsf.org.il/ 

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  • Four Scholars, Students and Teachers from Idaho were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 5 international students received a Fulbright to study in Idaho. (Source: Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs) More: https://eca.state.gov/fulbright 
  • Ten students from Idaho received Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships, awarded to students of limited financial means. (Source: Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs) More: https://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program 
  • 3,574 international higher education students studied abroad in Idaho. (Source: Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs) More: https://educationusa.state.gov/ 
  • 160 exchange visitors from overseas visited Idaho and 116 Idaho residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (Source: Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs) More: https://exchanges.state.gov/ 
  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Stewart Devine): 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. (Source: Bureau of Human Resources) More: http://careers.state.gov/connect/dir 
  • Boise State University and Escuela Colombiana de Ingeniería Julio Garavito (Colombia) are partnering to design a bilateral exchange to overcome barriers to study abroad in the field of engineering. The program aims to expand the study abroad capacity at Boise State and La Escuela’s research capacity and students’ readiness for advanced studies in the United States by developing a short-term, faculty-led program that will provide global learning opportunities to economically-disadvantaged, female engineering students and students of minority ethnic backgrounds. These exchanges form 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. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 

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