At the U.S. Consulate in Rio de Janeiro, our role during the COVID-19 pandemic has been focused on assisting U.S. citizens, identifying opportunities to assist our Brazilian partners, and helping to provide our own government with a timely and accurate picture of the public health situation in Brazil. My consular colleagues have helped repatriate Americans looking to return home and our public affairs team has been making sure that we confront misinformation about the epidemic, while providing an accurate picture of what the U.S. Government is doing to assist our Brazilian partners. Diplomacy is, by definition, an activity that usually involves significant people-to-people contact, so we have had to learn how to do many of these tasks in new ways, meeting virtually and employing new information technology systems. The adaptability, resilience, and openness to innovation of so many of our colleagues has helped keep Department of State operations going during this crisis.
Mr. Jesse S. Levinson
Distance Class of 2016
Political and Economic Section Chief
Department of State
U.S. Consulate General Rio de Janeiro