Miriam Miranda has dedicated her life to defending the cultural and land rights of the Garífuna people in Honduras .  She is the leader of the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH), and has coordinated efforts to counter land theft by big tourism businesses, reclaim ancestral territories formerly belonging to Garífuna communities, stop drug traffickers, promote sustainable environmental practices, and support community leadership development for youth and women. This role has made her the target of death threats, imprisonment, and attacks. It’s also taken her around the world, building ties between movements and people. Miranda has received the Óscar Romero Human Rights Award and the US Food Sovereignty Alliance’s International Food Sovereignty Prize. In 2016, she was awarded the Carlos Escaleras environmental prize for 30 years of activist work.