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Cristina Coc (born 1981) is a Ketchi Maya woman from Belize, who is a leader of the Maya community in southern Belize. She has served as co-spokesperson for the Maya Leadership Alliance and is the founder and executive director of the advocacy organization, the Julian Cho Society. In 2015, she and the MLA were awarded the Equator Prize for their efforts in protecting indigenous rights.Cristina Coc was born on 21 December 1981 in Laguna, a traditional Mayan village in the Toledo District of Belize. She was the youngest of four other daughters born to Maria (née Baki) and Mateo Coc. Until she entered school, Coc was raised in Laguna, but seeking better education for their children, the family relocated to Punta Gorda, where Coc attended St. Peter Claver School. Her academic excellence led to a scholarship award to attend high school at the Toledo Community College, from which she graduated in 1998. Determined to continue her education, Coc applied St. John's College, Junior College (SJCJC) and was accepted, but had to leave school because of financial and personal hardship. Wikipedia


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