Statement from NDWA Director Ai-jen Poo on Senate Immigration Compromise

Media Availability for: January 28-29, 2013

Contact: CJ Frogozo, 310 570 2622,
Tim Rusch, 917 399 0236,

Leading Immigrants Rights Activist, Labor Organizer Ai-jen Poo Available for Comment on Senate, President’s New Immigration Plans

New York, NY—“America's leaders have an historic opportunity to create a new day for millions of aspiring Americans,” said Ms. Poo. “What undocumented immigrants need is a clear road to citizenship, not an obstacle course. We must not punish the immigrant workers who America's economy clearly counts on. We must work to keep all of our families together. And we must not turn our already-secure border into a savage border.”

Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and co-director of Caring Across Generations, is available for comment on the new immigration plans from the Senate and President Obama this week. Ms. Poo will be in Las Vegas on Tuesday, January 29 as part of the labor delegation during the announcement of President Obama’s new blueprint for immigration reform. She is available for interview via phone and in-person in Las Vegas.

Ms. Poo has been organizing immigrant women workers since 1996. In 2000 she co-founded Domestic Workers United, the New York Organization that spearheaded the successful passage of the state’s historic Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2010. In 2007, DWU helped organize the first national domestic workers convening, out of which formed the NDWA. Ai-jen serves on the Board of Directors of Momsrising, National Jobs with Justice, Working America, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, and the National Council on Aging. Ai-jen’s numerous accolades include the Ms. Foundation Woman of Vision Award, the Independent Sector American Express NGen Leadership Award, Newsweek’s 150 Fearless Women list, and the TIME 100 list.

To schedule an interview with Ai-jen Poo, please contact: CJ Frogozo at 310 570 2622 or Tim Rusch at 917 399 0236.