THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
Foreign Service life. By joining DS, Eversley discovered, he could
continue his law enforcement career as a diplomat—the perfect
combination for him.
A Multiplicity of Skills
Given the vast demands of the job, DS agents must come
equipped with a variety of skills to be successful. Dur-
ing my own tenure with DS, I have often noted, and at
times been envious of, the skills that DS agent immi-
grants or children of immigrants innately possess.
Eversley believes that his experience growing up
poor in a developing country is advantageous when
working in challenging overseas locations. “Little of
what I experienced in Cameroon, Senegal, Nicara-
gua, Equatorial Guinea or any other of the develop-
ing countries where I served was surprising,” he says.
“Having dinner at a Foreign Service National’s home,
sitting on a cinder block while holding a plate and
having a conversation was not new to me. Walking into
a poor, crime-ridden neighborhood while conducting
investigations does not make me uncomfortable. I feel
camaraderie and kinship with people living in these
conditions because I grew up the same way. This makes
my work easier because I can gain the trust of those who
are likely to provide information that could be beneficial to the
Strong interpersonal skills are a hallmark of many DS agents,
and especially agents with multicultural backgrounds.
Poulsen recalls that while he was working in Afghanistan, one
of his local contacts was hospitalized. Having spent time gaining
The U.S. Consulate Shanghai Dragon Boat Rowing team competes in 2014,
Miguel Eversley is the last rower in the top boat.
Miguel Eversley (inset, second from left) as a child in Panama and, in 2006, providing
security services to the U.S. Navy at Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.