"My dedication is to serve the 7 billion human beings on this planet and the other creatures with whom we share it. If you can, help and serve others, but if you can’t at least don’t harm them; then in the end you will feel no regret. " ~ His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
The Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) is the security and law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of State. Diplomatic Security Special Agents are assigned throughout the world at our U.S. Embassies and Consulates as well as domestically. They secure our nation’s diplomacy through overseas security, criminal investigations, and dignitary protection. Diplomatic Security Special Agents also protect the Secretary of State and high-ranking foreign dignitaries and officials visiting the United States.
When His Holiness The Dalai Lama visits the United States, Diplomatic Security protective details are assigned to make sure that his visit is a safe one. I was invited to take images of the team that was assembled to protect him during his visit. Once I was briefed on where I could and could not go and how I should conduct myself in the presence of His Holiness, I was free to photograph him and the DS team.
The next series of images is just a small glimpse into a day in the life of a group of men and women who humbly call themselves the Diplomatic Security Service. With varied backgrounds and skill sets, they proudly protect and serve not only the best interests of the United States of America, but also the well-being of every diplomat and foreign dignitary that they are assigned to protect. Ironically, in this case, it just so happens to be one of the most popular and peaceful people on the planet.