Antonia Hernandez, president and general counsel of the Los Angeles-based Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, will receive Mexico's highest honor for non-citizens at a National Palace ceremony in Mexico City.
President Carlos Salinas de Gortari will present the Aztec Eagle to Hernandez today.
Hernandez, 43, is being honored for her work on behalf of Mexican nationals emigrating to the United States, MALDEF announced Tuesday. "I will accept this award on behalf of all Mexican nationals and Mexican-Americans who have struggled in both countries to ensure that all people are treated with equal dignity and respect," she said.
The nonprofit organization promotes Latinos' civil and immigration rights.