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  • 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. (Source: Bureau of Human Resources) – More: http://careers.state.gov/connect/dir 
  • 45 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Maryland were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 83 international students received a Fulbright to study in Maryland. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://eca.state.gov/fulbright 
  • 57 students from Maryland received Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships, awarded to students of limited financial means. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program 
  • 19,671 international higher education students studied abroad in Maryland. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://educationusa.state.gov/ 
  • 789 exchange visitors from overseas visited Maryland and 458 Maryland residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://exchanges.state.gov/ 
  • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs awarded a grant to the University of Maryland in 2018 to prevent violent extremism in Benin through rural community engagement. The objective of the program is to strengthen the influence of the Government of Benin’s efforts to prevent political grievances and violence in rural border regions. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) – More: https://www.umd.edu/ 
  • In 2018, through a grant from the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant, Notre Dame of Maryland University and Universidad Femenina del Sagrado Corazón (Peru) are developing a reciprocal exchange program built to educate students on water, its usage and conservation, and to encourage knowledge and understanding of culture and tradition. Both universities experience the benefits and challenges of being located in coastal cities and recognize the necessity of ensuring a clean and secure water supply in a time of climate change, industrialization, and depletion of natural resources. Students gain a multidimensional understanding of water through environmental, political, and economic lenses while directly comparing and contrasting challenges in both locations and engage in hands-on service learning. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) – More: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • The U.S. Fulbright Commission awarded scholarships to 30 Peruvians to travel to the United States to participate in different programs at 24 U.S. universities. One Fulbright graduate student began a two-year program in engineering at John Hopkins University in 2017. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) – More: http://www.fulbright.pe/ 

