During the Annual National Convention of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the Institute of Mexicans in foreign lands (IME) confirmed Magdalena “Maggie” Enriquez Rivera as a recipient of national award Ohtli for her work in favor of wellbeing and rights of migrant workers, especially in the state of Illinois.
Since 1996, the IME has awarded this recognition to distinguished Mexican, Mexican American and Hispanic leaders who dedicated their professional and personal lives to improve the living conditions and opportunities in these communities.
Maggie Rivera was born in Chihuahua and immigrated to United States when she was eight years old. Since she was young she was involved in activities to support Latino workers’ communities, including a movement headed by fighter for social justice Cesar Chavez. Later, she started to work with LULAC organization after she became a member in 1992.
During last 12 years she was a major promoter of the “Exchange Project,” that was working on creating connection in form of sister cities between different cities like Guadalupe, Zacatecas and Woodstock, Illinois. Thanks to this project many cultural exchanges, trainings and donations took place improving resources and infrastructure of the city of Guadalupe.
IME celebrates Maggie Rivera’s three decades of public services. During the award ceremony, Ambassador Carlos Sada, who presented the Ohtli award, emphasized the commitment and unending will that is reflected in her path. At the same time, he invited all members of LULAC and community leaders to continue working on unity regardless of race, national origin, sexual orientation or immigration status.
The other recipients of Ohtli award are Julian Castro, Secretary of Urban Development and Housing in United States, Maria Teresa Kumar, cofounder and president of Voto Latino, Raul Rodriguez Barocio, president of board of directors of U.S.- Mexico Foundation, and Felix Sanchez, president and founder of National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts.