Headquarters for Mexico's migrant health care program comes to Phoenix

By Matthew Casey
Published: Thursday, October 14, 2021 - 7:54am

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Esteban Moctezuma Barragán
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Esteban Moctezuma Barragán, Mexican ambassador to the U.S.

Mexico has moved the headquarters for a program that helps migrants access healthcare from the East Coast to Phoenix.

The country’s ambassador to the United States took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday at the Mexican Consulate office near downtown.

“Ventanillas de salud” or health windows started as a test program almost 20 years ago. Now it’s offered through about 50 Mexican consulate offices.

The focus is to help Mexicans find medical information and health care regardless of their immigration status.

Mexico’s Ambassador to the U.S. Esteban Moctezuma Barragán said the headquarters were in New York. 

“But we wanted to bring it closer to the border because it deals with border issues. And Phoenix has been a very collaborative city,” he said.

Roughly two-thirds of the more than 10 million Mexicans served by the health windows program have been in southwest border states.

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