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Sergio’s passion for social and environmental justice began when he was a child. His parents separated and his mother, a Mexican Jew, found herself living in Spain, in which divorce and Judaism were prohibited and where women had very few rights and protection under Franco’s laws. However, his mother continued to fight a very long and difficult child-custody battle. A dedicated social activist ever since, Sergio’s mother opened Spain’s first refuge house for abused women and advocated for immigrant rights. Sergio was deeply influenced by his mother’s work and by the age of 14 he was involved in a number of social justice organizations. In his second year of high school, Sergio co-founded a student group for social justice. He has continuously pursued social and environmental justice since that time. [+]