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AAFSW offers a variety of online resources through our website and additional, external tools.

Evacuee Support

The Evacuee Support Network was started in 1985 by a group of AAFSW members who were concerned about the rising number of family members who were being evacuated from posts around the world, whether from political unrest or medical reasons. Since that time, the ESN has met over 1,000 evacuees and helped get them to their next stop – whether it was just changing planes with an armload of kids, putting them in a taxi to a local hotel, or taking them personally to their destination. We provide the evacuee with information about allowances and lend a helping hand when needed. We can also help Foreign Service family members who return to the area for medical evacuations. This usually means providing transportation help during a medical evacuation.

Over the years, ESN volunteers have met planes at all three local airports, babysat, taken folks to the doctor, given advice on housing, schools and hotels, relayed messages to the evacuee from family members, and been a friend to frazzled, distressed evacuees who are reeling with the enormity of what they are going through. ESN volunteers have lent winter coats, a stroller or two, and sent e-mails for the evacuees to a spouse back at post to let them know all have arrived safely.

1999 was an extremely quiet year for evacuations; 1998 saw us giving the Department of State over 500 volunteer hours to meet many of the evacuees from the 14+ evacuations! You never know what or when the next evacuation will be; there is no “typical” year. Many of the ESN volunteers have been evacuated themselves and share a special kinship with the arriving folks; others simply want to help. Whatever the reason, all AAFSW members are invited to join. Please email for more information.

AAFSW Housing Office

The AAFSW Housing Office is located in room 1252 on the “two/blue” corridor of the Main State Department Building close to the Foreign Service Lounge and American Express. The office is open 10 AM-3 PM most business days. It has provided service to the Foreign Service community since 1960. Originally, STATE Personnel was responsible for assisting newcomers with finding housing. In 1960, funds were cut and the service was discontinued. Rather than see this assistance stop, the AAFSW took it over–first from a desk in the Employee Services Center and then from the space now referred to as the “Housing Office.” It is staffed by volunteers who provide information on area housing and who keep records of properties which employees wish to rent. They also have a large collection of pamphlets on area public transportation.

Each year, the Housing Office produces an up-dated list of short-term housing divided up by region–Washington, Virginia and Maryland. These lists are usually kept by the Community Liaison Office or Administrative Counselor overseas as they are very useful to people returning to Washington for consultation, home-leave or R&R.

AAFSW is currently developing an online database of housing information to be made available in our members-only section. Stay tuned to the front page of this website or to our Global Link newsletter for updates.

For more information about the Housing Office email or call 202-647-3573 or 202-647-3086.

Senior Living

The AAFSW provides informal support and referrals to elderly Foreign Service family members. For more information email

Women in Transition

Support and advice for divorcing spouses or those going through other difficult life adjustments. For more information, email

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