Who We Are

Democrats Abroad is the official Democratic Party arm for the 9 million Americans living outside the United States. We strive to provide Americans abroad a Democratic voice in our government and elect Democratic candidates by mobilizing the overseas vote.

Democrats Abroad has 48 country committees throughout Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. These country committees keep Americans abroad informed of their rights and help them participate in the U.S. political process. Our members live in more than 200 countries around the globe and vote in every state and Congressional district in the U.S.

Democrats Abroad is recognized as a "state" party by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and is represented on the DNC by eight voting members, as well as at the quadrennial Democratic National Convention.

Our online voter registration tool - votefromabroad.org - makes it easy to request a ballot and vote absentee from any place on the planet.

Get Involved

Want to make your voice heard? If you haven't yet, join Democrats Abroad. Then sign up to volunteer and phonebank to help Americans abroad exercise their right to vote this year!

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  • From the Calendar

    Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 06:00 PM through May 28, 2022 at 6:00pm Paris Time · 5 rsvps

    Memorial Day OSS Commemoration Events

     
    In advance of Memorial Day weekend French special forces veterans supported by the American community are organizing a special ceremony honoring the 80th anniversary of the founding of the OSS (Office of Strategic Services)—from which the CIA was created in 1947.
     
    Democrats Abroad Toulouse will be taking part in these Memorial Day commemorations honoring two OSS commandos killed during a secret mission in the Tarn in August 1944.
     
    Democrats Abroad members are warmly invited to attend these events. Family members related to that OSS mission are traveling from the States to take part. Support from the local American community is particularly sought.

    Events Taking place (May 26-May28):

    Thursday, May 26th: former Chair of DA Toulouse, Meredith Wheeler, will be hosting a special WELCOME reception at 6pm at her home for visiting Americans, followed by a group dinner at Lautrec’s best restaurant, Le Jardin du Clocher (30€ prix fix not including wine; booking required by May 7th).

    Thursday, May 26th: An extra element in this year's commemorations is the opportunity to do a tandem parachute jump yourself with the Albi Parachute Club at a special group rate (220€) organized by French veterans.

    Friday, May 27 at 10:00 am near Viane: A parachute drop (weather-permitting) featuring both American and French paratroopers landing on the actual drop zone where the OSS mission landed in 1944 will honor the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Office of Strategic Services. 

    The event will be followed by a group lunch in the Café de Paris in Brassac (booking required). 

    Saturday, May 28 at 10:00 am in Le Rialet: Commemoration ceremonies with honor guard where floral tributes will be laid at the two steles honoring the OSS Commandos killed in action and French Resistance fighters.

    Veteran associations will be present along with local dignitaries, the local American community and American relatives of OG PAT members. The WW2 re-enactors will also be on hand, adding both color and historic detail to the event.

    A group lunch will follow hosted by the Mayor of Le Vintrou (booking essential).

    There is also an opportunity to visit the sites linked to the OSS mission in the Tarn, where plaques commemorate their contribution.

    For further details or to book for any of the group meals, please RSVP. 

    Friday, May 27, 2022 at 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 25 rsvps
    Zoom in Washington, DC

    Monthly Friday Casual Social

    Democrats Abroad Global Seniors and Disability Caucuses invite you to join us for our monthly Social -- a time for Seniors and members of the Disability Caucus to connect with one another and discuss topics of concern and information. We will reflect, discuss, plan, and strategize together from the comfort of our own homes and with no duties or assignments! This will be fun as we can discuss freely any topic we would like.  

    When: Friday May 27, 2022 at 9.00 am Eastern time

    Where: on Zoom. 
    Vancouver CA 6:00 AM PDT
    Washington DC 9:00 AM EDT
    London UK 2:00 PM BST
    Paris FR 3:00 PM CET
    Hanoi VN 8:00 PM ICT
    Beijing CN 9:00 PM CST

  • News

    Enough Is Enough

    Democrats Abroad joins our nation as it grieves the latest round of senseless shootings with innocent lives taken. We extend our deepest sympathy to all those impacted by these tragic events and resolve to fight every day for a country where everyone feels safe. However, it is not enough to be horrified by these events. We must act. In the past ten days, the United States has had 17 mass shootings with 43 killed and 79 injured. Two of them – in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas – made global headlines. In both cases, the 18-year-old suspects were able to acquire assault weapons – legally. Democrats Abroad deplores Republican lawmakers’ failure to enact legislation that would protect the people of America. Why do we continue to allow opponents of gun control to stand in the way of legislation that would prevent innocent lives being taken during their daily routines? Americans need to break that cycle – and legislators who will prioritize our children’s lives over money from the gun lobby. It’s time we acknowledge that what we are doing isn’t working. Americans around the globe can do more than offering heartache, thoughts and prayers. We owe families more than condolences. Globally, we are more than six million strong, and we must vote to change the laws that allow these attacks to happen. We must elect Democrats who will stand up for the American people, against the gun lobby, and for sensible gun legislation. Stand together. Take action.  Call your Congressional Representative and US Senators to demand they take action on guns and gun violence. Look up their contact details here. Commit to asking five Americans living abroad to request their ballot at VoteFromAbroad.org. Show your support on National Gun Violence Awareness Day and Wear Orange Weekend on June 3-5. Find out more at wearorange.org. Like and share our voting information on social media, including on our Democrats Abroad Facebook page and Vote from Abroad Facebook page. Be the margin of victory! Our record of bringing home the overseas vote has proven to make the difference in close races. Consider a donation to support our efforts at democratsabroad.org/donate. Press inquiries can be directed to [email protected]
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    The Path Forward

    The Supreme Court’s draft opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade, leaked late last night by Politico, makes unmistakably clear what the Republican agenda is: an unprecedented assault on women and families in the United States.  For more than a generation, the right to reproductive freedom has been the law of the land. When a far-right administration took office in 2016, we knew that this right was in grave danger. Fast forward to 2022, and we now have three more ultra-conservative, anti-choice justices on the Supreme Court. The looming fate of Roe is the direct consequence of the 2016 election. That many of us saw this coming does not make the blow less painful or severe. But we can fight back. 2022 is also a decisive election year. Together, we must put in place both federal and state legislatures that fairly represent the will of the majority. This cannot wait.   Let us not forget in this dark moment that we have the power to elect legislators who will respect the law of the land and the will of the people this November. We must wield it. 34 U.S. Senate seats, all 435 U.S. Representative seats, 46 state legislatures, and 36 state governorships are on the ballot. These are the offices that will determine access to abortion and reproductive health care in the absence of Roe. REQUEST YOUR BALLOT FOR 2022 What you feel right now: do not forget it. Instead, resolve to turn this moment into collective action. Ways to fight back can be found in this statement from DA's Global Women's Caucus. Raise your voice. Vote. And bring other people with you.  In Solidarity, Ann Hesse, DA Global Women's Caucus Chair Candice Kerestan, DA International Chair
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