Photos by Erin Kirkland, Michigan Photography, University of Michigan

"The exploitation of laborers is a disease that remains rampant throughout the world, says Lucas Benitez, a co-founder of the Florida-based labor and human rights organization the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.

To combat these abuses of human rights — including physical and sexual assault, child labor and wage theft — a proper vaccine is needed, Benitez said in the Wallenberg Lecture that coincided with him receiving the University of Michigan’s 2023 Wallenberg Medal.

Benitez, who also is a key organizational leader and member of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Fair Food Program worker education team, spoke to a crowded Rackham Auditorium on Oct. 10."

Read the full story in the University Record.

Also, please see this article at WGCU, the NPR/PBS affiliate in Southwest Florida.