Mexico City, March 22, 2017 – U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson visited the state of Oaxaca as part of her commitment to enhance the bilateral relationship and to get to know various parts of the country. During her visit, she met with Governor Alejandro Murat and discussed economic development, the state’s cultural heritage and educational exchanges.
Highlighting the importance of human rights, Ambassador Jacobson also met with the state ombudsman Arturo Peimbert, and held a roundtable with civil society representatives and human rights advocates to discuss the concerns of indigenous communities, religious freedom issues, and the general situation of human rights in the state. She also met with Archbishop Jose Luis Chavez Botello. The ambassador heard from women leaders, including indigenous women activists, journalists, community radio representatives, lawyers and civil society organization directors, and toured the Center for Women’s Justice, which is supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
Because of her interest in the state’s economic development, Ambassador Jacobson met with local representatives from the private sector (COPARMEX) and with the state’s Secretary of the Economy, Jesus Rodriguez Socorro. Highlighting the importance of developing a multicultural and well-trained workforce for the twenty-first century, Ambassador Jacobson toured the EducationUSA center that provides information to students who are interested in studying in the United States. During the tour, the Ambassador met with alumni from Oaxaca of U.S. State Department programs and exchanges.
During her visit, Ambassador Jacobson stated, “I am truly pleased for the opportunity to visit Oaxaca. Not only was I able to meet its people, activists, students, journalists and government officials, but I also got to see the Monte Alban archeological site, the botanical garden, and the alebrijes, and had a chance to taste its magnificent cuisine, including, of course, mole and mezcal. I am very optimistic about the future of Oaxaca, its economic development and the participation of Oaxacan students in exchange programs in American universities.”