LOS ANGELES -- Farmworker Justice honored Amelia Morán Ceja at a reception at Sheppard Mullin Law Firm on Wednesday.
Farmworker Justice holds an annual award reception 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, received the Dolores Huerta Award. This past year, she helped Farmworker Justice advocate successfully with Environmental Protection Agency 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. Ceja and her company work to promote the value and fair treatment of farmworkers in agriculture and the food industry.
“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. “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.”