Office of Civil Rights
September 15, 2011

Date: 09/07/2011 Description: Hispanic Heritage Month 2011: Cristina N Porrata - State Dept Image

Cristina is a student career/conditional employment participant (SCEP) with the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Directorate of Overseas Citizens Services. She currently works as a Citizens Services Specialist in the Office of American Citizens Services and Consular Crisis Management, European Division. Cristina first came to the Department as an intern, an eager young professional with a passion for international diplomacy, in Spring of 2010. Quickly learning that while the Department plays a vital role in world affairs, its primary role is the protection of U.S. citizens abroad. Cristina works to support her colleagues overseas and in Washington to ensure the safety of U.S. citizens by participating on numerous recent task forces - the 2010 Haiti and Chile earthquakes, civil unrest in Egypt and Libya, the New Zealand earthquake, the Japan earthquake, amongst others.

Cristina is a second generation Cuban-American whose family came to the U.S. following the Cuban revolution of 1955. She is active in her community having worked with the Cubanos en Exile organization in Miami, Florida, and as a tutor for 6-12 grade school children in Fairfax, Virginia. She encourages young, Hispanic professionals and students to continue to strive towards progress in an effort to display the vast and rich culture that encompasses the Latin world.

“Our diversity is an inherit characteristic of the U.S.A. We should work to protect it and to demonstrate it. While we are always Americans, we are also Hispanics, Latinos, Asians, Europeans, Africans, Islanders, etc. We hold onto both cultures and we share it with others.”- Cristina Porrata