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AAFSW at a Glance


The Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW) was established in 1960 and is the oldest non­-governmental organization supporting the American diplomatic community.

AAFSW is a primary advocate and serves as a support network for family members of Foreign Service employees. AAFSW advocacy was responsible for the creation of the Family Liaison OfficeOverseas Briefing Center, and the Foreign Service Youth Foundation.

AAFSW membership extends to all of the foreign affairs agencies. We participate in the Inter­Agency Roundtable (quarterly information ­sharing events for family member support offices from all foreign affairs agencies) and the Foreign Affairs Council (a forum for non­-governmental organizations related to the Foreign Service.

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Foreign Affairs Day 2017

Foreign Affairs Day Friday, May 5, 2017 Department of State Foreign Affairs Day is celebrated every year on the first Friday in May. This year, on May 5, 2017, the Foreign Service Community got together in the Department of State to discuss the state of foreign affairs with other professionals and interact with the various […]

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Highlights of ASEAN

On Friday, May 26, 2017, at the Dean Acheson Auditorium in the Department of State, the Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW) hosted over four hundred guests for a unique and beautiful cultural program, coordinated by the AAFSW Program Chair, Sheila Switzer, and presented by the ASEAN Women’s Circle (AWC), a social organization […]

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AAFSW Presents a Special Musical Soiree

A Special Musical Soirée Saturday, September 23 at 7:00 p.m. “A Musical Trip around the World” featuring  Deborah Miller, Lyric Soprano  and Jennifer Heemstra, Pianist DACOR Bacon House, Washington DC AAFSW and the AAFSW FUN FOR FUNDS FUNDRAISING EVENTS COMMITTEE cordially invite you to welcome the Fall on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. […]

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AAFSW Supports Mobile Entrepreneurs: EFM Business Directory

With the current Federal hiring freeze, it’s more important than ever for AAFSW to support mobile entrepreneurship as an employment option for Foreign Service family members. If you offer a product or service (including freelance or nonprofit work), please list your enterprise at http://efmbusiness.aafsw.org/. Please also use the EFM Business Directory as a customer, to […]

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