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Maryland

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Partnerships

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

  • 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. – More: https://eca.state.gov/ivlp 
  • Eight emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Maryland on one of the Young Leaders Initiatives. – More: https://exchanges.state.gov/ 
  • 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. – More: https://eca.state.gov/ivlp 
  • Eight emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Maryland on one of the Young Leaders Initiatives.

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 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.
  • 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. – 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. – 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.
  • 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. – More: https://www.iusstf.org/ 

Bureau of Counterterrorism

Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs

  • 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).

Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement 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. – 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. – 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.

Bureau of East Asian and Pacific 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. – More: http://sos.maryland.gov/International/Pages/MSSP.aspx 

Office of Global Programs and Initiatives

  • 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. – More: https://www.concordia.net/partnerships/awards/p3impactaward/ 

Bureau of Global Public Affairs

  • 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.

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration

  • 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. – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-civilian-security-democracy-and-human-rights/bureau-of-population-refugees-and-migration/ 

Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

Travel and Security

Bureau of Consular Affairs

Bureau of Diplomatic Security

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

Jobs and Economy

Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs

  • 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. In 2018, goods exported totaled $12 billion. Those exports supported approximately 45,245 Maryland jobs (2016) and foreign direct investment into Maryland supports an additional 118,300 jobs (2016). – More: https://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/statereports/states/md.pdf 

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

Bureau of Counterterrorism

Bureau of Human Resources

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 60 active participants from the state of Maryland. – More: http://www.global.howard.edu/ralph-j-bunche/fellowship/ 

Education

Bureau of Human Resources

  • 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 International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs

  • 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. – More: https://www.umd.edu/ 

Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs

  • 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. – 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. – More: http://www.fulbright.pe/ 

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