Librada Paz

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Librada Paz
Born San Juan Mixtepec, Miahuatlán, Oaxaca, Mexico
Residence New York State
Nationality American
Alma mater Rochester Institute of Technology
Occupation activist
Known for advocacy for farmworkers
Awards Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award (2012)

Librada Paz is a Mexican-American activist for the rights of farmworkers.

Paz grew up in San Juan Mixtepec, Juxtlahuaca, Oaxaca, Mexico. At the age of 15, Paz and an older sister crossed the Arizona desert into the U.S. The pair then went to Ohio to join one of their brothers, who was picking tomatoes. For a few years, Paz also worked as a migrant farmworker, during which time she reports being sexually abused on several occasions. Later she told her brothers she wished to attend school, and they agreed to financially support her so she could quit. She completed a degree in mechanical engineering technology from Rochester Institute of Technology and became a U.S. citizen in 1998.[1]

Paz also became active in lobbying for farmworkers' rights in New York State. She later served on the council of the Rural Migrant Ministry, a nonsectarian group working to improve the lives of migrant workers.[2]

In 2012, she won the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.[2] One of the judges, Dean Claudio Grossman of the Washington College of Law, stated:

A farmworker herself, Ms. Paz is one of the most credible voices on the dire conditions that affect them. At the same time, she embodies an important message of human dignity and hope. She demonstrates that through organization and commitment, rights are obtainable, improving both the conditions of farmworkers and society at large.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Juan Gonzalez (4 July 2012). "The amazing journey of Librada Paz". Daily News. New York. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "2012: Librada Paz, New York". Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Farmworkers Activist Librada Paz to Receive 2012 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award". Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. 4 July 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2012.