Bureau of Human Resources Deputy Assistant Secretary Philippe Lussier gave remarks at the locally employed (LE) staff nameplate unveiling ceremony last December. The event honored the lives of seven LE staff who worked for the Department of State and U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) at U.S. Embassies abroad when they lost their lives. Representatives from the USAGM attended, as well as principal officials from the Bureau of Diplomatic Security and each of the regional bureaus of the LE staff honored. “[LE staff] are truly the backbone of our institutions. Their work is indispensable to advancing our foreign policy goals at more than 276 embassies and consulates worldwide,” said Lussier.

Department honors lives of fallen LE Staff

Bureau of Human Resources Deputy Assistant Secretary Philippe Lussier gave remarks at the locally employed (LE) staff nameplate unveiling ceremony last December. The event honored the lives of seven LE staff who worked for...
The 2018 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Summit in Singapore sent 125 YSEALI participants from all 10 member nations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States on a tour of American businesses that are technology and innovation leaders in the Indo-Pacific. The InnovateTour of Citi, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, HP Singapore, nuTonomy, Procter & Gamble, Unilever and Verizon gave participants a chance to learn firsthand about the innovative programs and approaches driving these companies. The 2018 YSEALI Summit, which marked the program’s 5th anniversary, was titled “U.S. and ASEAN–Partners in Growth and Innovation.”

Ambassador’s visit highlights socio-economic relations

The 2018 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Summit in Singapore sent 125 YSEALI participants from all 10 member nations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States on a...
Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Assistant Secretary Kirsten D. Madison presents a pin to a Kyiv Patrol Police Academy graduate during a visit to Ukraine last October. Through a partnership with Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, INL supported the overhaul and rollout of the more than 16,000-member Patrol Police nationwide, which replaced the corrupt and inefficient traffic police with a protect-and-serve force. Public approval for the new Patrol Police units reached an unprecedented 70 percent shortly after the launch. This major police reform also improved public perception of the police force from less than 1 percent of the public fully trusting the police in 2013 to nearly 45 percent today.

INL supports major police reform in Ukraine

Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Assistant Secretary Kirsten D. Madison presents a pin to a Kyiv Patrol Police Academy graduate during a visit to Ukraine last October. Through a partnership...
From right: CEO of the Boston Marathon organizing body Tom Grilk joined Boston Marathon winners Lisa Rainsberger (1985) and Greg Meyer (1983) as the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ sports envoys to Egypt, Oct. 23–28, 2018. The three runners mentored Egyptian race organizers from Alex Runners and Cairo Runners and held clinics for local runners, women and youth, including a 5K run past the Giza Pyramids.

Sports envoys stride into Pharaoh Fun Run

From right: CEO of the Boston Marathon organizing body Tom Grilk joined Boston Marathon winners Lisa Rainsberger (1985) and Greg Meyer (1983) as the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ sports envoys to Egypt,...

Education helps displaced communities return home

To help facilitate the safe return of Iraqis displaced by the Islamic State group (IS), commonly referred to as ISIS, the Department of State supports explosive hazard risk education that equips displaced communities with...
World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist Alex Morgan joined the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), the Bureau of International Information Programs and Mission Tanzania for a Facebook Live event, March 21, to celebrate Women’s History Month. The event kicked off ECA’s “Step In, Dream Big” initiative ahead of the 2019 Women’s World Cup to tap into the power of role models, encouraging girls to step into their potential and realize their dreams. Youth athletes, coaches and advocates from Tanzania (where Morgan served as a Department of State sports envoy in 2017) and 20 U.S. embassies, consulates and American centers in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, and South and Central Asia interacted live with Morgan for a 45-minute question and answer session.

Olympian Alex Morgan participates in ECA social media event

World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist Alex Morgan joined the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), the Bureau of International Information Programs and Mission Tanzania for a Facebook Live event, March 21,...
The Bureau of International Information Programs Diversity Working Group—partnering with the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs and the Department of State’s Disability Action Group—hosted the co-founders of John’s Crazy Socks, John and Mark Cronin, March 5. The father-and-son entrepreneur team shared how they took John’s vision to market and now run a company with global recognition. Their company includes 39 employees, 23 of whom have disabilities.

Diversity team shares entrepreneurial success

The Bureau of International Information Programs Diversity Working Group—partnering with the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs and the Department of State’s Disability Action Group—hosted the...

DGHR helps seal history

Director General of the Foreign Service and Human Resources Carol Perez helps authenticate her official commission from the president with Program Specialist Jessica Newcomb from the Presidential Appointments Office, March 20, in the exhibit...
In March, U.S. Ambassador to India Kenneth I. Juster visited Kerala, a state on the southwestern Malabar Coast of India where severe flooding claimed 483 lives last August. Juster toured the impressive Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India’s largest contemporary art exhibition, and interacted with artists and volunteers. The ambassador reflected on the themes of recovery and resilience expressed through the artwork and encouraged continued U.S.-India collaboration in the arts and education.

Kerala art exhibition depicts resilience

In March, U.S. Ambassador to India Kenneth I. Juster visited Kerala, a state on the southwestern Malabar Coast of India where severe flooding claimed 483 lives last August. Juster toured the impressive Kochi-Muziris Biennale,...
U.S. Ambassador to Namibia Lisa Johnson presents certificates, in Windhoek, Namibia, March 29, to health care providers who completed a cervical cancer screening training program led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with support from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. HIV-postitive women are five times more likely to develop and die of cervical cancer than HIV-negative women. However, cervical cancer is detectable, preventable and treatable. This approach—which utilizes something as simple and accessible as table vinegar—will offer Namibian women across the country a cost effective, timely and nurse-empowered option to screen women and immediately treat them for cervical cancer in the same clinical visit. Photo courtesy of Embassy Namibia

Empowering health care providers in Namibia

U.S. Ambassador to Namibia Lisa Johnson presents certificates, in Windhoek, Namibia, March 29, to health care providers who completed a cervical cancer screening training program led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and...

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