Napa, CA (PRWEB) February 24, 2016
Farmworker Justice will honor Amelia Morán Ceja at a reception to be held at Sheppard Mullin Law Firm on February 24, 2016. Farmworker Justice holds an annual award reception in Los Angeles to recognize individuals who have significantly contributed to farmworkers’ efforts to improve their living and working conditions.
Amelia Morán Ceja, the CEO of Ceja Vineyards in Napa, will receive the Dolores Huerta Award. She is a Mexican immigrant who worked as a migrant farmworker as a child and has built a successful winery. This past year she helped Farmworker Justice advocate successfully with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy for the new EPA Worker Protection Standard on pesticides. Farmworkers are routinely exposed to high levels of pesticides in the fields where they work and in the communities where they live. The improved regulation will result in greater awareness by farmworkers of the risks they face and stronger protections from exposure. Ms. Ceja has committed herself and her company to promoting the value and fair treatment of farmworkers in agriculture and the food industry.
“Farmworker Justice is privileged to present our award to this outstanding individual. Ms. Ceja has served as example of personal commitment to achieving justice for our nation’s farmworkers. As an immigrant who was a farmworker as a child, her journey and commitment to the farmworker community are a testament to the varied and valuable contributions agricultural workers and immigrants bring to our nation,” said Bruce Goldstein, President of Farmworker Justice.
“I’m honored to accept the Dolores Huerta Award on behalf of my family and Ceja Vineyards in recognition of the farmworkers’ contributions to our wine industry and agriculture across the country,” said Ceja Vineyards CEO Amelia Morán Ceja. “Without farmworkers there would not be a wine industry nor food on our table and farmworkers must be protected and treated with dignity and respect,” added Ms. Ceja.
Ceja Vineyards is an ultra-premium Latino family owned winery in Napa Valley founded by Mexican immigrants Amelia, Pedro, Armando and Martha Ceja in 1999. Their dedication to sustainable agriculture to protect farmworkers and the environment and the gentle handling of the grapes in the cellar can be tasted in every sip of their legendary estate grown wines. https://www.cejavineyards.com
Farmworker Justice is a nonprofit litigation, advocacy and education organization that seeks to empower migrant farmworkers to improve wages, working conditions, immigration policy, health, occupational safety and access to justice. Farmworker Justice was founded in 1981 and is based in Washington, D.C. http://www.farmworkerjustice.org