New Report Discusses Need to Increase Training for Immigrant Care Workers
2.18.2013 | Institute for Women's Policy Research
Low-income immigrant women constitute a large part of the rapidly growing workforce that provides assistance to individuals with disabilities, the chronically ill, and the elderly in need of personal care within private residences. A new report, Improving Career Opportunities for Immigrant Women In-Home Care Workers, from the Institute for Women's Policy Research discusses the need to increase access to high-quality training that specifically targets the needs of immigrant women care workers.
Using original expert interviews and an extensive review of the literature, this report addresses the lack of employment options and career mobility that many foreign-born women who are care workers—particularly those with limited English proficiency—face within their jobs helping others. Increasing access to high-quality training that specifically targets the needs of immigrant women care workers can help them support themselves and their families through the critically valuable labor of providing assistance in homes to those who are disabled, chronically ill, or elderly and in need of help.