Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Julie Chung (center), from the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, visits with locals in a Sembremos Seguridad community during a trip to Desamparados, San José. Photo by Eladio Ramirez

INL transforms the face of security in Costa Rica

By Carla Ortega  With no military—and located just a stone’s throw from the biggest cocaine-producing countries in the world—Costa Rica is a prime target for drug traffickers. In fact, Costa Rica was the number one...
Embassy Beirut’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Liaisons are responsible for ensuring all their colleagues received mandatory EEO training. Team members include (from left) Joe Aad, Elias Safi, Arabella Barbir, Aline Diab, Guy Khairallah, and Elias Alhaddad. Photo by Fady Dagher

LE staff EEO Liaisons fill critical roles

By Ellen Bremenstul Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Liaisons facilitate communication between locally employed (LE) staff, post management, the Department of State’s Office of Civil Rights, and the EEO counselor to provide continuity of EEO presence...
Illustration by Elisabeth Schettle

Reach out to build resilience

By Peter Redmond and Eric Cipriano
Award recipients pose with Department of State leadership and the first lady at the International Women of Courage awards, March 4. From left: Ximena Galarza, Assistant Secretary Marie Royce, Ambassador-at-Large Kelley Currie, Shahla Humbatoya, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, First Lady Melania Trump, Claire Ouedraogo, Amina Khoulani, Lucy Kocharyan, Zarifa Ghafari, Yasmin al Qadhi, Sayragul Sauytbay, Dr. Rita Nyampinga, Jalila Haider, Susanna Liew, and Amaya Coppens. Photo by Freddie Everett

Department holds the 14th annual International Women of Courage Awards

By Katie Zitzer Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hosted the 14th Annual International Women of Courage (IWOC) Award ceremony in Washington, D.C., March 4. First Lady Melania Trump delivered special remarks along with Ambassador-at-Large for...
From left: Locally employed staff members Hosiana Mmbaga, Monica Kapilima, Valerie Nair, and Pelagia Buberwa all served at Embassy Dar es Salaam during the 1998 attack and shared their stories of survival and resilience. Photo by Isaac D. Pacheco

FSNs who experienced embassy’s darkest day personify resilience and determination

By Isaac D. Pacheco On the morning of Aug. 7, 1998, al-Qaida-affiliated terrorists simultaneously detonated truck bombs with several tons of explosives in front of Embassy Dar es Salaam and Embassy Nairobi across the border...
Participants of Colombia’s first-ever Zoohackathon competed in teams but shared the common goal of developing tech-based solutions to combat illegal logging in Colombia. Photo courtesy of Embassy Bogotá

Colombian youth win global competition

By Andrew J. O’Brien Last November, a group of young “hackers” put their programming skills to the test in Colombia’s first-ever Zoohackathon. Embassy Bogotá partnered with Colombia’s Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS) and...
From left: U.S.-India Educational Foundation Executive Director Adam Grotsky, Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce, Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla, U.S. Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster, and Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board Member Maneesh Goyal attend the the Fulbright 70th Anniversary Gala, Feb. 3. Photo by Rakesh Malhotra

ECA Fulbright Program celebrates 70 years of U.S.-India partnership

By Michael J. Cavey This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright Program in India. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ (ECA) flagship international educational exchange program speaks to the very heart of...
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...

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