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"The American Benevolent Society represents the hope of those who lead by example not because they have to but because it is the right thing to do."


US Ambassador Ken Salazar at the 2023 Cherry Pie Festival

Follow The ABS on Instagram or YouTube for photos and videos from the Cherry Pie Festival


BECOME A MEMBER AND SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER to stay in touch with the American Community in Mexico City. Sloan Starke and her children enjoyed hot dogs, baked beans and Pinche Gringo potato salad and coleslaw at our 4th of July celebraton. 


The American Benevolent Society opened its doors on Washington's Birthday, February 22, 1868. Its purpose: "To support American citizens of good behavior, that due to illness are unable to work or that might be in a bad financial condition."

At that first meeting 25 members paid $2 apiece to help carry out the mission of The ABS. We continue to rely upon membership dues and donations to carry out our work.

In this gallery we highlight a few of our beneficiaries.

Voter Assistance

Staff and volunteers of The ABS have been trained by the Federal Voting Assistance Program ( We offer in-person, telephone, email, and Zoom assistance to American citizens in:


  •  Voter Registration

  • Absentee Ballot Request

  • Absentee Ballot Return

  • Problems with voting


FVAP recommends that all Americans living abroad submit a registration/ballot request form called an FPCA every year


PHOTO: Jeronimo turned 18 before election day and was ready to vote in the 2022 mid-term elections after registering to vote at the American School with the help of ABS volunteers. Seventeen-year-olds who will turn 18 by election day can register to vote.


A final resting place for U. S. and Mexican citizens

The American Cemetery | Panteon Americano was founded by The ABS in 1898 as a final resting place for Americans living in Mexico City. The cemetery is open to the public from 8 am to 4 pm 365 days. Walking through the cemetery you will find Mexican and U. S. citizens lying side by side for eternity. Calzada Mexico-Tacuba 115, Miguel Hidalgo

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The ABS Reading Room is now open. Drop by for a cup of coffee with The Economist and The New York Times. 


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Aliki Elias

Executive Director

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Angela Camacho

Social Services Manager

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Eduardo Ramirez

Admin. & Social Services Asst.

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Ernesto Ibarra

Legal Advisor

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In Memory

Genevive Mooser

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Pablo Otero


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Ricardo Rojas


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Barbara Franco

Legal Representative

Directors and Advisors


U. S. Ambassador Ken Salazar, Honorary President

Bill Biese, President

Frances Huttanus, 1st Vice-President

Doug Hall, 2nd Vice-President

Robert Sonnenberger, Treasurer

Gwen Rainhard, Secretary

Missy Holden

Rosa Pisinger

Sloane Starke

Pedro De Koster

Carl Koller

Sandra Ochoa

Adel Goldschmied

US Embassy Representative

Michelle Beltran

Dan DeFossey

Cynthia Kaplan

Paulo Prado

Olaf Carrera

Kathleen Clement

Pattie Hogan

Erik Markeset

Nancy Stich

Molly Trainor

John Hyatt

Ernesto Ibarra

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