Washington, DC, September 15, 2016
The Embassy of Mexico informs that Ambassador Carlos M. Sada presented the National Ohtli Award, which the Government of Mexico bestows upon Mexican, Mexican-American or Latino leaders in recognition of their significant contributions to the well-being and development of the Mexican community in the United States, during the ceremony to commemorate the 206th Anniversary of Mexico’s Independence at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, DC.
The ambassador bestowed the Ohtli upon Dina Siegel Vann, Director of the Arthur and Rochelle Belfer Institute for Latino and Latin American Affairs in the American Jewish Committee for her outstanding career and arduous labor to promote the rights and civic, economic and social empowerment of the Mexican and Latino populations in the United States.
During the ceremony, the ambassador underscored Mrs. Siegel Vann’s leadership as a decisive element in promoting the integration of immigrants into the United States, while emphasizing the importance of inclusive alliances between different actors.
Ambassador Sada also highlighted Siegel Vann’s work with the American Jewish Committee to promote the advancement and development of Latinos as well as her commitment to building bridges of understanding as an example to follow in the context of the current divisive political climate.
The ambassador called upon members of the Mexican and Mexican-American communities to increase their participation in the public life of the country, as well as strengthen their levels of education and civic organization in order to continue enriching the political, economic, cultural and social vitality of the United States.