Crisis Management

By Lara K. Harris As the Department of State faces unprecedented challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foreign Service Institute’s (FSI) Leadership and Management School’s (LMS) Crisis Management Training (CMT) division has adapted...
A Diplomatic Security Service special agent (fourth from right) along with U.S. and Armenian law enforcement officials return a U.S. fugitive wanted for second-degree sexual abuse. The fugitive pleaded guilty in May 2018 and is serving 25 years in the state of Iowa. Photo courtesy of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security Service

The Overseas Criminal Investigations Division

Opening photo: A Diplomatic Security Service special agent (fourth from right) along with U.S. and Armenian law enforcement officials return a U.S. fugitive wanted for second-degree sexual abuse. The fugitive pleaded guilty in May...
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...
At Embassy Luxembourg's chief of mission residence, a recent renovation saw the addition of a wheelchair ramp to match the building's facade. Photo courtesy of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations

OBO removes barriers with new housing program

By Victoria Hartke and Ron Tomasso Barrier-free accessibility is a critical part of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations’ (OBO) mission to provide safe, secure, functional, and resilient facilities abroad. Several programs and initiatives are...
Consul General Sue Saarnio (front center) and employees of the U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana support Fundación Esperanza de México by building a house during the Day of Service events for the Fourth of July. Photo by Jose Noriega

ConGen Tijuana celebrates July Fourth by giving back to local community

By Angie Gomez Martelli  In lieu of a traditional Independence Day celebration, the U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana organized community service events to support local nonprofits affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The consulate’s Community Service...
From left, front to back: Sgt. Delores Johnson, Sgt. Ricardo Montero-Rincon, Sgt. Austin Foushee, Regional Security Officer John Pelesh, (center) Consul General Joel Reifman, (from right, front to back) Sgt. Bradley Yates, Sgt. Nathaniel LeGros, Sgt. Steven Burgett, Staff Sgt. Andrew Teel, and Assistant Regional Security Officer Michael Lee pose in front of the U.S. Consulate General in Hyderabad, June 25. Photo by Abdul Samad

ConGen Hyderabad welcomes Marine Security Guard Detachment

By John Pelesh Marine Security Guards (MSGs) are a key part of regional security offices (RSO) worldwide. They work with security teams to protect embassies and consulates, allowing American diplomats to safely advance U.S. interests...

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