Girl Rosenberg pioneer helping migrants in KY dies
La Voz de KY
La Voz de KY
Co-founder of Migrant Network dies in accident
Years before the word migrant started to be familiar in this area in the late 80â€™s, Gil Rosenberg was already providing help, food, resources and advocating for a new group of workers that eventually would change the face of Kentucky: Latinos.
Last Saturday May 5, Gil Rosenberg, a long-time advocate for migrant workers and immigrants rights died in a car accident on Interstate 75 in Fayette County.
Rosenberg, was the first stone of what today the Latino community calls Latino community. His brilliant idea to form the Migrant Network Coalition in 1996, led to the development of an active network of advocates, activists and social service providers seriously involved with the Latino community. His contribution to the migrant families and immigrants in general is immeasurable.
Rosenberg's vehicle hit the guard rail at mile marker 98 on I-75, left the roadway and struck a tree about 3:30 p.m., according to Lexington police. Rosenberg, who was wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
The Fayette County coroner's office said Rosenberg died of multiple blunt-force injuries.
â€śThis newspaper, la MNC, the Maxwell Legal Clinic, the Hispanic Association, the migrant health clinics, the advocacy movement, are no more than an extension of Gil Rosenbergâ€™s extraordinary contribution and spirit,â€ť said AndrĂ©s Cruz, publisher of La Voz. â€śHis death is a tremendous loss to Kentuckyâ€™s immigrant and migrant community.â€ť
Rosenberg ,57, of Berea, was an adjunct Faculty at Eastern Kentucky University and Bluegrass Community and Technical College .
Davis & Powell Funeral Home in Berea is handling arrangements.