Who We Are

Democrats Abroad is the official Democratic Party arm for the millions of 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 42 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 190 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.

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Interested in good opportunities to make your voice heard? Visit our Call Congress page for frequently updated actions. Or check out our country pages in the top navigation and find an event near you. Contact us through our online chat if you have questions! And if you haven't yet, join Democrats Abroad today. We are all stronger together. 

  • News

    DA Statement on the 2020 Census

    The Honorable Trey Gowdy, ChairU.S. House of RepresentativesCommittee on Oversight and Government Reform2157 Rayburn House Office BuildingWashington, D.C. 20515 The Honorable Elijah Cummings, Ranking MemberU.S. House of RepresentativesCommittee on Oversight and Government Reform2471 Rayburn House Office BuildingWashington, D.C. 20515 Re: U.S. Citizenship Question on 2020 Census Dear Chairman Gowdy and Ranking Member Cummings, Thank you for holding today’s hearing on the 2020 census briefing. I appreciate having the opportunity to share with the Committee the collective voices of many of your constituents. As the International Chair of Democrats Abroad, I write today with the American overseas community’s perspective in regard to the Administration’s desire to include asking for respondents’ citizenship status on the upcoming census. As you may know, Democrats Abroad is the official branch of the Democratic National Committee for the millions of U.S. citizens living outside of America’s borders and territories. We closely follow the actions in Congress from abroad and advise our members to take action as appropriate. In addition to nineteen states’ attorneys general[1] and six former Census Bureau directors[2], I offer our perspective of strong opposition to the Department of Commerce’s unnecessarily enquiry about U.S. citizenship. Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution explicitly states the need for the federal government to enumerate the citizenry. In no constitutional clause does it state, suggest, or imply that requesting U.S. citizenship status should be part of this decennial process. The Census Bureau rightly halted this practice in 1950 and to bring it back would be disastrous in 21st-century America. Virtually all interested parties want the 2020 census to be accurate, without fear, and robustly funded by Congress. However, if the subject of citizenship is added, it is likely that this traditionally non-partisan project will be met with fear, hostility, questionable results, and other undesirable outcomes. We believe the Administration is unnecessarily creating opportunities for inaccurate or incomplete census information of your constituents by gravely miscalculating a political move instead of administering sound constitutional policy. Moving to a controversial, citizenship-based census questionnaire is not only preventable but greatly risks the quality of census data to be collected because of the millions of U.S. resident non-citizens - green card holders, refugees, “dreamers,” and many others - who may hesitate to complete the census form due to its overreaching inquiry on citizenship status. By doing so, it would skew the actual population numbers intended for legislative representation, and clearly lead to a misdirected distribution of finite economic resources as appropriated by Congress. If the Committee does move legislation forward relating to the 2020 Census, Democrats Abroad strongly urges for inclusion of legislative language mandating the enumeration of all federally-unaffiliated U.S. citizens living abroad. Democrats Abroad - along with several other interest groups representing expatriate interests - has testified numerous times before Congress over the years calling for our rightful inclusion in the census. Unfortunately, we remain disenfranchised. In light of this continued injustice, a congressional hearing on the estimated nine million Americans living abroad and how to best include them in the 2020 census is needed far more than determining whether a U.S. household is occupied by citizens or immigrants. Again, thank you for the opportunity to be heard on this matter. I respectfully request for this statement to be included into the hearing record, and note that I am readily available via phone or e-mail for any follow-up questions or comments from the Committee. I can be reached at (843) 628-2280 or chair@democratsabroad.org. Sincerely, Julia BryanDemocrats Abroad, International Chair [1] State of California v. Wilbur L. Ross, Jr. et al. (2018), case no. 3:18-cv-01865, United States District Court of Northern California, March 26. [2] Letter from Thompson et al. to Secretary Ross, U.S. Department of Commerce, 26 January.
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    Tom Perez Visits Democrats Abroad

