Washington, D.C. June 23, 2016


The Ambassador of Mexico to the United States, Carlos M. Sada, bestowed the Ohtli award today upon Julián Castro, U.S. Secretary for Housing and Urban Development, in recognition of a career characterized by his dedication and commitment to the values that the award represents. The ceremony took place during the Annual Conference of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), in which the organization celebrated 40 years since its creation. NALEO is the largest association of Latino elected and appointed officials in the United States.

Ambassador Sada highlighted the work Secretary Castro has undertaken as a community leader and public servant, the results of which have had a positive impact on the Hispanic community and in the United States in general. Additionally, he mentioned Secretary Castro’s participation as keynote speaker during the Democratic National Convention in 2012 as a motivation for many Latinos and other Americans to get involved in the political process in their country.

The Ambassador also underscored the how Secretary Castro’s career has made him into a model example for the Mexican-American and Hispanic community in this country by putting the success of the community first, making him worthy to receive the Ohtli award.

Since 1996, the Government of Mexico, through the Institute for Mexicans Abroad (IME), has presented the Ohtli award to outstanding community leaders who have dedicated the majority of their lives and careers to clearing paths for younger generations and to benefit communities of Mexican origin abroad in fields such as education, health, human rights, labor rights, politics, art and culture. Among other things, the Ohtli seeks to highlight the valuable contributions its recipients make in support of Mexicans abroad.