PALCUS is committed to serving the Portuguese-American community through increasingly active government relations efforts, the promotion of a greater awareness of ethnic accomplishments and encouraging stronger ties between Portugal and the United States.
In this role, we seek to advance the community professionally, politically and culturally, while working to ensure that issues directly affecting our community are addressed through our network of government and community leaders.
In order to create singular national voice to advocate for the Portuguese-American and Luso-American communities-at-large, PALCUS was founded in 1991 as a 501(c)3 non-partisan, non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. with a mission of addressing domestic and international concerns of the Portuguese-American community.
PALCUS strives to conduct an expanding program of research, educational and public affairs activities on salient issues of interest to the Portuguese-American community and the Luso-American relationship.
- To provide a constant voice on Capitol Hill for the Portuguese-American community-at-large.
- To ensure that Portuguese-Americans and Portuguese residents in the United States receive all rights and benefits to which they are entitled.
- To assist Portuguese-Americans in furthering their success academically, professionally and culturally.
- To foster collaboration between the Portuguese government and the Portuguese-American community so that we may preserve the Portuguese culture and language in the United States.