This year the Consulate of Mexico in Laredo has recognized Catholic Charities, a ministry of the Diocese of Laredo with the Ohtli Award.
Catholic Charities is being recognized for its work and commitment to the migrant community. Consul Juan Carlos Mendoza Sanchez will make the presentation, during the commemoration of the 209th Anniversary of the beginning of the fight for Mexico’s Independence at San Agustin Plaza on September 13, 2019 at 7:00 pm.
The Ohtli Award is awarded by the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs individual consulates. The award consists of a medallion, silver rosette and a diploma. The name of the award comes from the Nahuatl word, which means "road" or "path." The medal depicts an Aztec god cutting grass with a machete. The symbolism of the name alludes to the idea of opening a path for others. The first award was given out in 1996. The award is one of the highest honors given to citizens living outside of Mexico. The Ohtli Award recognizes organizations or individuals who have aided, empowered or positively affected the lives of Mexican nationals in the United States and other countries.