As part of the 153rd anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, Under Secretary Alcocer led a ceremony today in which National Ohtli Awards were presented to Eva Longoria and Javier Palomarez for their work in support of the Mexican and Hispanic communities in the United States.  Since 1996, the award has been conferred upon distinguished Mexican, Mexican-American and Hispanic leaders who have dedicated their personal and professional lives to improve living conditions and increasing opportunities for those communities.

During a ceremony in the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, DC, Alcocer recognized the work undertaken over the course of their lives by the two recipients, both of whom are of Mexican origin. The event was attended by U.S. officials, academics, and representatives from Hispanic organizations, among others.

Eva Longoria has worked tirelessly to support the empowerment of young Latinas through educational and entrepreneurial programs offered by the Eva Longoria Foundation. Additionally, she has promoted the integration of the Hispanic community through initiatives like the Latin Victory Project, which seeks to increase political participation of Hispanics in the U.S. She has also supported different programs to assist young people with disabilities.

Javier Palomarez, as President and Executive Director of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, has promoted entrepreneurship and business development in the Hispanic community, particularly among women and young people. His successful career promoting the economic development of Hispanics, serves as an example for the Mexican community in the United States.

Under Secretary Alcocer also participated in an event to commemorate the Battle of Puebla in the White House.