Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia Lauds Confirmation of Mari Carmen Aponte as U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador
(Washington, DC – June 14, 2012) – The Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia (HBA-DC) lauds the confirmation of Mari Carmen Aponte as United States Ambassador to El Salvador. The United States Senate confirmed Ambassador Aponte today on a voice vote after a filibuster was defeated by a vote of 62-37.
Ambassador Aponte has been a longtime leader in the Hispanic legal community, having led such distinguished organizations as the National Council of La Raza, the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration. Ambassador Aponte also has been a trailblazer for Hispanic attorneys, having served as a past president of the HBA-DC as well as the first female president of the Hispanic National Bar Association.
Ambassador Aponte was first nominated by President Obama to serve as Ambassador to El Salvador on December 9, 2009, and was placed in her role via a recess appointment on August 19, 2010. During that time, she served as a strong advocate for U.S. companies in El Salvador while strengthening ties between the U.S. and El Salvador business communities, as reflected in the support of her confirmation by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Ambassador Aponte has vigorously promoted American national security through, among other things, her efforts to negotiate a monitoring center to fight transnational crime. She also has advocated for the values of democratic decision-making by pushing Salvadoran President Funes to discuss democracy and human rights with Fidel Castro during his first official visit to Cuba.
HBA-DC President Lyzka DeLaCruz stated, "Ambassador Aponte's impressive track record shows that the United States will greatly benefit from Ambassador Aponte’s tenure as U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador. HBA-DC is proud to congratulate a good friend and mentor, and is confident that she will make the American people proud."
The Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, voluntary legal association representing the interests of Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, law students, and legal professionals within the greater Washington, D.C. area. Its mission is promoting the professional development of Hispanic lawyers and law students; promoting equal justice and opportunities for all Hispanics; and promoting the appointment of Hispanics to leadership positions in federal, state, and local governments, in the judiciary, and in other leadership positions. For more information, please visit http://www.hbadc.org.
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