July 13, 2021

EP. 221 — What Does Justice Look Like For Farmworkers? with Mónica Ramírez

This week on Getting Curious, we’re going from table to farm to learn more about where our food comes from, and who is producing it. Activist and lawyer Mónica Ramírez joins Jonathan to discuss the history of farmwork in the United States, the labor conditions facing contemporary farmworkers, and the work she and her peers are doing to prioritize legal and mental health support for farmworker communities.

Mónica Ramírez is an attorney, author and activist. She is the founder of Justice for Migrant Women and co-founder of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, The Latinx House, and Poderistas (formerly She Se Puede).

Mónica has received numerous awards, including Harvard Kennedy School’s first Gender Equity Changemaker Award, Feminist Majority’s Global Women’s Rights Award and the Smithsonian’s 2018 Ingenuity Award. She was named to Forbes Mexico’s 100 Most Powerful Women’s 2018 list and TIME Magazine included her in its 2021 TIME100 Next list. Mónica is also an inaugural member of the Ford Global Fellowship.

Follow Monica on Instagram @activistmonicaramirez and Twitter @MonicaRamirezOH. Justice for Migrant Women is on Instagram and Twitter @mujerxsrising, and at justice4women.org.

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Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness & Mónica Ramírez JVN [00:00:00] Welcome to Getting Curious, I’m Jonathan Van Ness, and every week I sit down for a gorgeous conversation with a truly brilliant expert to learn all about something that makes me curious. On today’s episode, I’m joined by lawyer and activist Mónica Ramírez, where I ask her: what does justice look like for farmworkers? Welcome to Getting Curious. I’m so excited for our guest this week. Welcome, Mónica Ramírez, who is the founder and president of Justice for Migrant Women. She is also one of the organizers Behind Healing Voices, a new mental health initiative for farmworkers. Mónica, welcome to the show. MÓNICA RAMÍREZ [00:00:37] Thank you, Jonathan. I’m glad to be here. JVN [00:00:39] I’m trying to do this, like, fierce thing where, like, I don’t compliment people on, like, physical appearances so much, ‘cause I’m trying to be, like, 2021 and everything. But this gorgeous

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