Established in 1961, JBANC has represented the Baltic-American communities and its three parent organizations, the American Latvian Association, the Estonian American National Council, and the Lithuanian American Council. Our goal has always been to help coordinate their activities in Washington, DC with the U.S. Congress and administration and its related agencies in conjunction with issues related to Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. We have taken great pride for over half a century in joint Baltic cooperation and in being able to help coordinate and consolidate our common interests.
The American Latvian Association (ALA) is the main representative organization for the Latvian American community. Through 163 member organizations, churches, clubs and some 6,000 individual members we represent over 100,000 people of Latvian descent living in the United States. We are a non-profit, tax exempt educational and cultural organization registered as a private and voluntary organization with the U.S. Agency for International Development.
ALA supports cultural activities and facilitates cooperation within the Latvian American community. We promote the study of Latvian language, history and culture. We ensure the availability of Latvian schools, books and teaching materials for our children. We assist newly arrived immigrants with information about the USA and we provide humanitarian aid to people in Latvia.
ALA seeks to facilitate the peaceful and democratic development of Latvia by promoting understanding and support for Latvia through informational efforts in the USA.
The Estonian American National Council (EANC), the central organization of Estonian Americans, unites and represents Estonian American individuals and groups throughout the United States.
The EANC was established on July 19, 1952, in New York City by post-World War II refugees seeking to restore independence in Estonia, while making a new life in the United States. With the rebirth of the Estonian independence in 1991, the work of EANC changed somewhat, to support the security and stability of the Estonian state, while continuing to preserve, protect, and promote Estonian heritage, culture and values in the United States. The Council consists of a maximum of 50 members who serve without pay, elected nationally every four years by Americans of Estonian descent. EANC is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization sustained by voluntary, tax-deductible contributions from the Estonian American community.
The LITHUANIAN AMERICAN COUNCIL (LAC) was founded in 1915 and reorganized in 1940. It provides authoritative information about Lithuania and its people, and represents the interests of the Lithuanian-American organizational community.
As a national umbrella organization representing an estimated one million Americans of Lithuanian descent, LAC has a long history of actively pursuing issues of vital interest to Lithuanian-Americans and their organizations.
LAC publishes and disseminates information in English dealing with the activities of Lithuanian American organizations and issues relating to Lithuania and Central Europe in general.
Past LAC initiatives have included promotion of NATO and European Union expansion into the Baltic countries; support of Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty broadcasts; visa waver program for Lithuanian citizens entering US; sustained support for U.S. economic and military cooperation with Lithuania; ongoing efforts to maintain and expand the congressional Baltic Caucus, and continuing representation of the organized community in the public sector.
Since its founding in 1951, LAC has sought to preserve the Lithuanian cultural identity for future generations. LAC is also in the forefront of fostering the growth of the democratic institutions of the country of our heritage and of assisting Lithuania in numerous other ways.
LAC seeks, welcomes, and involves in its activities all individuals of Lithuanian descent as well as their non-Lithuanian spouses.
LAC is part of the Lithuanian World Community, an organizational network embracing Lithuanians in over 41 countries.
The Lithuanian American Community, Inc. (LAC) has about 60 local chapters in 27 states and the District of Columbia. We encourage entrepreneurial individuals to form new LAC chapters where there presently are none.
The Baltic American Freedom League, Inc. (BAFL) was founded in Los Angeles in 1981 by a group of Baltic American political activists as a national organization to support the Baltic peoples' struggle to regain their freedom and independence from Soviet occupation. BAFL initiated a broad based program to inform the American government and people of human and civil rights violations; religious persecutions; cultural genocide; and ethnic discrimination carried on by the Soviet government in the three Soviet occupied Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Today, the Baltic American Freedom League's programs are designed to assist the continued development of democracy and market economies in the Baltic countries, to assure the continued security of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania from outside aggression, to increase awareness of Baltic history and culture and to promote strong, friendly and effective bilateral relations and policies between the United States and the Baltic countries.