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Mónica Ramírez, ’03, named to Time Magazine’s 2021 “Next 100” List

February 18, 2021 | Alumni

Moritz alumna Mónica Ramírez, ’03, was named to Time Magazine’s 2021 Next 100 list, which highlights 100 emerging leaders who are shaping the future.

“The knowledge possessed by Mónica Ramírez’s giant heart is just what makes her the breath of fresh air needed in a civil rights attorney. Her work through organizations like Justice for Migrant Women is only a fraction of proof of how hard she fights for the migrant worker; it has blown me away. Ranging from demanding equal pay for women and organizing against voter suppression to workplace sexual abuse and calling for COVID-19 relief for migrant families. Mónica’s compassion is built in the foundation of her life. She grew up in a rural community with deep family roots of migrant farmworkers before studying public administration at Harvard University. She used those accomplishments to raise more than $4 million in aid for farmworkers affected by the pandemic. She is kind, playful, truthful and whip-smart. The type of person you need fighting for your civil rights.

“I admire her generosity; I remember wanting to speak to her when most inconvenient. She was in between flights, and we had lunch at a Colombian restaurant. Through this conversation and bonding, I experienced her value, her drive. When she talks about saving the world, it’s like she is personally delivering a secret message to you—that she believes in you, in people. She lives her life to create a positive change for others. She is a gift to those in her presence; I am glad to call her my friend.”