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Lifelong Detroiter, mother of four and grandmother of five. Graduate of Wayne State University. She holds a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice with a co minor in Chicano Boricua Studies and remains involved as an alum of Wayne State in ensuring that this important program remains and thrives at WSU.

She also holds a Masters Degree in Industrial Relations and a certificate from the Labor School, also of Wayne State University. She is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Detroit and a a proud  elected member of Detroit School Board ( In Exile), representing District 2, Southwest Detroit.

Her labor of love is gathering oral histories of Mexicans from Detroit, mostly those repatriated during the Great Depression, from the US to Mexico. This work has included a  documentary and conferences in the US and in Mexico, to piece together this important history missing from the history books. ( Los Repatriados: Exiles from The Promised Land, 2001. Herrada is an advocate on issues of immigration issues, public education issues for all Detroiters and local, national and international human rights. She lives in Detroit. She gardens to ward off rage.