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Organizations for Foreign Service and Other Expatriates

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The Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide, sponsors of this website, have been representing American diplomatic familes for decades. For more information, please visit our About AAFSW section.
American Foreign Service Protective Association. Insurance, legal assistance,
senior and retirement information.
American Foreign Service Association.  The union for U.S. Foreign Service personnel.  Site contains information on legislative, management, and personnel issues affecting active-duty and retired members of all U.S. Foreign Service agencies.
American Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center provides support to American women who are victims of domestic violence while living overseas.
The Diplomatic Security Special Agents Association has a website with membership information.
The Diplomatic Security Foundation (DSF) provides timely financial support and charitable contributions to  members of the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service, security professionals, and other colleagues in the law enforcement and foreign affairs communities.
This “global portal for diplomats” is sponsored by an independent, non-profit organization for diplomats. The site includes post reports (adapted from the original State Department versions) as well as other post-specific information.
Expat Exchange features discussion forums and opportunities for “networking.”
Networking site for expatriate women of all nationalities.
CANDOER Communicators and Others Enjoying Retirement. Membership in the CANDOER Retirement Group is free and open to anyone who has previously worked for, or with, or now works for, or with, the Department of State, Office of Diplomatic Communications (DC), Office of Communications (OC), Office of Information Management (IM), Office of Logistics Management (LM), or Information Resource Management (IRM). Members’ spouses are automatic members and are encouraged to attend luncheons.
Search for local women’s groups by country and city! The Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas Inc. is an international network of 78
independent clubs with a combined membership of over 17,000 women in 35 countries worldwide.
Federal Globe advocates for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender employees of the federal government.
Home page of the Foreign Service Youth Foundation, a non-profit organization providing information, outreach and support for the  internationally mobile familes of U.S. Foreign Affairs agencies. The site includes publications, links, information about local youth activities, and other resources. Also on Facebook.
Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFAA) The officially
recognized organization representing the concerns of gay and lesbian personnel
and their families in the State Department, USAID, Foreign Commercial
Service, Foreign Agricultural Service, and other foreign affairs agencies
and offices. Also on Facebook.
The Senior Living Foundation is a private, non-profit organization established to help retired, aging members of the American Foreign Service and their spouses gain access to resources, and in some cases, to provide financial support.
Online U.S. diplomatic history archive produced by the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training.
Basic community site for expatriates has free classified advertisements
and a discussion board.
Easy Expat is a portal site for expatriates, with moderated message boards, a blogging feature and information on various cities of the world.
The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training has a collection of nearly 900 oral histories provided by members of the American Foreign Affairs community (available on CD from the website), as well as a series of books on diplomats and diplomacy.
Diplomatic and Consular Officer, Retired, is a foundation to further international understanding through public education on foreign affairs. There is a small collection of articles on “Life and Work in the Foreign Service” on the website.
The USAID Alumni Association is a networking and professional development association for former employees of the U.S. Agency for International Development.

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