Mission Statement

The HIU identifies, creates, and disseminates multidisciplinary information and analysis to U.S. Government decision makers and humanitarian partners. Our subject matter experts produce written and visual analytics on a range of current and enduring humanitarian challenges and complex emergencies worldwide. The HIU employs geographic methods and technologies, serves as an information-sharing node, and manages projects that facilitate the creation of geospatial data.

The HIU is part of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, U.S. Department of State. Its staff is composed of personnel from the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), and other technical and specialist personnel. The HIU also closely collaborates with partners in the U.S. Agency for International Development, NGOs, and others in the humanitarian community.


Learn more about our initiatives, such as MapGive and Secondary Cities.


Visit our careers page if you are interested in a career or internship with the HIU.

Satellite Imagery

For information on commercial satellite imagery requests.


Learn more about our open source software, developer resources, APIs, and websites.


If you have general questions, please contact HIU at INR-GGI-HIU@state.gov.