(Nogales, Ariz.) September 30, 2011 — On Sept. 16, the Mexican Consulate in Nogales hosted a ceremony and reception to honor the Kino Border Initiative for their humanitarian work in the Nogales border region.
The KBI received the Ohtli Recognition Award; "Ohtli" is a Nahuatl word that means "pathway." The Ohtli medal features footprints that symbolize the pathway that men and women will follow. The Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores (SRE) and the Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior (IME) present the award to individuals and organizations who devote their lives to helping the Mexican community abroad.
The Kino Border Initiative was founded in January 2009 and since then has served thousands of migrants that have been deported to Nogales, Mexico by providing food, shelter, first aid and pastoral support. The award was received by Fr. Sean Carroll, S.J., Executive Director, and by KBI staff members.