National Domestic Workers Alliance Applauds Appeals Court Decision Granting Two Million Home Care Workers Basic Rights

MEDIA CONTACT: B. Loewe, 773.791.4668,

Securing Basic Protections for Home Care Workers Is Crucial to Strengthening Critical, Growing Workforce

Pushing for equality for transgender people

The epidemic of violence against trans people, especially trans women of color, shows no sign of slowing down. Alicia Garza, co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter, joins the ACLU's Chase Strangio and NBC BLK contributor Danielle Moodie-Mills join to discuss this on the Melissa Harris-Perry show on MSNBC.

"I Don’t Believe Sandy Committed Suicide"

NDWA Special Projects Director Alicia Garza and fellow #BlackLivesMatter Co-Founders Speak Out on Sandra Bland

A Living Wage for Caregivers

Marlene Juarez worked as a nanny for a family near Boston, taking care of four children ranging in age from 6 months to 6 years old; she organized play dates, cooked, did laundry and cleaned a large house. Both parents worked full time and in some weeks asked Juarez to work as many as 60 or 70 hours. Juarez had recently emigrated from Honduras, and was afraid to complain. She couldn’t afford to lose her job. But, once, she requested a few hours off to deal with a personal matter — and in response, her employers docked her pay.

2 Million Homecare Workers Need Court to OK Raise

A U.S. District court in Washington, D.C., will rule any day on an appeal from the Department of Labor in a case of great importance for the rapidly expanding ranks of homecare workers.

These workers--home health aides and personal care aides who are about 90 percent female--often live with the elderly or disabled people they assist and perform tasks such as bathing, dressing, cooking, cleaning and help getting around.

We Were Never Meant to Survive: A Response to the Attack in Charleston

NDWA Special Projects Diretcor Alicia Garza has written a powerful response to the attack in Charleston at

We, as a country, in the face of even more Black lives taken way before their time, have a choice to make. It is no longer a question of whether or not racism exists, nor is it a question of whether or not racism is an epidemic that plagues our very existence. The choice we have to make is whether or not we are willing to take it on in a real way.

Our lives, quite literally, depend on it.

Oregon becomes fifth state to pass domestic worker bill of rights

On Thursday, Oregon became the fifth state to sign a "domestic workers bill of rights" into law.

Senate Bill 552, the Oregon Domestic Workers' Protection Act, puts in place workplace protections for domestic workers such as house cleaners, housekeepers and nannies working in private homes. The provisions include overtime pay, periods of rest, paid personal time and protection against harassment.

Oregon's domestic workers gain labor protections as Gov. Kate Brown signs new law

Nannies, housekeepers and home cleaners gained new workplace protections this week when Gov. Kate Brown signed the Oregon Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights into law.

The governor signed Senate Bill 552 on Wednesday extending provisions for overtime pay, rest periods, paid personal time off and protections against sexual harassment and retaliation to an estimated 10,000 domestic workers in Oregon.

Oregon Becomes 5th State to Pass Bill of Rights for Domestic Workers

For Immediate Release
Contact: B. Loewe, 773.791.4668,
Jennifer Dillon, 773-860-7877,

Governor Brown to sign SB 552 into law today, ending 77 years of exclusion

Salem, OR  - June 17, 2015

Nannies And Housekeepers See Workplace Progress, Finally Granted Days Off And Overtime

Oregon recently joined a handful of states that have committed to granting nannies and housekeepers overdue basic human rights.