Petroamerica Pagan de Colon


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(1911–1980) Petroamerica Pagan de Colon championed the causes of employment, security, safe working conditions, and workers’ rights throughout her public career. Born in the mountains of Puerto Rico, she studied social work at the University of Puerto Rico and human resources development at Columbia University. Her career began in rural vocational education, but her commitment to employment issues led to executive appointments with the Departments of Education and of Labor in Puerto Rico. In the course of her work, she introduced programs benefiting migrant workers, people with disabilities, and other disadvantaged groups. Her pioneering work in vocational rehabilitation continues to be the base around which these services are offered. She helped draft original legislation for the protection and security of Puerto Rican migrant workers in the United States and developed employment services during Operation Bootstrap.


From Encyclopedia of Social Work in Oxford Reference.

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