Charlotte. – The Salvadoran diplomat, Emilia Recinos Montes, is pleased with the promotion to Consulate General of the diplomatic headquarters that she runs in Charlotte to serve her compatriots based in the Carolinas and Tennessee.
“I welcome the designation they have given us. It is to recognize the work we have done since August 2019,” said the new consul general.
Foreign Ministry Announcement
The announcement of the new rank was made on January 11 by the Salvadoran Foreign Ministry on its website and Facebook page.
“This elevation of category represents recognition of the quality and service that compatriots receive from our consular staff, which is highly qualified to care for Salvadorans abroad,” said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador. .
“Furthermore, with this nomination it is recognized that the new Consulates General have modern personnel, infrastructure and care protocols adapted to the needs of salvadorans,” the Foreign Ministry noted.
In the note from the foreign ministry of El Salvador, Chancellor Alexandra Hill and the Deputy Minister of Diaspora and Human Mobility, Cindy Portal, are praised, who managed, before the Office of Foreign Missions of the United States Department of State, the highest denomination of six consulates to general consulates.
The other consulates that were also promoted were those of Laredo and El Paso, Texas; Elizabeth, New Jersey; Aurora, Colorado; and Seattle, Washington.
The pandemic and 2020
Recinos Montes said that 2020 was a very difficult year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We had to close in March, a lot of people got infected, but we were attending emergencies,” he stated.
“For three months we provided 125 daily lunches to needy compatriots through churches and strategic partners in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee,” said the consul.
The diplomat pointed out that they were assisting Salvadorans who “were stranded in airports under their jurisdiction.
“We find them accommodation and deliver Walmart cards,” Recinos Montes said.
In the Triangle area of North Carolina, the strategic partners with whom he was working to help his compatriots were the Salvadoran Association and Casa El Salvador.
Between September 8 and December 2020, they were working from 8 in the morning to 8 at night, from Sunday to Sunday to serve the Guanaca community.
At that time, they established mobile consulates in Flat Rock, in western North Carolina, Blackberry, South Carolina, and Nashville, Tennessee.
In Charlotte they did a mobile operation in the church of El Siloé Central,
In the mobile consulates, the work was from 6 in the morning to 9 at night.
Passports, DUI in 2021
In 2021, the Consulate was operating in person, with its staff of five members.
“We are issuing passports immediately and in the capacity to deliver the Unique Identity Document (DUI), since May 2021,” Recinos Montes said.
From September 2020 to December 2021, the Salvadoran consulate in Charlotte has delivered around 8 thousand passports.
“People don’t have to go to consulates in Atlanta or Virginia to get those documents,” explained the consul.
Salvadorans in Mecklenburg and North Carolina
Something that the Salvadoran consul general highlights is the good behavior of her compatriots when they visit the consular headquarters.
“I am proud of my community because they keep the consulate clean and they are very polite.”
The 2000 Census counted 1,975 Salvadorans in Mecklenburg County.
Ten years later, in 2010, he indicated that the guanacos had increased fivefold, to reach the figure of 10,625. And the projection for 2017 put them at almost 14 thousand.
In North Carolina, the jump was from 8,679 in 2000 to 54,797 in 2017.
Recinos Montes, mother of five children and grandmother of three grandchildren, studied marketing at the José Simeón Cañas Central American University in San Salvador (UCA).
Before traveling to North Carolina, the consul was working on a plan to serve Salvadorans who were returning to their homeland.
Recinos Montes was stationed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of her country in Australia and previously served as manager of the populous District 5 of the San Salvador Mayor’s Office.