Partnerships

  • 1,059 Maryland residents hosted or supported 916 International Visitor Leadership Program participants who visited the state, volunteering a total of 17,047 hours of service. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://eca.state.gov/ivlp 
  • Eight emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Maryland on one of the Young Leaders Initiatives. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://exchanges.state.gov/ 
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES), through collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service and New Mexico State University, supports Baltimore, Maryland-based DNA4 Technologies - a genomic and bioinformatics company formed to accurately identify natural products - 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. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs)
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES), through collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service and New Mexico State University, supports Baltimore, Maryland-based DNA4Technolgies - a genomic and bioinformatics company formed to accurately identify natural products - 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. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) – More: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/pakistan/index.htm 
  • Researchers from Goddard Space Flight Center, Johns Hopkins University, National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research, National Institute of Health, and the University of Maryland 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. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) – More: http://www.bsf.org.il/ 
  • Companies from Maryland received grants from the OES-supported U.S.-Israel Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD) for joint ventures with Israeli companies. Selected through a competitive process, the BIRD funding generates mutually beneficial cooperation between U.S. and Israeli companies. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs)
  • Researchers from Johns Hopkins University, National Institutes of Health, the University of Maryland, and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center were awarded funds from the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum to conduct workshops or host joint centers related to cooperation between the United States and India on dark matter, teaching space science, regional hydrology, genetic disorders of prenatal and postnatal growth, scientific exploration of the Indian Ocean, and simulating long time reaction dynamics. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) – More: https://www.iusstf.org/ 
  • In partnership with the University of Maryland, in April 2017, the State Department brought six senior law enforcement officials from Mali to the Maryland Emergency Management Agency in Reisterstown, Maryland to learn about how to improve terrorism response plans and capabilities. (Source: Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Extreme Violence) – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-civilian-security-democracy-and-human-rights/bureau-of-counterterrorism-and-countering-violent-extremism/ 
  • U.S. Embassy Vilnius partnered with The American Virtuosi Performances. The Jewish Community of Lithuania invited the Maryland-based American Virtuosi/The Borowsky Family ensemble to perform special concerts honoring the victims of the Holocaust. These concerts coincided with the visit of Pope and included the world-premiere of composer Giedrius Kuprevicius’s work, “The Star of David" on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liquidation of the Vilnius ghetto (this concert was internationally televised). (Source: Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs)
  • The INL Bureau has formally partnered with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (Sykesville, MD) since 2010. In 2018, MDPSCS provided training for corrections officials from 32 Mexican states on emergency response, emergency management, female offender management, management of prison gangs, security awareness, and vulnerable groups. Approximately 366 Mexican officials received training in FY 2018. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) – More: http://www.dpscs.state.md.us/aboutdpscs/pct/training.shtml 
  • In November 2018, INL and Department of Justice Office of Prosecutorial Development and Training (DOJ/OPDAT) trained and mentored Salvadoran prosecutors met in El Salvador with District of Maryland United States Attorney and Assistance Attorneys to share investigative information on active cases. Prosecutors from a number of INL-supported units shared current information on gang activities with a direct nexus to Maryland, resulting in new, tangible leads to support investigations in the United States. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) – More: https://www.justice.gov/criminal-opdat 
  • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs issued contracts to Maryland-based companies to support foreign assistance programs, such as 1) Olive Networks, LLC, who expanded the Guinea Ministry of Justice’s national reach by delivering and installing specialized IT equipment, providing software development, and gathering content that resulted in a user-friendly website that educates Guinean citizens about their justice system, serves as a resource for justice sector professionals, has capability to add future functionality, and is able to be maintained by Guinean officials after project closeout; and Washington International Solutions, LLC, to provide logistical support for U.S.-based training for Cabo Verde corrections officials. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs)
  • On September 5, 2017, Maryland and Jeollanamdo of the Republic of Korea formally became sister states. The occasion was marked with a commemorative planting of a Maryland White Oak tree in front of the Jeollanamdo Provincial Government headquarters. The Sister State MOU aims to promote trade, business and entrepreneurship, expand educational opportunities, and foster cultural and artistic exchanges. (Source: Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs) – More: http://sos.maryland.gov/International/Pages/MSSP.aspx 
  • DAI Global (headquartered in Bethesda), Kosmos Energy, and Ghana’s Meltwater Entrepreneurship School of Technology were recognized for their partnership “Kosmos Innovation Center.” The partnership won 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. (Source: Office of Global Programs) – More: https://www.concordia.net/partnerships/awards/p3impactaward/ 
  • Under the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Speaker Program, Sharon Freeman, president and CEO of the All American Small Business Exporters Association, engaged audiences in Hungary and the Netherlands on startup development, innovation, and competitiveness. A direct result of the Netherlands program is a joint book project sponsored by Boeing that will profile successful women in business from the Netherlands. Additionally, one of the Hungarian program participants recently visited Freeman in the United States to further explore small business exporting. (Source: Bureau of International Information Programs)
  • Catholic Relief Services (CRS), headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, carries out work to reduce the risk of injury and death from unexploded ordnance and landmines in Vietnam. CRS received funding from the Political-Military Affairs Bureau’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) in FY17. CRS trained more than 55,000 Vietnamese children and 79,000 Vietnamese teachers, parents, and community members in mine risk education and directly assisted landmine survivors. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-arms-control-and-international-security-affairs/bureau-of-political-military-affairs/ 
  • Humanity and Inclusion (HI), headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland, works with persons with disabilities and other vulnerable populations in situations of conflict, disaster, exclusion, and extreme poverty. HI received funding from the Political-Military Affairs Bureau’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) in FY18 to support its implementation of mine action programs. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-arms-control-and-international-security-affairs/bureau-of-political-military-affairs/ 
  • 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/ 
  • 1,059 Maryland residents hosted or supported 916 International Visitor Leadership Program participants who visited the state, volunteering a total of 17,047 hours of service. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://eca.state.gov/ivlp 
  • Eight emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Maryland on one of the Young Leaders Initiatives. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs)
  • The Strong Cities Network (SCN) – launched and sustained by the State Department – is a global network of mayors, municipal-level policy makers, and practitioners united in building social cohesion and community resilience to counter violent extremism. Across the world, cities are on the frontline of building resilience to radicalization to violence. Local governments, whether cities, municipalities or towns, are uniquely positioned to safeguard their citizens from community polarization and radicalization through partnerships with local communities. The SCN is made up of over 120 cities worldwide. In the U.S., SCN members include: Atlanta, GA; Aurora, CO; Chattanooga, TN; Denver, CO; Los Angeles, CA; Louisville, KY, Minneapolis, MN; Montgomery County, MD; New York, NY; and San Diego, CA. The mayors of both Anaheim and Chattanooga participated in the SCN Global Meeting in Denmark in May 2017. (Source: Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Extreme Violence) – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-civilian-security-democracy-and-human-rights/bureau-of-counterterrorism-and-countering-violent-extremism/ 
  • The Department of State facilitates the Maryland National Guard State Partnership Program with Bosnia and Herzegovina founded in 2003 as well as with Estonia founded in 1993. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) – More: http://www.md.ngb.army.mil/absolutenm/templates/?a=624 
  • The Department of State facilitates the Maryland National Guard State Partnership Program with Bosnia founded in 2003. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) – More: http://www.nationalguard.mil/Leadership/Joint-Staff/J-5/International-Affairs-Division/State-Partnership-Program/ 
  • The U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons awarded grants to the following organizations in Maryland to combat human trafficking: $380,000 was awarded to Urban Light to expand services to male victims of trafficking in Thailand; $735,000 was awarded to Catholic Relief Services to combat human trafficking through victim-centered approaches in India. (Source: Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons) – 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

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2018: 374,231. (Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs) – More: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/after/passport-statistics.html 
  • In Fiscal Year 2017, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 151 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Maryland. 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. (Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs) – More: https://travel.state.gov/content/adoptionsabroad/en/about-us/statistics.html 
  • Diplomatic Security Washington, D.C. Field Office serves Maryland: 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. (Source: Bureau of Diplomatic Security) – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-management/bureau-of-diplomatic-security/ 

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