Mónica Ramírez, founder of Justice for Migrant Women, shared her views and gave the closing speech of the 2015 National Sexual Assault Conference.
Mónica Ramírez has been a farmworker and immigrant rights activist for nearly two decades. In 2003, she founded the first state-based legal project aimed at combating gender discrimination against migrant farmworker women who were employed in agriculture in Florida. In 2006, she joined Southern Poverty Law Center where she founded the first national legal project to end workplace sexual violence and other forms of gender discrimination against migrant farmworker and other low-wage immigrant women. From August 2012 to June 2014 she served as the Deputy Director for Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc. (Center for Migrant Rights, in English), where she also provided vision and leadership on CDM’s migrant women’s work.Upon graduation from the Harvard Kennedy School, she served as a Women and Public Policy Program Fellow at the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda where she created a project focused on leadership and civic engagement among rural Latinas. Mónica recently founded Justice for Migrant Women, a national legal project aimed at eradicating economic and sexual exploitation against migrant women workers.She is a skilled public speaker and author, and is a nationally recognized subject matter expert on workplace sexual violence against farmworker and immigrant women. Mónica graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. She received her Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law and her Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.