Co-Founder of the Latin American Consular Corps Departs For Poland After Five Years

Christina Leadlay
Published: Wednesday, 09/14/2005 12:00 am EDT

Sorry for the mess," apologizes Monica Velarde Mendez as she rushes about her office at the Embassy of Mexico. Things are slightly disorganized as papers and books are being packed into boxes, getting ready to be shipped to Mrs. Velarde's next assignment as First Secretary in Warsaw, Poland. "You always have mixed feelings when you go to a new posting," she says just days before her Sept. 10 departure, "but it will be a new challenge."

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