Illustration courtesy of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
By Sarah Evans and Sylvia Amegashie On July 19, Secretary of State Antony Blinken released the 2022 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, which includes narratives and tier rankings for 188 countries and territories, including the United States. The published report provides an important opportunity to increase public awareness of human...
Air Cargo Control Unit officers are coached on proper procedures while inspecting a shipment, April 2022. Photo courtesy of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
By Jack Anderson Criminals and terrorists often hide guns, drugs, and trafficked people in freight containers. This smuggling fuels organized crime, terrorist networks, and other illicit enterprises and continues to pose a major challenge throughout Central Asia. To combat smuggling, the U.S. Embassy in Uzbekistan is supporting an Air Cargo...
Employee mentoring program participants from across embassy sections and agencies come together to share their mentoring experiences with their randomly-selected group members, April 25. Photo by Jennifer Prillaman
By Elijah Jatovsky Embassy Port-au-Prince launched its inaugural employee mentoring program, April 25, welcoming more than 200 community members who connected across sections, agencies, nationalities, and languages. “Mentor Match Day” was created in response to a survey administered by post’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Council that found employees,...
Local Guard Force trainers Burim Hamiti (left) and Oliver Spirkovski (right) provide instruction on packing a wound to Oksana Onasenko from post’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement section, as part of first aid training at the Military of North Macedonia’s Ilinden Barracks, during a mission-wide disaster drill, May 16. Photo by Tatjana Hadji-Andova
By Holly Paul Health Units (HU) at U.S. embassies worldwide have long played a key role in providing medical preparedness training and ensuring that diplomats serving overseas are safe and ready for medical emergencies.   Embassy Skopje’s HU, looking for an efficient way to provide trauma training to more than 100 local...
Through the 2021 Resilience Innovation Grant, Embassy Abidjan was able to repurpose three tanks being removed from embassy residences to set up a rainwater harvesting system. Photo courtesy of Embassy Abidjan
By Maryam Alam The Department of State announced the recipients of the fourth annual Resilience Innovation Grant, a part of the Greening Diplomacy Initiative (GDI) Awards, June 28. Sponsored by the Bureau of Overseas Building Operations (OBO), the grant provides up to $1 million annually to help U.S. embassies and...
Volunteers of the Greenview Cementery Project (from left) Robert Seibel, FACT Training Coordinator Susan Taylor, James Barchanowicz, Don Chambers, Assistant Unit Chief Mark Perkins, and Todd Taylor. Seibel, Barchanowicz, and Chambers are all instructors in the Driver Training Unit. Photos courtesy of James Barchanowicz
By James Barchanowicz Greenview Cemetery in Blackstone, Va., is located just outside Fort Pickett, a military reserve training facility and home to the Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC) that provides lifesaving security training to Department of State personnel and members of the foreign affairs community. One day in April...
Embassy Manama held its first post-COVID Independence Day celebration, relaunching Bahrain’s diplomatic events calendar and engaging a record number of top-tier government officials, May 16. Ambassador Steven C. Bondy (center, in navy suit) highlighted the longstanding ties between the United States and Bahrain—a major non-NATO ally and host of...
Secretary of State Antony Blinken (center right) met five Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) fellows (from left) Facundo Cajen from Argentina, Georgia Barbosa Silva from Brazil, Gerardo Perez from the Dominican Republic, Jose Villatoro from El Salvador, and Bevon Charles from Grenada at the Summit of the...
To kick-off Pride Month activities at Embassy Bogota, Chargé d’Affaires Francisco Palmieri (center in light gray suit between flags) hosted an unveiling ceremony of a 40-foot Progress Pride Flag, June 15, displayed publicly through July 3. Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies, an employee organization, led the event...
Collin Walsh, a foreign affairs officer in the Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s (DS) Office of Rewards for Justice, earned a 2022 Employee of the Year award from “CAREERS and the disABLED” magazine for his resilience, professional accomplishments, and commitment to advocacy for persons with disabilities. Walsh’s work in leading...