Vanessa Freeman – The Multifaceted Responsibilities of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security

superbrain circleNearly 2000 federal agents strong, DS is responsible for a myriad of tasks within the U.S. Department of State: affording for the safe conduct of diplomacy, protecting U.S. Embassies and Consulates overseas and upholding the integrity of U.S. travel documents by conducting felony investigations. In addition, VIP protection and assisting with security for major  events, such as the Olympics, provide the opportunity for once in a life time experiences as well as unique liaison stories.


Supervisory Special Agent Vanessa C. Freeman joined the Foreign Service in September 2002.  Prior to becoming a Diplomatic Security (DS) Special Agent, Vanessa attended the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and graduated in 2001 with B.A.’s in International Relations and Political Science and a minor in Economics.

Vanessa’s domestic assignments as a Special Agent with the DS included serving in the Washington field office, a long-term TDY in DS Headquarters and an assignment to the Secretary of State’s Operations Center in Main State as a DSS Watch Officer.  In 2005, she was assigned as an Assistant Regional Security Officer (ARSO) at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt.  After two years in Egypt, Vanessa volunteered for a one-year ARSO assignment to Islamabad, Pakistan where she also served as the Acting Regional Security Officer (RSO) in Lahore for 30 days.  From 2008 till 2011, Vanessa was the RSO for the U.S. Embassy in Ljubljana, Slovenia.  Upon the completion of her RSO tour, Vanessa returned to the D.C. area and is currently the Branch Chief for the Criminal Intelligence and Research at DS Headquarters.

Vanessa received several awards during her career including recognition for her work after the terrorist bombing in Dahab, Egypt and a death investigation at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad.

This is just one of many programs at this year’s RG – return to the program page to read more about other confirmed speakers and events!

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