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Mexican Diplomats Removed After Facing Complaints

Roberto Valdovinos was director of the Institute of Mexicans Abroad
Mexican Secreatary of Foreign Affairs
Roberto Valdovinos was director of the Institute of Mexicans Abroad

MEXICO CITY — The Mexican government has taken the unusual step of removing two high-ranking diplomats working with the United States. Both faced serious accusations.

The Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs removed Roberto Valdovinos from his job as director of the Institute of Mexicans Abroad. The agency is in charge of supporting Mexicans living and working overseas.

Valdovinos faced five accusations of harassment, all of them validated by a Mexican government ethics committee.

The Secretary of foreign Affairs also confirmed the demotion of Guillermo Rivera as consul in Tucson, without providing any further details.

Rivera lasted just a few months as the head of the Tucson office. He was facing complaints for attacking the press and promoting the Mexican president’s party.

Diplomats should not show any party affiliation, according to Mexican laws.

Rodrigo Cervantes is KJZZ’s bureau chief in Mexico City, where he was born and raised. He has served as opinion writer, contributor and commentator for several media outlets and organizations in Mexico and the United States, including CNN, Georgia Public Broadcasting and Univisión. Cervantes previously worked as the business editor and editorial coordinator for El Norte, the leading newspaper in Monterrey and a publication of Grupo Reforma, Mexico’s premier news group. In Mexico City, Cervantes served in Reforma as a reporter, special correspondent, editor and special sections coordinator. Cervantes also held the editor position at MundoHispánico, a division of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia’s oldest and largest Latino newspaper. He also participated as one of the first members of the Diversity Advisory Group for Cox Media. In 2012, Cervantes was appointed as fellow for the Leadership Program of The New York Times/Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, as well as for the "Líderes Digitales" program from the International Center for Journalists. In 2010, he was awarded with the Poynter-McCormick Leadership Fellowship. Cervantes graduated with honors in communication sciences and journalism from the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico City Campus. Later, he was granted the Fundación Carolina Scholarship from the Spanish government to obtain an MBA degree at San Pablo-CEU School of Business (Madrid). Other awards include: the Power 30 Under 30 Award for Professional and Community Excellence in Atlanta, the Outstanding Alumni Medal from ITESM, and several José Martí Awards for Journalism Excellence from the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP). Cervantes enjoys music, books, travel, friendship, good mezcal and the occasional company of his guitar.