The Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles is Mexico’s largest consular representation worldwide.
Our functions are to protect and defend the rights and interests of Mexicans, as well as to provide them with assistance and advice. We partner with organizations and specialized attorneys to offer legal assistance in immigration, human rights, labor and civil matters, and other issues that Mexicans might face while residing or visiting the US. Our consular staff guides and serves Mexicans living abroad for free.
The Consulate also offers an array of services aimed at helping Mexicans better integrate into their host communities:
Education is a fundamental factor to open the doors of social development and personal improvement, which is why we offer several opportunities for the community to further their studies. The “Education Window” is an educational initiative through which we inform the public of Mexican origin residing in the County of Los Angeles about the educational programs available to them at all levels. This initiative proposes to increase the knowledge and use of public education programs, facilitating access to educational services, and motivating people who visit the Consulate and their families to complete their studies.
The Consulate also offers free English lessons and lessons to prepare for the General Education Development (GED) test. Anyone interested can attend these classes regardless of nationality.
The “Health Window” is a program whose aim is to provide reliable information on health topics, counseling and referrals to health services available and accessible in local communities. This program was designed to improve health physical and mental health of Mexicans living in the United States and to increase access to primary and preventive health insurance coverage and ensure culturally sensitive services in order to reduce the use of emergency services. Our permanent mental health module offers face-to-face and virtual consultations with social workers that can then refer patients to free or low-cost treatments.
The Consulate also participates in the Binational Health Week, one of the largest mobilization efforts in the Americas to improve the health and well-being of the underserved Latino population in the United States and Canada. During BHW, federal, state and local government agencies, community-based organizations and thousands of volunteers come together in the month of October to conduct a series of health promotion and health education activities including workshops, insurance referrals, vaccinations and medical screenings.
Furthermore, the Consulate pursues important cultural and artistic initiatives. The Mexican Center for Culture and Cinematic Arts (CCCM) at our Consulate is a space where art and cinema combine, with a gallery and a movie theater, where art exhibits and high-quality projections are presented. The CCCM is a place for established and emerging artists to exhibit work that has a Mexican social or cultural context. All in all, we promote the art and culture of Mexico, and seek to disseminate information that contributes to a better knowledge and positive understanding of our country.
Among the other important functions of the Consulate are to issue travel and identification documents such as passports, consular ID cards, and military service cards. We also perform civil registration functions such as marriage and birth registrations and issue death certificates. Our Legal Affairs Department issues powers of attorney and wills that take effect in Mexico.
The Consulate issues visas to foreign nationals who intend to visit Mexico for business, temporary work, study, or other purposes. It is also our job to promote investment and trade between Mexico and Los Angeles.
All of the above are opportunities for interns to gain exposure to our full range of activities and services, while earning valuable experience and providing services to the community.