Hispanic Employee Council of Foreign Affairs Agencies board members Isabel Romero (top left), Harold Jahnsen (top second from left), and Camelia Valldejuly (top third from left) speak to students during a networking event during Hispanic Heritage Month, Oct. 14. Photo by Isabel Romero

HECFAA highlights role of Hispanics in diplomacy

By Moises Mendoza The Department of State has been challenged to ensure that its workforce accurately reflects the U.S. population. Despite the fact that 18.5 percent of people in the United States claim Hispanic heritage,...
Medical service providers are shown on an airplane during the first evacuation of diplomats from Wuhan, China, to the United States, Feb. 2020. Photo by Jamie Fouss

MED team supports COVID-19 response

By Christine A. Stapleton, Lee Ann Eisler, and Carole Brown In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Department of State’s Bureau of Medical Services (MED) activated the Health Alert Response Team (HART). In...
Illustration by Elisabeth Schettle

Reach out to build resilience

By Peter Redmond and Eric Cipriano
U.S. Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey R. Pyatt (third from right) and U.S Ambassador to Bulgaria Herro Mustafa (third from left) meet with women energy experts at the chief of mission residence in Athens. State Department Photo

Event encourages increased roles for women in Southeast Europe’s energy sector

By Steven Tagle Greece and Bulgaria signed an agreement that finalized a natural gas transmission and storage system operator’s—Bulgartransgaz—participation in the Alexandroupoli Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FSRU), Aug. 24. FSRU is a U.S.-supported project that...
CDI members Uyanga Erdenebold and Laura Sheehan, joined by seeing eye dog "Dunaway," work on a community podcast highlighting members of the community to showcase the diversity within Mission Japan. Photo by Mikayla Conners

Mission Japan confronts racism and systemic inequality

By Thanh C. Kim Following George Floyd’s death, May 25, 2020, Mission Japan members organized a virtual discussion on race that reached more than 200 community members, leading to a clear, collective call to action.      “We...
Spanning more than 600 pages, the 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report is viewed as the “gold standard” in assessing government efforts to combat human trafficking. Photo by Amanda McCarthy

2021 Trafficking in Persons Report sends strong message

By Ashley Hernandez For more than 20 years, the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP) has led the Department of State’s efforts to produce the TIP Report—virtually the world’s most comprehensive resource of governmental...
Team Darnasol was a collaboration between the University of Maryland-College Park and Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. Team Darnasol members work on their submission which placed second in the Market Appeal Contest. Photo by Yassine Ameur

Embassy Rabat participates in first Solar Decathlon Africa

By Sacha Fraiture Teams from four American universities—the Colorado School of Mines, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Seattle University and the University of Maryland—joined 44 Moroccan, European and Sub-Saharan African universities at the first-ever Solar Decathlon Africa,...
From a modest booth at the Black Hat cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas, Aug. 5, 2021, Rewards for Justice (RFJ) staff handed out mini wanted posters and t-shirts (left). When scanned by a mobile device, the QR code on the t-shirt led individuals back to RFJ’s webpage (bottom right) for the reward offer. Also at the booth, a large video screen (top right) flashed ads for the cyber reward offer in English and multiple foreign languages, including Russian. Photos courtesy of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security

Rewards for Justice incentivizes critical infrastructure protection

By Rachel Schindel Gombis The Department of State’s Rewards for Justice (RFJ) program—which advertises an up-to-$10 million reward for information on foreign government-linked malicious cyber activities against U.S. critical infrastructure—raised a few eyebrows due to its innovative...
Illustration by Elisabeth Schettle

GTM launches lifeline for managers

By Hyun Bo Sim As the Department of State continues to develop and promote workplace flexibilities to make careers more desirable for its employees, supporting and developing managers has become a high priority. One of...

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