May 31, 2010

Mobile Mexican Consulate

Each year the Mexican Consulate in Chicago sends a “mobile” consulate to various communities in the Midwest to issue Mexican Matriculas (or consular ID cards) and Passports. The purpose of visiting various communities is to increase the accessibility to consular services; otherwise, families would have to drive to Chicago to obtain those documents.  The Matriculas and Passports provide Mexican nationals an official form of identification for public safety purposes and open bank accounts. These events are usually organized in collaboration with community nonprofits and/or churches. The event that we attended was organized by Sus Amigos (a program that serves Latinos) and Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Warsaw.  The Latino SST group was scheduled to volunteer at that event, but due to an unexpected low number of individuals seeking services on that day, they did not need their help.  According to the coordinator of the Mobile Mexican Consulate, they typically stay in a community from Wednesday through Saturday and they serve about 500 people per day.  Even the Latino SST group did not get to help, they still had an opportunity to talk to the main coordinator of the Mexican Consulate about the services and process.

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