Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
May 2, 2012


The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs brings 206 mid-career and rising foreign professionals to Washington, D.C., May 3-5 for the Professional Fellows Congress. This year’s inaugural program brought exchange participants from 49 different countries and territories to work in state and local government offices, businesses, and non-profit organizations around the United States over the past month.

Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Maria Otero will address the participants on May 3 at 9:30 a.m. at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

The participating fellows come from important institutions in their home countries, including the Afghanistan National Assembly, the Cambodian Human Rights Commission, the Moroccan Central Authority for Corruption Prevention, the Moldovan Ministry of Justice, the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, and the Tunis International Bank, among others and are focused on three thematic areas: legislative process, women’s empowerment, and entrepreneurial development.

American families and communities, including several current members of Congress, in 23 states and the District of Columbia hosted the fellows during their stay in the United States. The fellows worked at a variety of organizations and businesses from Google to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to the Law Library of Congress.

In the last three years, more than 1,700 foreign and American participants have taken part in the Professional Fellows Program. Later this year, over 200 additional foreign professional fellows will come to the United States for the second round of this year’s program. In the final phase of this year’s exchange, more than 300 American participants will travel overseas to spend time in the workplaces and communities of their foreign counterparts.

The Professional Fellows Program is one of a number professional exchange programs funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs each year. For additional details visit http://exchanges.state.gov/citizens/profs.html.

Media inquires contact: Anna Griffin, GriffinAL@state.gov, 202-632-6452



PRN: 2012/688