Ted Kaufman - United States Senator for Delaware

Great Federal Employees Initiative

Honoree for Week of May 3, 2010

Alyson McFarland

Program Development Officer, Department of State

Alyson McFarland had only worked at the State Department for three years when she found herself in the middle of a tense diplomatic situation.  She was working as a Program Development Officer at our consulate in the northern Chinese city of Shenyang, near the North Korean border.  One summer day, in 2002, three North Korean refugees jumped over the consulate wall, seeking asylum.  Alyson was one of the only Korean-speakers working in the consulate, and she quickly became instrumental in communicating with the refugees and authorities from the Chinese and South Korean governments.  By playing a key role in supporting the negotiations with the refugees and government officials, she helped enable the asylum-seekers to reach freedom in South Korea.  At the time of the incident, she was only twenty-eight years old. 

Read Senator Kaufman's full remarks on Alyson McFarland HERE

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