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NEW YORK, NY – Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced new guidance to protect immigrant workers fearing immigration retaliation in pending labor investigations. Today’s announcement is a significant development for workers and immigrants in the country, especially immigrant domestic workers whose work makes all of the other work possible. 

“The National Domestic Workers Alliance applauds the DHS decision to create a streamlined process that empowers immigrant workers to enforce their core workplace rights without fear,” said Ai-jen Poo, President of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. “This new guidance ensures that workers, including domestic workers, have the inherent right to be treated with dignity, respect, and protection, regardless of their immigration status.” 

More than a third of domestic workers were born outside of the United States; the new DHS guidance offers workers, especially domestic workers, the opportunity to bravely enforce their civil and labor rights, without fear of retaliation and deportation. This represents historic progress toward an economy where all workers in America have the dignity they deserve. NDWA will continue to ensure that domestic workers are aware of their rights and advocate for their right to a respectful and dignified workplace. 

For more information on this guidance, read the DHS announcement here

National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA)
National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) is the leading voice for dignity and fairness for millions of domestic workers in the United States. Founded in 2007, NDWA works for respect, recognition and inclusion in labor protections for domestic workers, the majority of whom are immigrants and women of color. NDWA is powered by over 70 affiliate organizations and local chapters and by a growing membership base of nannies, house cleaners and care workers in over 20 states. NDWA has created Alia, an online platform to help domestic workers access benefits, not otherwise granted to them, in addition to introducing a National Domestic Workers Bill of Rights with now-Vice President Kamala Harris and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal in 2019. Learn more at