Lucy Ceballos Félix

Lucy Ceballos Félix

Texas LAN Field and Advocacy Manager

lucy@latinainstitute.org

Lucy Ceballos Félix serves as the Senior Texas Field Coordinator for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, where she is responsible for building the base of activists willing to take action on issues, developing community leadership, building relationships with key local, state and national stakeholders, and advancing civic engagement strategies.

Originally from Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, Lucy graduated from the Institute of Science and Studies of Tamaulipas (ICEST) in 1992 with a Bachelors in Social Work. She served as a social worker in community agencies, orphanages, schools, prisons and hospitals in Mexico. Lucy moved to the city of Brownsville, Texas in 1997 where began working as a community health promoter (promotora de salud), earning a certificate from the Texas Department of State Health Services as an Instructor/Promotora. In that capacity, she began community organizing door-to-door and educating people about health issues. In 2007, Lucy directed La Voz Latina (an initiative of Migrant Health Promotion), a program that helps Mexican-American women and their families in the Rio Grande Valley increase their access to reproductive health services and other social services. The program had its roots in training and the strengthening of community leaders. In 2008 Lucy was awarded the national Woman of Vision Award by the Ms. Foundation for her work on reproductive health education and advocacy in the colonias of the Rio Grande Valley.

In her current role at NLIRH, Lucy meets with women and community leaders from various cities in the Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio and Houston in order to develop the leadership and advocacy skills around reproductive justice and support positive changes in their lives, their families and their communities. Lucy believes that reproductive justice is the opportunity to mobilize for social change in our communities because it focuses on the power that exists in women when they organize and fight for the resources and the support they need.  The framework also highlights their human right to self-determination, to control their own bodies and decide if and when they want to have children.

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