Crisis Abroad! Every Diplomat Becomes a Consular Officer When American Citizens Need Our Help

  • 22 Apr 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • Online


Virtual Panel Discussion

Crisis Abroad! Every Diplomat Becomes a Consular Officer When American Citizens Need Our Help

with Ambassador Maura Harty,

U.S. Department of State


Wednesday, April 22, 2020 | 12:00 pm-1:15 pm


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Talking Points

  • What are the normal roles of an Embassy and our diplomats?
  • How do roles (necessarily) change in an emergency?
  • Consular work: the original mission of The Department if State
  • What’s happening in Washington, as a crisis unfolds overseas?
  • How can you best prepare for the unexpected, if you plan a trip abroad?

[ARTICLE] US State Department Brings Home More Than 50,000 Americans In Coronavirus Crisis

About Ambassador Maura Harty

Ambassador Maura Harty is a Senior Advisor in the Leadership and Management School at the George P. Shultz National Foreign Affairs Training Center, U.S. Department of State. She is the immediate past President and CEO of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children, a not-for-profit organization working worldwide to advance child protection and safeguard children from sexual abuse, exploitation and abduction.

Ambassador Harty previously served 27 years as a Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Department of State. As Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs, she led the bureau charged with protecting American citizens abroad, issuing passports to U.S. citizens and providing visa services to foreign nationals. She also directed widespread change in policy and procedure in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, and placed a strong emphasis on national security while facilitating legitimate travel to the United States by foreign visitors.

An expert in crisis management and issues affecting the welfare of American citizens abroad, Ambassador Harty created the Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues (OCI) to address the challenges of intercountry adoption and international parental child abduction. Since its inception, OCI has helped secure the return of hundreds of abducted American citizen children and has facilitated countless intercountry adoptions.

Ambassador Harty also served as Special Assistant to Secretary of State George P. Shultz, Executive Assistant to Secretary Warren Christopher, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Paraguay and Executive Secretary of the Department of State under Secretary Colin Powell.

Ambassador Harty is the recipient of the Presidential Distinguished Service award, the Presidential Meritorious Service award (twice), and the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Honor award. Throughout her Foreign Service tenure, Harty inspired a culture of leadership and reinforced a strong sense of mission, unity and service.

Ambassador Harty is Chairman of the Board of CNA, a non-profit research and analysis organization devoted to independent and objective analysis of public issues and also is a member of the Board of Directors of the Senior Living Foundation of the Foreign Service.

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