With her bubbly personality, Yesica Ramirez is our General Coordinator. Being a migrant herself, Yesica has struggled like any other migrant. She left her home and family in Michoacan, Mexico, home of the migrating Monarch butterflies. The Monarch butterflies start their 3,000 mile (about the width of the United States) migration from Canada and the United States and end up in Michoacan, Mexico.

As to leaving her home and arriving in Apopka, Florida, the first job Yesica took was as a plant nursery worker; she lasted six years there. Then, Yesica took several other jobs such as housekeeping and dishwasher. But during the years Yesica worked at the plant nursery, she had no clue about pesticides and wondered what and how she had gotten rashes on her arms and hands. She later became pregnant with her third child; her baby was born with a lot of complications. Upon birth, the baby needed to get the skull cut to get the head molded. Another long-term complication is the child has severe eczema with cold and hot weather. Throughout the time when the community members were active, fed up, and had a hint of hope for immigration reform, Yesica, along with members of the community, marched in one of FWAF’s marches in 2006. That was her introduction to the Farmworker Association of Florida. Yesica would later volunteer at another FWAF’s marches by picking up trash. When Yesica’s third child was seven months old, Yesica was invited as FWAF’s receptionist. As she became more involved with FWAF, she went on understanding and making sense of a lot of stuff such as the rashes on her hands and arms, and her child’s health complications. It made sense that during the six years she worked at the plant nursery, the smell of Clorox and alcohol would affect her pregnancy. Yesica would make this mixture with no protective gear, meaning no masks or gloves, explaining the rashes on her hands and arms. When the Apopka office had a vacant spot for the Area Organizer position, Yesica was invited to apply with only having completed middle school in Michoacan and not knowing any English. Now understanding and speaking English, Yesica has been fighting for social justice with FWAF for 12 years. She is now FWAF’s first woman General Coordinator.