Librada Paz, born in Oaxaca, Mexico, came to the United States of America at 15, to seek a better future. Librada worked on a farm when she first arrived, then migrated up and down the east coast for 3 years picking fruits and vegetables. She worked on farms for over 10 years while attending school, earning a BA in Mechanical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Librada speaks 3 languages - her native Mixtec (indigenous language from Oaxaca,) Spanish, and English. In 2012 Librada was honored by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights and presented with The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, an Award was established in 1984 to recognize those individuals who stand up to oppression at grave personal risk in the nonviolent pursuit of human rights. Librada has been a fierce advocate for Farmworker rights and has been an RMM Board member since 2004.
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