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Quilatan Arenas shares, "Every day brings a new and incredible story to our office. We are often involved in helping families through tragic events. to bury him. We helped her get temporary permission to attend the funeral here and covered the cost of burial. We accompanied her through this tragedy and allowed her the space and dignity to mourn the loss of her son."
The Mexican Consulate, at least the one in Brownsville, takes on an entirely different approach, providing everything from the usual processing of paperwork for passports to high school equivalency classes for Mexican citizens who never had the chance to finish their schooling. They offer workshops and traditional craft making giving folks the opportunity to start their own businesses and value their culture.
They provide free yoga and exercise classes, health and information fairs once a month at their office where hundreds of people, regardless of nationality or Guess Bag New Collection 2017
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assistance while they are here in the Valley. I recently had the honor of meeting with her boss, our local Mexican Consul and his staff at their offices in the former Amigoland Mall in Brownsville. I have to admit I expected a stodgy old bureaucrat, but to my surprise Rodolfo Quilantan Arenas, Consul of Mexico, Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Messenger Bag Review was warm, welcoming and energetic, and more importantly, his compassion and commitment, really his passion for helping folks in their most vulnerable time of need, and commitment to making our community a better place, was evident from the Guess Handbag Sale Uk
origin, come to get connected to important programs and services. and vice versa. They provide legal advice and information on all manner of cases, from domestic violence to police brutality, and the staff is friendly, informed and caring.
Lupita Salazar, coordinator of the Consulate's Ventanillas de Salud (windows to health) program is excited about an upcoming workshop the Consul is offering to any and all women in our community. For more information call (956) 542 2051.
As Anali Velazquez tells the story, tears well in her eyes and her voice waivers. "I knew this work would be intense and important when my first day on the job a terrified woman came into our office, three small children in tow. She was badly beaten and bruised. She needed a hospital more than a consulate, but her story was so shocking I understood why she had come to us for help. promising her a better life. She and her children quickly found out that what he had in store was captivity, abuse, and rape. citizenship and more importantly his job in law enforcement, he virtually kept her captive. When he was transferred from El Paso to Harlingen for work, the beatings increased and this poor woman was isolated and locked in the house under threats he would keep her children and deport her. After a particularly severe beating, she and her kids escaped from the house to a neighbor, who didn't know what to do for fear of repercussion, so she dropped them off here at the Mexican Consulate, which was ultimately a good choice. We got her medical care, connected her with attorneys and sent her and her kids to a shelter. We continue to support her as much as possible, although she still faces a hard journey."
The Consulate's cultural offerings coupled with urgently needed services, advocacy and compassion contribute greatly to our community as a whole, and support the thousands of guests and residents from our neighboring nation who reside here in the Valley. This type of support and compassion is a rarity these days, but it contributes to our health and well being as a community because Tu Salud Si Cuenta! (Your Health Matters!).
I've never thought much about the role of a consulate. consulate to help me get a new passport when I was living in a foreign country. They weren't exactly helpful or nice, but I eventually got what I needed. I remember standing in long lines in a cold building and being treated rudely by consulate staff.
Velazquez, a young, energetic employee of the Mexican Consulate in Brownsville, is clearly passionate about her work protecting, guiding, and connecting Mexican citizens to services and Balenciaga Navy Pochette
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