Public Affairs

Public Affairs Council

Lithuanian flagLAC, Inc. supported the democratic movement Sajudis and sponsored the first visit to the United States by the former President Vytautas Landsbergis soon after Lithuania declared independence.

Members of the Council support the idea of forming a team to start an informative, engaging campaign “Mūsų metas #DABAR” to foster a sense of national identity and patriotism in Lithuanians living in the US (and around the world) and to encourage civic participation in national decision-making. More about the project – here.

Council Members

  • Danelė Vidutis, Chair
  • Asta Banionyte
  • Danguole Spakeviciute – Altman
  • Rimas Domanskis
  • Vytautas Aukstolis
  • Laima Liutikiene
  • Milda Mataciunaite – Boyce
  • Audrius Pliopys

Activities

Congressional Baltic Caucus

The Baltic Caucus comprises members of the U.S. Senate and of the U.S. House of Representatives who share an interest in the Baltic States of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. View the list of Baltic Caucus members ».

Dual Citizenship

Individuals who wish to acquire Lithuanian citizenship or to reinstate it will have to give up American citizenship, except in very exceptional instances. This decision was handed down by Lithuania’s Constitutional Court on November 13, 2006.

Up until that time, individuals who had been citizens of independent Lithuania prior to June 15, 1940, and their children and grandchildren, could reinstate or acquire their Lithuanian citizenship while retaining their American citizenship.

Those who have reinstated/acquired their Lithuanian citizenship prior to November 13, 2006 may retain both citizenships.

LAC Democracy Fund

The Executive Committee of the Lithuanian American Community, Inc. has a separate account to accept gifts and donations for the support of fostering democracy in Lithuania. The account is called The Lithuanian American Community, Inc.-Support Democracy in Lithuania Fund (LAC Democracy Fund).

The donations support the work of Citizens Alliance, a nongovernmental, non-partisan, democracy-fostering organization registered in Lithuania.

The Chair of the receiving Citizens Alliance Fund is American-born Ginte Damusyte, Lithuania’s ambassador to Canada.

You may donate to the LAC Democracy Fund by making out a check toLAC, Inc. – Democracy Development Fund
LAC Treasurer/LAC Executive Committee
43 Anthony St.
New Haven, CT 06515You may also donate online via PayPal.