    DNC Chair Tom Perez provided a rallying and soulful talk to Democrats in London on April 26th, highlighting the party’s successes in candidate recruitment and victories in recent congressional, state and local elections.  Summarising the DNC’s actions since the 2016 presidential elections, Perez addressed some hard truths and sketched out a battle plan to re-establish a government that reflected Democratic values.  “Our democracy is on fire!” Perez said. Basic principles, like the independence of the Justice Department and the right to vote, are being attacked by our own government. Free and fair elections are under threat from foreign manipulation. “Even the way the DNC itself operated has been flawed,” he said, referring to candidate favouritism in 2016. “One way that we as Democrats have failed is that we only had a 4 year innovation plan. We worked on coming up with new ideas, new solutions every 4 years to get a president elected. If you’re a business and you’re not innovating every 8 months, you’re in big trouble. The new Democratic Party is addressing that,” he said. “We have a 57 state strategy to organise, recruit and communicate in all states, not just in traditionally blue states. We’re going into red districts, listening to voters, and winning!” “We didn’t get the support we needed in 2016 in some key places because voters lost trust in the Democratic party. The DNC is working to rebuild that trust and to deliver the change that millennials and all of us want to see,” Perez said. “We’re all millennials. We care about healthcare  and employment and pensions. We’re concerned about and addressing income inequality and the needs of our most vulnerable citizens.” “We’re all millennials, no matter what age you are, because you’re all building a bridge to a better Democratic party and a better country.  We’re all part of the transformation of the Democratic Party.” Story by John Scardino, DAUK
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  • From the Calendar

    Monday, May 21, 2018 at 07:00 PM · 14 rsvps
    Le Lutece in Paris, France

    Political Forum in Paris

    The best roundup of the news in town.  Jean-Pierre LaRochelle runs us through the events of the month in a lively discussion with friends and like (or not-so-like) thinkers.  Le Lutece offers food and drink at good prices for those who so desire.

    Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 07:30 PM · €20.00 EUR
    Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam in Amsterdam, Netherlands

    The Fourth Estate - An Evening with the New York Times

    The John Adams Institute, in collaboration with VPRO Television, is happy to announce a special screening of the documentary series The Fourth Estate, a four-part series in which renowned filmmaker Liz Garbus (Bobby Fischer Against The World) documents the Washington bureau of The New York Times during the tumultuous first year of the Trump administration. On this special occasion, The John Adams Institute will bring in two award-winning journalists of The New York Times’ Washington bureau for an on-stage Q&A after the screening of the first episode: Mark Mazzetti and Adam Goldman, both seen in the series. Mazzetti and Goldman are members of the newspaper’s ‘Russia team’, reporting on Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election and the Mueller investigation, for which they were recently awarded with a Pulitzer Prize. 

    After the screening of the first of the four episodes of ‘The Fourth Estate’,Eelco Bosch van Rosenthal, reporter/anchor for Nieuwsuur and a board member at the John Adams Institute, will moderate a Q&A with both journalists and audience.

    ‘The Fourth Estate’ was the closing-night selection of last month’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York. The series will premiere in the US on the Showtime channel on May 27th, five days after the Amsterdam event. VPRO Television will air the series in the Netherlands starting May 29th.

    Liz Garbus’ first day of shooting inside The New York Times newsroom was January 20th, 2017, the day Donald Trump was inaugurated as president. From that moment on, she was present during the many dramatic moments of President Trump’s first year: his announcement of the travel ban, the rise and fall of Steve Bannon, Trump’s escalating war against the press and the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

    Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of alleged collusion with Russian nationals, as well as Trump’s response to the probe, is a recurring theme in the series. We see reporters and editors in their homes, on the road and behind their desks, working their sources – the nuts and bolts of the news process. But more than anything, ‘The Fourth Estate’ shows the world’s leading newspaper being under constant attack from an administration it nevertheless continues to cover relentlessly.

    Mark Mazzetti is a Washington investigative journalist. In 2009, he shared a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the intensifying violence in Pakistan and Afghanistan and Washington’s response. The previous year, he was a Pulitzer finalist for revelations about the C.I.A.’s detention and interrogation program. He is the author of ‘The Way of the Knife’, a New York Times best-selling account of the secret wars waged by the C.I.A. and Pentagon since the Sept. 11 attacks. He is a three-time recipient of the George Polk award in journalism.

    Adam Goldman, before joining the New York Times, covered national security for The Washington Post and worked on the investigative team at The Associated Press, where he and his colleagues revealed the New York Police Department’s Muslim spying programs. Their reporting on the NYPD won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. Adam is the co-author of ‘Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD’s Secret Spying Unit and bin Laden’s Final Plot Against America’. He is a two-time recipient of the George Polk award in journalism.

    Tickets available: www.john-adams.nl/the-fourth-estate/
    Tickets are only available to members of the John Adams and the VPRO. If you are not already a member, you need to buy both a ticket (20 euro) and a separate membership (5 euro). 
    Location: Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam - Rabozaal