Mission Statement

The mission of the Humanitarian Information Unit (HIU) is to serve as a U.S. Government interagency center to identify, collect, analyze, and disseminate all-source information critical to U.S. Government decision-makers and partners in preparation for and response to humanitarian emergencies worldwide, and to promote innovative technologies and best practices for humanitarian information management.

To accomplish this mission, the HIU performs the following tasks:

  • Identifies key sources of geospatial and georeferenced data best suited to meet the information requirements of our consumers;
  • Collects timely, verifiable, and relevant data utilizing an extensive network of information partnerships;
  • Analyzes data using multi-agency expertise and applying proven technologies to determine significant trends and relationships; and
  • Disseminates information of value to all levels of consumers, from national-level policymakers to operational field managers.

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. Agency for International Development (USAID), U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), and other technical and specialist personnel.


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.


Browse through our open guide collection, including guides on GeoNode and our Imagery to the Crowd workflow.


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


If you have general questions, please contact HIU at HIU_INFO@state.gov.