Members of the Office of Economic Sanctions Policy and Implementation pose for a picture. Photo by Lisa Marshall

Leading the frontline on all-government sanctions

By Tarek M. Fahmy The economic pressure campaign against the Iranian regime, nuclear weapons in North Korea, ruthless dictators in Venezuela, human rights violators in South Sudan and corruption in Russia are some of the...
From left: The Pol/Econ team at the embassy art opening Patricia Viscarra, Patricia Kehoe, Brent Corby, Chargé d’Affaires Bruce Williamson, Kimberly Austin, Jose Ribero, Rolf Olson, Stephanie Guerra-Smith, Javier Lopez-Videla and Martin Palermo enjoys showcasing their newly acquired artwork. Photo by Carmen Julia Arze

Embassy La Paz showcases artists with disabilities

By Kimberly Austin The Pol/Econ section at U.S. Embassy La Paz regularly conducts meetings with local contacts, which creates the need for a space that reflects positively on American values. In a country with an...
From left: Wiley Skaret and anti-narcotics police officer, graffiti artist and painter Lt. Oscar Gonzalez pose for a photo at the U.S. Ambassador’s Independence Day Celebration, July 2018. Skaret performed at the event on the James 1 piano, which was designed by Gonzalez. Photo courtesy of Embassy Bogota

EFM raises awareness for Colombian police families

By Kate Bartlett Often working in dangerous areas of the country, the Colombian National Police are at the forefront of the strategy to reduce cocaine production in Colombia, a major priority for Embassy Bogota. They...
ConGen Rio de Janeiro Consular Officer Jenna Paisley answers visa applicants questions during the first Instagram Live for Mission Brazil. Photo by Carlos Kulps

Mission Brazil broadcasts first Instagram Live on visas

By Anne Foss In February, the consular and public affairs sections at the U.S. Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro produced Consular Team Brazil’s first-ever Instagram Live. The initiative was part of Consular Team Brazil’s...
The goal of the “Preventing Harassment at State (PK405)” course is to ensure employees are familiar with the laws and Department policies prohibiting harassment and know how to report allegations of harassment. Illustration courtesy of the Foreign Service Institute

Harassment prevention course helps uphold professional Ethos

By Amanda J. Richard In a ceremony in the C Street lobby of HST, April 26, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo introduced the Department of State’s new professional Ethos statement, emphasizing the idea of  “One...
Children that attended Take Your Child to Work Day, April 25, were sworn in by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and attended an assortment of activities throughout the day. Photo by State Magazine

Children of Department employees join workforce for a day

By Michael Karlsberg More than 1,000 children attended Take Your Child to Work Day, April 25, where the work of the Department of State was put on display. This annual event is held in Washington,...
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issues the formal oath of office at the conclusion of the 150th SOAR class. Photo by Michael Morrison

The 150th Specialist Orientation Class leaves a legacy

By Michael Grantham On Nov. 26, 2018, a group of strangers walked into the William J. Burns auditorium and experienced the first taste of their new Foreign Service careers. The 150th Specialist Orientation Class included...
Ambassador Jean Manes serves meals to families in the waiting room of the Bloom Children’s Hospital. Photo by Juan Carlos Quintero

Online campaign encourages positive action

By Colin Guard A recent Embassy San Salvador social media campaign—to promote volunteerism and increase citizen engagement—significantly outperformed expectations. Public Affairs Section staff who implemented the campaign attribute part of the success to its call...
Participants attend a CCEP-CSO brown bag about careers in conflict management with Deputy Director Chris Wendell. Photo by Nick Dinardo

Exploring career opportunities in conflict prevention

By Nayab Khan The Council for Career Enhancement and Professionalization (CCEP) and the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) partnered for a brown bag event last November to discuss careers in conflict prevention. CCEP,...
More than 1,000 ECA exchange visitors volunteered at fluid stations along the 26.2 mile NYC marathon course. Photo by Jenny Eisenberg

ECA exchange visitors give back to the community

By Jenny Eisenberg For the fourth consecutive year, the largest and most diverse group of volunteers along the 26.2-mile route of the 2018 New York City Marathon last November was comprised of U.S. Department of...

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