The United States has a long history of extending a helping hand to those people overseas struggling to make a better life, recover from a disaster or striving to live in a free and democratic country. It is this caring that stands as a hallmark of the United States around the world -- and shows the world our true character as a nation.
U.S. foreign assistance has always had the twofold purpose of furthering America's foreign policy interests in expanding democracy and free markets while improving the lives of the citizens of the developing world. Spending less than one-half of 1 percent of the federal budget, USAID works around the world to achieve these goals.
USAID's history goes back to the Marshall Plan reconstruction of Europe after World War Two and the Truman Administration's Point Four Program. In 1961, the Foreign Assistance Act was signed into law and USAID was created by executive order.
Since that time, USAID has been the principal U.S. agency to extend assistance to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms.
USAID is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. Our Work supports long-term and equitable economic growth and advances U.S. foreign policy objectives by supporting:
* economic growth, agriculture and trade;
* global health; and,
* democracy, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance.
We provide assistance in five regions of the world:
* Sub-Saharan Africa;
* Latin America and the Caribbean,
* Europe and Eurasia; and
* The Middle East.
With headquarters in Washington, D.C., USAID's strength is its field offices around the world. We work in close partnership with private voluntary organizations, indigenous organizations, universities, American businesses, international agencies, other governments, and other U.S. government agencies. USAID has working relationships with more than 3,500 American companies and over 300 U.S.-based private voluntary organizations.
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I am a fluent bi-lingual (English/Spanish) American that has lived in Latin America for 8 years and done business throughout all of Latin America for 15 years. My jobs have involved using my excellent communication and relationship building skills to develop business and manage teams abroad. I have also worked througout Europe, Asia, Africa and some of the Middle East. I would like a senior project management position with USAID that involves working in Latin America.
MISIÓN PERMANENTE DE COLOMBIA
ANTE LA ORGANIZACIÓN DE LOS ESTADOS AMERICANOS
March 5th , 2008
To Whom It May Concern:
I am writing to recommend Ms. Carolina Oporto as a candidate for employment.
I have had the pleasure of working for three years in her position as Legal Liaison Assistance. During that time, Carolina was responsible for translating and editing legal affairs from English to Spanish, advice the Colombian inmates in criminal procedure matters, interpreter from English to Spanish for the Consulate General staff, and others legal issues.
Carolina has excellent communication skills. In addition, she is extremely organized, and reliable. She can work independently and is able to follow through to ensure that the job gets done. She is flexible and willing to work on any project that is assigned to her.
Carolina would be a tremendous asset for your company and has my highest recommendation.
If you have any further questions with regard to her qualifications, please do not hesitate to call me.
Mission of Colombia to the OAS
República de Colombia Departamento Nacional de Planeación
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERM
Hereby, I have the honor and the pleasure to present to Mrs. CAROLINA OPORTO, a prestigious attorney, interpreter and translator whose focus is in legal fields, to whom, since having worked with me during two years, between March 2003 and February 2004, I had the opportunity to know and treat. Mrs. OPORTO advised to the CONSULATE GENERAL OF COLOMBIA in Atlanta, GA and the undersigned was working as Consul General of Colombia in Atlanta.
Because of her duties during her professional position in the Consulate General of Colombia, I can ACREDIATED and CERTIFIED her human, moral, professional and qualities, that distinguishes her as an excellent attorney, a tireless worker, professional for dealing with other people, especially, those who, for some mistake in their life, are serving a sentence. Mrs. OPORTO was working as Legal Adviser of the Consulate, representing the Legal Firm STRONGWATER and ASSOCIATES, dealing with the Colombian nationals who are fulfill sentence into the Jurisdiction of this Consulate General, which includes the Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee States.
Bogotá, D.C., May 10, 2006
GUILLERMO SALAH ZULETA
Counselor of the United Nations and
Legal Adviser of the Director of the National Logistic Department
Calle 26 No. 13- 19 PBX 5960300 www.dnp.gov.co
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