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Millions of U.S. citizens live overseas, and millions more travel overseas every year.  The overwhelming majority have safe and enjoyable experiences abroad.  Inevitably, events occur in which our citizens overseas are injured, arrested, or die, go missing, or are victims of crime or domestic abuse.  American citizens overseas are also affected by local events including civil unrest, pandemics, natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and other mass casualty events. Among those who provide assistance in these situations are State Department staff serving overseas and in Washington, who coordinate with local officials to assist the affected citizens and their families.  During a 40 year career as a Foreign Service officer, Michele Bond served in assignments with increasing levels of responsibility for ensuring effective, efficient crisis management in response to incidents affecting U.S. citizens overseas, including Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Overseas Citizens Services and Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs.   She will provide specific tips to help you or your loved ones travel abroad safely, and respond wisely to unforeseen threats.  She will also discuss resources which are available to assist U.S. citizens in distress overseas and their families back in the United States.

Michele Thoren Bond is a former Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs, with expertise in visa and immigration policy, crisis management, intercountry adoption and public advocacy. A former U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Lesotho, and Consul General in Amsterdam, she served as a Foreign Service Officer for 40 years. Her foreign assignments included Guatemala, Belgrade, Stockholm, Prague and Moscow. Ambassador Bond was the official face of U.S. adoptions during her tour at Embassy Moscow, meeting with court and orphanage officials, and appearing on Russian public media, to counter skepticism and false information about foreign adoptions. In 2010, she led a U.S.-Haitian initiative to accelerate the departure of hundreds of orphans whose adoptions by American families were pending when the earthquake struck. In 2015, she spearheaded a successful international effort to resolve a two-year suspension of adoptions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Ambassador Bond is President of the Board of the International Student House of Washington, a residence for international and U.S. graduate students. She also serves on the Board of the American Academy of Diplomacy. An honors graduate of Wellesley College, she earned master’s degrees at Georgetown University and the National War College. Her husband, Clifford G. Bond, is also a retired diplomat and a former U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
They have four adult children and four grandchildren, and live in Washington DC.

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