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After Being Sexually Assaulted While Working On The Fields, This Woman Is Standing Up For Women’s Rights

Have you ever heard of Hermila Treviño-Sauceda? Proooooobably not.

This 58-year-old Coachella, Calif., resident is pretty much the badass that’s considered “the leader of the women farmworkers movement in the US” by the Women’s World Summit Foundation (WWSF), the same foundation that awarded her the 2016 Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life.

The WWSF is an international humanitarian non-profit organization that was created in Geneva in 1991. It’s dedicated to giving voice to the thoughts of women and children, who so often have very little say “in shaping the economic and political space in which they live.” Mily, as Hermila is often called, was recognized by the organization because of her over 40 years of tireless activism on behalf of farmworkers and female farmworkers in particular.

Mily was born in Bellingham, Washington in 1956, but as the daughter of migrant farmworkers she found herself traveling back and forth across the US/Mexico border. She began working in the fields when she was only 7 years old.

After being sexually assaulted while working, she told her father only to be asked what she had done “to attract the attention of the assailant” and then her dad went right back to talking to the assailant como si nada. She experienced firsthand the particular challenges that women and children face in the fields.

She became an activist in her teen years and her activism has included using skits to demonstrate the conditions that women face in the field, which include sexual harassment, exposure to pesticides and domestic violence.

The award from the WWSF this year is by no means the first award that she’s ever received in recognition of her work for the advancement of female farmworkers.


Learn more about Hermila Treviño-Sauceda here.

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Trump Is Eager To Deport Millions Of Undocumented Immigrants, But New York Is Like 'Not So Quick'

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Trump Is Eager To Deport Millions Of Undocumented Immigrants, But New York Is Like ‘Not So Quick’

Starting in January, undocumented immigrants who apply for the municipal ID program in New York City (IDNYC) will not have to worry about any of their personal information being used against them and leading to deportation during the Trump administration. How’s that? Well, come January the city will no longer be keeping applicants’ personal information on file.

On Wednesday, Mayor de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced that the city is “transitioning to a policy that does not involve the retention of cardholders’ personal background documents.” IDNYC applicants will still have to supply proof of identity documents, but the city will not keep a record of that info.

The IDNYC was in part designed to help undocumented immigrants have access to ID cards, which they need in order to do everyday things like open bank accounts, rent apartments, pick up prescription meds and access certain city services.

When the program started in January of 2015, no one predicted that there would be a Trump administration, but here we are and Donald Trump will be sworn in as President of the United Sates on January 20.

Let’s not forget that the President-elect has promised to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, which is why civil liberties activists have been legitimately concerned that the IDNYC information could be used by the new administration to track down undocumented immigrants.

What does this all mean for people who have already applied for Municipal IDs whose info is on file? Well, when the program was instituted a provision was added that allows the city to destroy the records up until December 31 of this year. If the city chooses to do so, there will be many sighs of relief.

On the flip side, Republican politicians are suing in an effort to maintain the information that is already on file. On Wednesday, a Brooklyn judge issued a temporary restraining order pending a hearing on December 21.

Regardless, a rep for De Blasio seems to be “confident” that all records will remain private. ?


Learn more about what NYC plans on doing to protect undocumented immigrants here.

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