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Foreign Service Focus

Foreign Service Focus

Rebecca Billings, a foreign affairs officer with the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcements Affairs, will speak twice on Wednesday, 30 January.

At noon in 238 HRCB, Billings will address “Afghanistan: Lessons from the Largest Criminal Justice Reform Program Ever Attempted.”

Then from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., she will conduct “Diplomacy Careers: Foreign Service, Civil Service, and Internship Strategies” also in 238 HRCB.

Billings currently serves as a foreign affairs officer for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcements Affairs (INL) in the office of Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Created in 1978, INL implements programs in over fifty countries. Though initially designed to minimize the impact of international crime and illegal drugs on the United States and its citizens, INL has expanded to become the primary implementer of U.S. foreign assistance in the criminal justice sector.

She and her team focus on assisting the Afghan government and civil society develop a fair, humane, effective, and sustainable criminal justice system accessible to the Afghan people.

Billings has worked for the State Department since July 2003 and has held a variety of positions during that time, including in the political section at the U.S. Embassy in Quito, Ecuador, covering human trafficking issues in Europe and Asia, working in the front office of the Bureau for Overseas Buildings Operations, and working in the executive secretariat assisting Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice with her overseas travels.

She graduated with both an MA and a BA in humanities from Brigham Young University and is originally from Seattle, Washington.

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