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Donia Human Rights Center

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From the University Record: "Wallenberg lecturer Benitez advocates for farmworkers’ rights"

President Santa J. Ono welcomed Benitez and presented him with the Wallenberg Medal. Ono praised Benitez’s courageous fight for workers’ rights, and said he is an inspiration “for us to not close our eyes to injustice, intimidation and inhumanity.”

Tuesday, October 10, Lucas Benitez, Farmworker Leader, will receive the Wallenberg Medal and deliver the Wallenberg Lecture

“I am immeasurably honored and humbled to receive the Wallenberg Medal in recognition of our efforts to forge a new paradigm for the protection of fundamental human rights from the fields to factories around the globe."

The Donia Human Rights Center is a forum for intellectual exchange on issues around human rights among scholars, practitioners, students, and the broader public. We aim to promote deeper understanding of human rights issues in the contemporary world and to equip our constituents with the tools to tackle challenging human rights problems around the world. Toward that end, we invite leading practitioners and scholars to share their human rights insights and expertise gained through their experiences and research. Thanks to the generous support of the International Institute at the University of Michigan and our benefactors, we are able to sponsor various public events each year featuring prominent speakers in the field of human rights and to support educational activities such as exchange programs and curricular development. We invite students, faculty, and the public to join us for a stimulating and inspiring conversation!

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