On the 16th December 2020 the Washington Diplomat published an article on their website. The article was titled ‘DC-based consular officials shine during global COVID-19 emergency‘.
Current Consular Corps President, New Zealand Consul-General Anna Law, and former Consular Corps President, Luxembourg Consul-General Stan Myck, were interviewed for the article.
The article highlights the importance of consular work as part of the critical operation that goes on in countries’ embassies and consulates and how often the consular staff at posts are the unsung heroes of foreign ministries’ work.
Consular work involves assisting nationals of their countries who find themselves in various undesirable and adverse situations whilst abroad. Consular work involves assisting with many complex issues ranging from replacing a lost or stolen passport to shipping the body of a deceased loved one back home for burial.
Consular work became even more complex this year with the outbreak of COVID-19 around the world with foreign nationals all over the globe finding themselves locked down in hotels, stuck on cruise ships, or unable to return to their home country due to travel restrictions and flight cancellations.
The Consular Corps of Washington D.C. has the pleasure to inform its members that it made in September a donation of $500,- to “Martha’s Table” in Washington DC, in order to support food distribution to the most needy population in the US capital, especially during COVID times.
Martha’s Table is an organization that has been operating for 40 years to increase access to healthy meals and fresh produce for over 15,000 Washington DC residents and promote family success through their no cost community store and engagement programs.
On December 9, 2019, the Consular Corps organised its traditional Christmas Happy Hour in collaboration with TECRO at the beautiful residence of Twin Oaks. A special thank you to H.E. Stanley Kao and Mrs. Kao, as well as to his team for hosting this very special event.
A big thank you to Reginal Director Philip Lutz and his colleagues from the US Census Bureau for presenting to the Consular Corps on the Census Bureau and the 2020 Census. The team presented on a range of interesting topics relating to the 2020 Census and the diplomatic community and to foreign nationals, as well as data from the US Census Bureau on; world population, economics, and trade.
The event was hosted by Consular Corps member, the Embassy of Slovakia, in their beautiful presentation space.