Tell Your Senators to Vote in Favor of Mari Carmen Aponte
Mari Carmen Aponte is a remarkable Latina and respected leader in our community. Last year, she served with great distinction as the U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador on a temporary appointment. While President Obama wanted to keep her in her post, a group of U.S. Senators set on playing politics with her nomination defeated her in a vote last December. However, if Senators can be convinced to stop opposing this qualified Latina, another vote could allow her to continue her service.
Senator Marco Rubio’s support will be key to overcoming these hurdles and getting Ambassador Aponte confirmed. Without his backing, the U.S. will lose a stellar diplomat in an important part of the world.
Please call your Senators today at 202-225-3121 and tell them to vote in favor of Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte.
Here are some of the reasons why we need Ambassador Aponte to return to her post in El Salvador:
- As El Salvador’s fragile democracy continues to recover from the legacy of civil war, Ambassador Aponte has had a unique ability to bring old foes together and soothe tensions, keeping the peace and democracy on track. This is why she has strong support from Salvadoran political parties on the left and right, as well as the Salvadoran community living in the U.S.
- Ambassador Aponte negotiated an agreement between the U.S. and Salvadoran governments to on a comprehensive Partnership for Growth Joint Action Plan, that will promote economic growth and transparency in El Salvador.
- Following a tense, two-month constitutional crisis, Ambassador Aponte invited Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to El Salvador to emphasize the need for dialogue, which helped break an impasse that threatened to paralyze the country.
- Ambassador Aponte has been a strong U.S. presence, promoting democracy and human rights, and challenging influences from the governments of Cuba and Venezuela.
- Ambassador Aponte secured the deployment of Salvadoran troops to Afghanistan. El Salvador is the first and only Latin American country to contribute troops to the U.S.-led NATO mission there.
- Reaching out to private sector leaders, Ambassador Aponte has helped find business opportunities for American and Salvadoran companies alike.
Here are just a few of the reasons why the Hispanic community is proud to count Ambassador Aponte as one of our own:
- Promoted Hispanic achievement in the fields of business, law and civil rights for over three decades
- The first woman to lead the Hispanic National Bar Association
- Served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Council of La Raza, the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the University of the District of Columbia
- Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration
Please call your Senators today at 202-225-3121 and tell them to support Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte.