VIVIAN PANTING

Southwest Key

VICE PRESIDENT OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Decorations and Awards:
  • Medal “Peter the Great” awarded by the Russian Academy of Sciences chapter Los Angeles, California. 
  • “Influential Latina Woman” awarded by the media in the city of Los Angeles, California. 
  • Keys to the city of Las Vegas, Nevada granted by the Mayor of Las Vegas in 2006. 
  • Recognition by the Central American and Mexican Consular Corps for being co-founder of the Council of Consuls General of Mesoamerica in California.  
  • Special recognition as an exemplary diplomat granted by municipal authorities of the City of Los Angeles, State of California. 

Vivian serves as the Vice President of International Affairs and operates out of the Southwest Key Programs office in Washington DC. 

Vivian’s work on Central American immigration issues and human rights spans decades and includes serving as adviser to Civil Society Organizations in Southern California, including Mexican and Central American organizations where she focused on the issue of transmigration, migrations, and public policies of the expelling and receiving nations.  Vivian also served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Honduras to the government and people of the Republic of Guatemala. As Ambassador, she served as the liaison with authorities of the government of the Republic of Guatemala to coordinate protocol and content on agenda items at a meeting of presidents of the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala with then-Vice President Joseph R. Biden.  

Other roles include serving as Presidential / Special Commissioner for Honduran immigrants abroad, acting as an expert on the subject of migrations and transmigrations and as the Consul General of the Republic of Honduras before the Government of the United States of America in Los Angeles, California. 

Vivian is the founder of the group of Consuls General of the Central American countries “Francisco Morazán” of which she was Dean for 10 years.  She plans and manages actions with the Consuls 

General of Latin America and the Caribbean to achieve the creation of what is now known as the “Latin American Group of Consuls General” (GRULACG).

Vivian has written numerous articles related to immigration and migration issues in various publications, participated in community forums, and even hosted a radio program that addressed different issues aimed at the immigrant community. 

Vivian is the mother of two daughters, both of whom are licensed attorneys in the state of California. She holds a degree in Psychology with a specialization in the industrial area of the National Autonomous University of Honduras.  She serves as a mentor and sponsor of organizations and groups of girls at social risk, guiding them in their process of integral education in Guatemala City.