Women, immigrants, people of color, and workers are under attack right now. Domestic workers are impacted by all of these threats. We are building a powerful movement to fight for dignity and justice.
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8 ways to defend domestic workers:
2 Million workers
Care for our nation's homes and families. Most of them are immigrant women and women of color.
But they don’t receive the respect they deserve.
Nannies, housekeepers, and home healthcare workers have historically been excluded from basic labor protections.
Without formal legal protections, and in fear of being fired (and in some cases, deported), many workers tolerate low or no pay and abusive employers.
The National Domestic Workers Alliance believes in dignity and justice for all domestic workers.
We’re on the cutting edge of the movement for workers’ rights
Federal laws exclude domestic workers from joining a union, and most are paid informally, so we’ve gotten creative about how we establish and enforce rights for the two million housekeepers, nannies, and home healthcare workers in the US.
We’re constantly innovating, experimenting, and exploring.
Right now our members are
Building leadership capacity through trainings and workshops.
Passing laws that guarantee strong workplace protections.
Sharing their stories with the media to bring dignity to domestic work.
Leveraging the power of technology to improve working conditions.
Building community among diverse domestic workers.
Growing our movement by offering benefits to workers members.
Our movement is at the intersection of gender, racial, economic, disability, and migrant justice – and we’re winning.
Since 2010, our movement has passed 6 unprecedented bills of rights that establish legal protections for domestic workers on a state level.
Our victories have brought visibility and recognition to our work — in 2012, Executive Director Ai-jen Poo was named one of TIME’s Most Influential People in the World, and in 2015, she received the MacArthur Genius Award.
States where we've won victories for Domestic Workers
Our Board of Directors is composed primarily of domestic workers, women like:
Silvia immigrated to the United States from Mexico in 2000 to provide better educational opportunities for her daughter. For the past 15 years, she has worked as a house cleaner. Sylvia has participated in many local and national campaigns to improve the working conditions and rights of domestic workers. She loves her work and takes great pride leaving her clients’ homes gleaming.
She's now an active member of Casa Latina, and recently was elected to NDWA's Board of Directors by her peers.
Join our movement!
Here’s what your gift can do:
Your contribution goes directly to support our innovative programming and improve the lives of millions of hardworking domestic workers.
Print materials for nannies to do outreach in a local park
Buy bus fare to and from the state capitol to lobby for a Bill of Rights
Provide food for a meeting of domestic workers strategizing about their next campaign
Sponsor a group of workers to participate in our biennial gathering of members from across the country