A Sonoma County social activist who helped establish a nonprofit that assists farmworkers, day laborers and their families throughout Northern California received Thursday one of the highest recognitions from the Mexican government.

George Ortiz accepted the Ohtli Award in front of more than 600 people gathered at Sonoma State University for the fifth annual State of the Latino Community forum, hosted by the leadership group Los Cien. The San Francisco-based Mexican Consul General Gemi José González López hand-delivered the accolade, bestowed to Latino leaders who make significant contributions to Mexican communities outside of the country.

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