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“Although sometimes things don’t go well, other people are not responsible for it.”

Korean War veteran Ray Buggs, 93, the 2022 recipient of the Herbert L. Wallace Lifetime Community Service Award.  

Last year The ABS provided 2,968* services to Americans in need

*Informe anual, Junta de Asistencia Privada (JAP)

Subscribe to our newsletter to stay on top of breaking news in the Mexico City American Community. Your membership dues support critical services to Americans in need. Dues start at 400 pesos. 

OUR SERVICES

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."

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Monica

Monica celebrated her 100th birthday in November 2021. We supplement her Social Security income with a small pension.

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Annual Health Fair
Annual Health Fair

Several hundred Mexico City residents received flu and shingles vaccines when our Health Fair made a return after being cancelled by Covid concerns.

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Thanksgiving Meal from Pinche Gringo
Thanksgiving Meal from Pinche Gringo

Octavio receives a Thanksgiving meal thanks to our business partnership with Pinche Gringo restaurants.

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Monica
Monica

Monica celebrated her 100th birthday in November 2021. We supplement her Social Security income with a small pension.

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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 (fvap.gov). 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 will be 18 on election day and is 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.

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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. 

THE ABS STAFF

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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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Genevive Mooser

Special Events, Historian

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Pablo Otero

Psychologist

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Ricardo Rojas

Doctor

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Barbara Franco

Legal Representative

Directors and Advisors

Bill Biese, President

Frances Huttanus, 1st Vice-President

Doug Hall, 2nd Vice-President

Robert Sonnenberger, Treasurer

Gwen Rainhard, Secretary

Cynthia Kaplan

Missy Holden

Rosa Pisinger

Sloane Starke

Pedro De Koster

Carl Koller

Sandra Ochoa

Vicky Silvan

US Embassy Representative

Michelle Beltran

Dan DeFossey

Paulo Prado

Olaf Carrera

Kathleen Clement

Pattie Hogan

Erik Markeset

Nancy Stich

Molly Trainor

Karen Gould

Ernesto Ibarra