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Our Mission

American Citizens Abroad's (ACA, Inc.) mission is to educate, advocate and inform both the US Government and US Citizens living and working overseas on issues of concern to the overseas US Citizen community.  The US State Department estimates this community to be nearly 9 million strong (US State Department Chart of Statistics).

ACA works to find practical solutions to resolve issues impacting overseas US Citizens and communicates results to constituents stateside and abroad.  ACA is the premier thought-leader on issues affecting US Citizens living and working overseas.

  • ACA educates both the US Government and US Citizens living and working overseas on critical issues impacting the overseas American community.
  • ACA advocates for practical, implementable solutions that allows the community of US Citizens overseas to thrive, while continuing to contribute to the US society and economy. ACA solutions are driven by the following criteria; achievability, practicality and ease of implementation.
  • ACA informs the community of US citizens overseas by monitoring legislation, engaging in dialogue with the Legislative, Administrative and Judicial branches of the US government. ACA gathers knowledge by consulting with professional experts in relevant fields, canvasing our members, monitoring the media and fielding research projects via our sister organization American Citizens Abroad Global Foundation (ACAGF).

ACA, Inc. is a membership organization incorporated as a nonprofit organization under the laws of the State of Delaware. Its structure and operations fall within the rules applicable to an exempt social welfare organization (section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code). Alongside it is American Citizens Abroad Global Foundation, organized as a publicly-supported charity under section 501(c)(3). There are no other organizations related to either ACA or ACAGF. Neither of these organizations has authorized any individual, entity or other person to represent it or operate in its name in any jurisdiction. Nor has either authorized any person to open on its behalf a representative office in any jurisdiction. Nor has either licensed any person to utilize the name American Citizens Abroad, Inc. or American Citizens Abroad Global Foundation. ACA and ACAGF claim all protections by US and international copyright laws and other applicable laws.

ACA favors a balanced approach to subjects, supporting efforts that provide tangible results. Developing practical, realistic and implementable recommendations and proposals that will help Americans abroad and provide them with solutions to their issues.

ACA is nonpartisan and does not support any political group.

ACA does not support or campaign for any candidates. It does not provide tax, legal or investment advice. It does not market the services of any person or group.

Our Organization

ACA’s leadership consists of American citizens who have lived or are living abroad. They bring with them a wealth of personal and professional knowledge from a variety of fields. 

ACA is headquartered in Washington, DC and has country Chapters in Geneva/Lausanne and London.  ACA hosts informal get-togethers for ACA members and sponsors Town Hall Evening where practical information on topics of interest to the community are held. Please contact ACA at for more information on the Swiss and UK Chapters.

ACA relies on members and regularly polls them.  ACA encourages members to write or provide us with their testimonials, on the issues affecting them.

ACA Advisory Committee. The ACA Advisory Committee serves to review and evaluate the organization’s progress, its work and initiatives, and advise on policies that will grow the organization.  ACA Advisory Committee members are individuals that have established themselves as thought leaders and professionals in areas related to issues concerning the overseas American community and stand out for their contribution to the international community. For more information on the ACA Advisory Committee please contact:

ACA press team works with the Press & Media to insure that the issues facing Americans overseas are being addressed by journalists and discussed in public.

(This page was updated December 7, 2016)