Meet Ilda Martinez
Ilda Martinez, 18, was born in Plant City, a farm community east of Tampa. Yet a big piece of her soul is in her extended family’s hometown in southern Mexico, where Martinez was taken in infancy. Her parents returned to the U.S. where they harvested crops and sent money home. Little Ilda stayed in Oaxaca with her grandmother, and learned to speak the indigenous Mixteco language. When she was two, Martinez returned to the Plant City area to her parents. They enrolled her in RCMA’s Dover Child.