by Lara Malakoff
A new publication from NLC's Center for Research and Innovation highlights important partnerships between the Mexican Consulates and communities across the country to support immigrant communities.
Mexico's consular network is the largest and most extensive of any foreign government in the U.S., and consular offices are located in many cities throughout the country. Positive Crossroads: Mexican Consular Assistance and Immigrant Integration highlights programs in 10 of these cities that support education, health, financial literacy, youth development and recreation for Mexican citizens living in the U.S. Many of these programs are supported by the Institute for Mexicans Living Abroad (IME), which was established by a Mexican presidential decree in 2003.
The Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles, for example, provides programs to support the city's 1.7 million Mexican residents. A collaboration with the Red Cross works to ensure that Mexican residents are adequately prepared for emergencies and natural disasters. The Juvenile Court Project facilitates communication between the juvenile court system and parents who have lost custody of their children. Both programs serve to build trust between Mexican residents and local agencies.
Many of the programs highlighted in the report operate in large cities with large Mexican populations. However, the Mexican Consulates also work in cities with smaller Mexican populations, such as Anchorage, Alaska, which has only 4,400 Mexican residents. The Consulate of Mexico in Anchorage collaborates with local financial entities and the public schools to provide financial education to the city's Mexican and non-Mexican elementary and middle school students.
The work of the Mexican Consulates in Chicago, Phoenix, San José, Calif., Oxnard, Calif., Sacramento, Calif., Kansas City, Mo., Albuquerque, N.M., and Calexico, Calif., is also highlighted. The publication was made possible in part by the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D.C., the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the IME.
The full report can be accessed from the Immigrant Integration page
of the NLC website.