A Labor Trafficking Survivor Speaks Out

A Labor Trafficking Survivor Speaks Out

As the sole provider for her children and mother, Maria* was desperate to support her family. In 2007, she began working as a housekeeper for an El Paso businessman. For the next nine years Maria endured physical, psychological, economic, and sexual abuse at the hands...
Labor Organizing and the Left in Colombia During Dynamic Times

Labor Organizing and the Left in Colombia During Dynamic Times

Eduviges Campo and Caridad Vasquez are national officers with SINTRACIHOBI the union of in-home childcare providers, who won a 12 day national strike this April. They will talk about their struggles as women to build a union over the last 30 years, thoughts on...
When Services Allow Organizing, Trafficked Workers Win

When Services Allow Organizing, Trafficked Workers Win

Emergency rooms, social security offices, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement outposts consigned into strip malls: places that manage to be dreary and fluorescent at the same time. A decade ago, on any given day of the week, I’d be bringing an abused domestic...
Author Event: Household Workers Unite!

Author Event: Household Workers Unite!

Premilla Nadasen will discuss and sign her new book Household Workers Unite telling the stories of African American domestic workers and the little-known history of the domestic worker movement with perspectives on race, labor, feminism, and organizing. In this...
Homecare Worker Rule Here to Stay

Homecare Worker Rule Here to Stay

Last week, Chief Justice John Roberts denied a request from three industry groups seeking to delay a new rule which grants basic minimum wage and overtime pay protections to 2 million homecare workers. The industry groups argued that the new rule would devastate the...
The Ongoing Exploitation of Home Care Workers

The Ongoing Exploitation of Home Care Workers

Who will take care of grandma? It’s a question we need to answer. As baby boomers grow older, the elderly population — seniors who are 80 and older — will increase almost 200 percent by 2050. Our long-term care system isn’t ready. Studies show that older Americans...
Brown Bag: Beyond Survival

Brown Bag: Beyond Survival

Join the National Domestic Workers Alliance and our host AFL-CIO for a brown bag discussion about Beyond Survival, NDWA’s new campaign aiming to build a survivor and worker voice in the fight against human trafficking of domestic workers. Organizers, staff, and...
Author Event: Part of The Family?

Author Event: Part of The Family?

The economy, and society generally, has long devalued workers who toil inside of homes to care for children, elders, and people with disabilities. Because of workers and organizers in the U.S., this has finally begun to change. Part of the Family is the first book to...
Briefing: World Day Against Child Labor

Briefing: World Day Against Child Labor

Child domestic servitude is a global human rights challenge affecting millions of children – mainly girls – who are forced out of classrooms and into private households to cook and clean, and in many cases, care for other children and the elderly. Many...
Women’s Fast for Families on the National Mall

Women’s Fast for Families on the National Mall

The Women’s Fast for Families invites you to visit our tent on the National Mall, at 4th Street, near the Air and Space Museum. From April 7-April 9, 100 women from around the country will fast together on the National Mall, calling for fair immigration reform...
The Dead-End Servant Economy

The Dead-End Servant Economy

Fire fighter, basketball player, lion tamer, teacher, nurse: Ask little kids what they want to be when they grow up, and you’ll get all sorts of answers. But you’ll never hear this one. You’ll never hear youngsters say they want to devote their...
What Will Excluded Workers Celebrate Next Labor Day?

What Will Excluded Workers Celebrate Next Labor Day?

While the Labor Day holiday is meant to give us time to reflect on the victories in human progress that were hard-fought by the Union movement, it is also a great time to check in on the “excluded workers” movement — workers who, because of policy or...
Syria: Descending into Civil War

Syria: Descending into Civil War

The sound of what seems like thunder wakes me up at 3 am, Monday, a few hours after I arrived in Damascus. Storm coming, I think, and my jetlagged brain plunges back to sleep. When I go down to jog at six, the side streets around the Hotel Arjaan are blocked off by...