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Advocating for migrant farmworkers

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It is inspiring to watch Lourdes Villanueva in action. She is doing what she does best: helping children and their parents. Lourdes works as the Director of Advocacy for Redlands Christian Migrant Association.

She is so good at what she does because she's been there herself. Her parents were farm workers and she started working in the fields at age 11.

"After I got married, I continued to do that. I think when my oldest son was uh we took him to the fields. He basically spent the first two years of his life in the back of a pickup truck," she said.

But she wanted something different for her children. So as they became school age, she stayed put. In fact, she eventually got her GED and as she raised her family, she went to college and got a degree from USF. Now at Redlands Christian, she makes it her business to help families.

"It is a confusing world for them... they are fearful," she says.

She's even caught the eye of the White House. She was recently honored as a head start "Champion of Change," for her long career devoted to the goal of "educating and caring for our youngest, most vulnerable children."

"I have pretty much made it my business that families are treated fairly," she said.

And she wants everyone to remember how important farm workers are to all of us.

"I think right now, we are still blessed that  from our backyard."

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