Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Louisiana state seal © Public Domain
Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Louisiana state flag © Public Domain

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For about a 1% investment of the Federal budget, the State Department yields a large return for the American people by advancing U.S. national security, promoting our economic interests, providing services, and reaffirming our country’s exceptional role in the world. Read on to learn how the work of the Department benefits this state’s residents.


  • Jobs and Diplomacy

    • In partnership with agencies across the federal government, the Department of State advances U.S. trade policy objectives by opening new export and job opportunities for American businesses and workers through trade initiatives. In Louisiana, approximately 170,000 U.S. jobs were supported by goods exports (2014) and foreign direct investment supported about 72,000 U.S. jobs (2013). This resulted in $49.2 billion in goods exports from Louisiana (2015). (EB) More»

    • The Department supports the SelectUSA initiative, which facilitated Sasol, a South African company’s $14 billion investment in Louisiana which created 1,200 permanent jobs and 7,000 temporary jobs. SelectUSA is a President Obama initiative that promotes and facilitates investment in the United States as an engine for job growth and economic development. (EB) More»

    • One of the 2015-2016 Veterans Innovation Partnership (VIP) fellows is from Louisiana. The partnership offers U.S. citizen veterans of the American armed forces a one-year paid fellowship to gain experience by working in a U.S. Government international affairs agency. More information on the partnership is available here. (S/GP)

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contributed more than $154,000 to Louisiana’s economy through contracts and federal grants that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • Louisiana hosted foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based international exchange visitor programs. (ECA) More»

    • U.S. Embassy and Baltic American Freedom Foundation sponsored emerging Latvian business leaders’ participation in the Entrepreneur Week Conference in New Orleans. (EUR) More»

    • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in Louisiana. (HR)

  • Education

    • Fulbright Scholarship Awards: 18 Scholars and Students from Louisiana (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Kali Jones): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»

    • Tulane University and Southern University and A&M College hosted Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTA) from Nairobi, Kenya. The FLTA Program aims to strengthen foreign language instruction at U.S. educational institutions by establishing a native speaker presence in the classroom. (AF) More»

    • Zoology research collaboration between Louisiana State University and the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. Such collaborations with universities abroad help U.S. institutions strengthen their programs, promote opportunities for students and faculty and enhance their global presence. (AF) More»

    • 274 exchange visitors from overseas visited Louisiana and 141 Louisiana residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (ECA) More»

    • 85 Brazilian students attended Dillard University, Southern University and A&M College, Tulane University and Xavier University of Louisiana through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. This program is funded by the Brazilian government and the private sector and sends 101,000 Brazilian university students of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to study and conduct research abroad. The U.S. is a priority destination for scholarship recipients, and the program strengthens U.S. and Brazilian institutional partnerships, develops a workforce prepared for 21st century opportunities, and contributes to long-term economic growth for both countries. (WHA) More»

    • The University of Louisiana at Lafayette received a $250,000 grant from the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative to partner with Dibrugarh University to research a foam-assisted CO2 flooding initiative for depleted reservoirs. (SCA) More»

  • Partnerships

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) partnered with the U.S. Attorney for Eastern District of Louisiana, the Orleans Parish Civil District Court, the Orleans Criminal District Court, the 24th Judicial District court, the Jefferson Parish District Attorney, and the Louisiana Supreme Court to host a study tour for ten Tunisian justice sector actors - including judges from the Supreme Judicial Council and prosecutors - to gain insight into the United States judiciary. (INL) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) signed an agreement with the Louisiana Supreme Court in March 2015 to train, advise and mentor foreign judicial sector personnel. This agreement marks the first such Department of State partnership with a state-level Supreme Court. Louisiana jurists have a unique understanding of how civil law jurisdictions operate and have experience collaborating with common law systems, attributes which will be particularly beneficial to INL and the international foreign judicial community. INL has established relationships with state and local law enforcement, corrections, judicial, and other justice sector institutions to access criminal justice expertise. Each state and local partner receives specialized training from the State Department, and develops key relationships overseas which can benefit their work in their own communities. More»

    • The U.S.-China EcoPartnership program between Tulane University and East China Normal University developed a global model for the sustainability of coastal cities. The model focused on restoration, conservation, and enhancement of environmentally sensitive wetland areas. Learn more about EcoPartnerships here. (EAP/OES)

    • The Department of State facilitates the Louisiana National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Belize, founded in 1996. (PM) More»

    • Refugee Arrivals in 2015: 13. The Department works with nine domestic nongovernmental organizations, which place refugees in over 300 affiliated offices in roughly 180 communities around the country. These local offices work closely with community partners, congregations, volunteers, and state and local officials to provide a successful start for refugees rebuilding their lives. Refugee communities have historically enhanced the economic dynamism and cultural vitality of our nation. Refugees contribute to the United States in numerous ways, including by starting businesses and joining the U.S. military. (PRM) More»

    • The Department of State facilitates the Louisiana National Guard State Partnership Program with Ecuador founded in 1996 and Haiti founded in 2011. (PM) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2015: 107,715. (CA) More»

    • The New Orleans Passport Agency comprises 106 government employees and 51 contract employees. (CA) More»

    • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 86. (CA) More»

    • Number of overseas adoptions for Louisiana families in Fiscal Year 2014: 59. The Office of Children's Issues plays an active role in the intercountry adoption process. Its work is dedicated to assisting parents as they seek to provide a home to orphans abroad. (CA) More»

    • The Monumental Earthworks of Poverty Point is UNESCO World Heritage Site. (IO)

    • Diplomatic Security Miami Field Office serves Louisiana: Diplomatic Security has offices throughout the United States staffed with special agents and contract investigators, who conduct criminal, counterterrorism and background investigations. Agents assigned to field and resident offices assist in providing support to the protection of the Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and visiting foreign dignitaries. Liaison with federal and local law enforcement, foreign mission personnel, local officials, and the private sector complements their major responsibilities. (DS – Resident Office: Louisiana Investigative Field OfficeMore»

    • U.S. Department of State published a pamphlet, “New Orleans, Louisiana: Enticing and Carefree”, to encourage trade and tourism by sharing its history, culture, and climate with 2,200 Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish language speakers. (IIP) More»