Foreign affairsWednesday, July 15, 2009
US Comittee to approve Vilma Martínez as new ambassador to Argentina
The US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations began the process of designation of Vilma Martínez as the new ambassador to Argentina.
After satisfactorily answering a series of inquiries from several senators about her upcoming duties, this Hispanic descendant attorney will replace outgoing Earl Anthony Wayne.
During the hearing at the Foreign Affairs Committee, Martínez praised the efforts made by Argentine government to "promote peace and democracy", and remarked that "If I get elected as next Ambassador to Argentina, I will focus on the promotion of the bilateral relations."
"Argentina is a strong US partner dedicated to promote democracy, regional stability and to assure global security."
Barack Obama's chosen diplomatic, also remembered the two terrorist attacks perpetrated to Israel's embassy (1992), and Argentine AMIA Jewish centre (1994), by saying "Argentina has always cooperate to fight counterterrorism in the region as the Argentines has suffered international terrorist attacks as much as we had. Ever since then and mostly after 9/11 both countries have strengthened their cooperation on war against insurgents".
Vilma Martínez is a civil rights activist whose major tool has been constitutional law. She's used it to bring bilingual education into public schools, expand voting rights for Spanish-speaking citizens, and strike down discriminatory hiring policies.
As head of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) for nine years, Martinez led the fight to require school districts to meet the needs of non-English-speaking students. She successfully based many lawsuits on the 1964 Civil Rights Act and on the 14th Amendment's promise of equal protection of the law.