The American Liaison Network and Citizen Liaison Volunteers

The Embassy’s American Liaison Network ensures that we are able to communicate effectively with U.S. citizens in the event of an emergency.  The Network is comprised of Citizen Liaison Volunteers (CLVs), who live through Portugal and help the Embassy to assist U.S. citizens in need.  The American Citizen Services unit is looking for volunteers to serve as CLVs.

CLVs assist travelers in distress, help us track down missing U.S. citizens, and, in the event of a natural disaster or other emergency, help us locate other American citizens so we can help get them to safety.  Most often, however, CLVs are called on to be our ‘eyes and ears’ in the community, providing valuable feedback on what life is like for ordinary U.S. citizens living in Portugal.  Please note that this is a voluntary position that does not imply financial reimbursement.

If you would like to be a CLV or you just want to learn more, please provide us with your full name, date of birth, passport number and your contact details via email at  Once you notify us of your interest, we’ll get back to you with more information and further instructions.