Mission

Hand in Hand is a national network of employers of nannies, house cleaners and home attendants, our families and allies, who are grounded in the conviction that dignified and respectful working conditions benefit worker and employer alike. We envision a future where people live in caring communities that recognize all of our interdependence. To get there, we support employers to improve their employment practices, and to collaborate with workers to change cultural norms and public policies that bring dignity and respect to domestic workers and all of our communities.

History

Hand in Hand was founded in 2010 by a group of domestic employers and their allies who had worked side by side with domestic workers to support the passage of the New York State Domestic Worker Bill of Rights.

These community members reflected that one aspect of what made the NY campaign so meaningful was the participation of Jewish employers who had been organized with Jews for Racial & Economic Justice. Hand in Hand was founded in partnership with the National Domestic Workers Alliance to connect with domestic employers beyond the Jewish community in NY and nationwide.

From a small, volunteer-led organization, Hand in Hand has grown into an organization with a staff, a strong national leadership, and growing influence and reach in New York, California, and beyond.

OUR CORE VALUES AND GUIDING PRINCIPLES

> Interdependence

Fair care is good for everyone, leading to positive, long-lasting, and mutually respectful relationships between workers and employers.

Domestic workers are vital to the social, emotional, and economic well-being of employers’ families and communities. The domestic workforce helps individuals and families to raise children, pursue careers, age with dignity, and live independently.

Budget cuts, declines in collective bargaining, and anti-immigrant laws hurt domestic workers and their employers. Hand in Hand sees the struggles of the families and individuals who need care in the home and the workers who often provide that labor as deeply connected. We all must work together toward a society that supports us all to live full, healthy and happy lives.

> Practicality

We know that it isn’t always clear what “doing the right thing” means or looks like. That’s why Hand in Hand is providing current and future employers with the tools, resources, and support to navigate the domestic employment experience.

We aim to create a widespread, common understanding of best practices for “high road” employers and to bring the conversation about the domestic workplace from behind closed doors and into our communities, institutions, and national conversation.

Getting support is a practical matter: Nobody born on this planet lives without it!

> Inclusivity

Domestic employers are a diverse constituency: We are a broad range of domestic employers, including low- and middle-income people with disabilities who employ home attendants, working parents who hire child care workers, seniors who need long-term support, and wealthy individuals who employ domestic workers to help manage their homes.

Our experience has taught us that most employers want to do the right thing in their homes. But we also know that some employers simply can’t afford to pay the fair wages they want to pay. Some face the crisis of unmet needs for care and support in the home.

Hand in Hand holds a vision of a transformed care sector where everyone can afford the full range of care and support they need–and where they can be the kind of fair, respectful employers that workers need.

> Unity

Domestic workers are leaders in this movement: Primarily low-income and/or immigrant women or women of color, domestic workers are making invaluable contributions to our communities through the care and support that they provide for ourselves and our loved ones and through the leadership and vision of their organizing to improve the care industry for all. We both follow their lead, and seek to integrate the perspectives and concerns of domestic employers, namely seniors and people with disabilities.