Costa Rica


DACR is the official country committee for US Democrats living in Costa Rica.  We're an active group who get together to talk politics, learn about issues, register absentee voters and work to ensure more Democrats in state and Federal offices.  DACR usually holds a monthly meeting the last Saturday of the month plus other scheduled special events such as potluck parties, picnics, film showings and fundraisers.  Meetings include invited speakers on U.S. or Costa Rican topical issues.

Our mission is to help Americans living abroad to register to vote and to request their absentee ballots with, to elect Democrats, and to educate Americans living, working, serving, and/or studying abroad about issues and legislation that affects them.

 Democrats Abroad is the official arm of the Democratic Party for US citizens living outside the United States and its territories. The Democratic Party is the only major American political party that affords its members this opportunity. Democrats Abroad holds seats on the Democratic National Committee and sends a voting delegation to its national convention to nominate our candidate for President. Democrats Abroad Costa Rica (DACR) is one of more than 100 country committees of Democrats Abroad, the official affiliate of the Democratic Party for millions living outside of the U.S. 

If you have questions or would like to help with Democrats Abroad in Costa Rica please contact us.

Kathy Rothschild Chair 
Democrats Abroad – Costa Rica

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DA Costa Rica Leadership:

| DACR Chair
| DACR Vice-Chair | DACR Environmental Policy Coordinator
| DACR Secretary
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  • News

    DACR at Pride Parade


    On June 25th, Movimiento Diversidad organized a massive Pride Parade in downtown San José. Costa Rican government officials, corporations, and a handful of embassies joined in support of the LGBT community through Avenida Segunda and Paseo Colón. A record-breaking 80,000 people marched last Sunday.

    Democrats Abroad Costa Rica was present at the event. DACR proudly displayed a rainbow colored Classic VW Bus. Hundreds of people took pictures of the bus and were given Resistance Summer postcards.

    If you are interested in seeing pictures of the parade, please visit the following link:

    We plan to participate next year. Stay tuned!

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    Democrats Abroad @ Marcha de la Diversidad


    JUNE 25TH Democrats Abroad will be joining forces with Movimiento Diversidad (Pride Costa Rica). It is Democrats Abroad Costa Rica’s first action of Summer Resistance. We will be having a float in the Pride March this Sunday, June 25th in San José. Please join us in showing our support for the LGBTQ community in Costa Rica.

    A Classic VW bus will be painted in rainbow colors, and we will march alongside with banners.

    We will meet at noon at Parque Benemeritos de la Patria (Avenida Segunda, Calle 38).

    If it is possible, please make a sign to carry.

    If by any circumstance you cannot find Democrats Abroad at Parque Benemeritos de la Patria, go to Paseo Colón and look for Steve’s bright red VW bus (our float). If you still can’t find the VW bus, please contact Kathy 8572-2984. 

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    Upcoming Events

    Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 09:30 AM
    Little Theater Group in San Rafael de Escazú, Costa Rica

    July 29th Meeting

    Back by popular demand, Róger Madrigal, Chief Economist of the Central Bank. 

    Find out all you wanted to know about how the exchange rate is set, how gasoline rates are calculated, how the Costa Rican economy is affected by the current US administration, and what is Costa Rica planning considering possible changes in trade relations with the US. Also, just back from China, his impressions should be very interesting. All in all – not a meeting you want to miss.

    July 29th, 2017 9:30 am – 12:00 pm 

    Little Theatre Group in San Rafael de Escazú
    (RSVP for Map and details)


    (Contribution goes towards coffee, iced tea, meeting space & the Get Out the Vote campaign)


    50-50 DRAWING: Bring extra money for the 50-50 drawing to win a chance at receiving 50% of what is raised from it.

    TICKETS: ₡1,000 each

    (money raised goes towards our Get Out the Vote efforts)



    Those desiring a free ride to Escazú can meet at Teatro Nacional by 8:30 am promptly or earlier if all who reserved are present. We will provide a free ride back to San José at 12:15 pm.

    Email Maxine

    You NEED to make a reservation for a ride.



    We are honored to have such a distinguished guest as Róger Madrigal

    We expect a high turnout, and we urge you to RSVP early

    You MUST reserve a seat for admission. This will be a sellout for sure.



    If you have any questions, please call Kathy at 2244-2247 or email DemocratsAbroadCostaRica@gmail

    ABOUT Róger Madrigal

    He is currently the Chief Economist of the Central Bank. He is responsible for advising Bank authorities in monetary, exchange, and financial system policy. The Economic Division is responsible for advising the Board and provides information on the Costa Rican economy in the form of statistical synthesis and economic research. One of his tasks is to present a monthly report to the Board on the state of the economy and if necessary, present monetary, foreign exchange rate and financial system policies. He oversees four departments and a staff of approximately 140 people.

    Bachelor in Statistics, University of Costa Rica
    Bachelor in Economics, University of Costa Rica
    Master in Economics, Ohio State University
    Ph.D., Ohio State University 

    (And, our treasurer, Miguel’s father)