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Hand in Hand is a national network of employers of nannies, housecleaners and home attendants working for dignified and respectful working conditions that benefit the employer and worker alike.

Mission

Hand in Hand is a national network of employers of nannies, house cleaners and home attendants, our families and allies. We believe 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. 

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.

After the campaign succeeded, participants agreed that one key element had been the participation of Jewish employers. Organized by Jews for Racial & Economic Justice, they testified for domestic worker rights throughout the campaign. With encouragement from the MacArthur-winning labor organizer Ai-Jen Poo, danielle feris founded Hand in Hand in partnership with Poo’s National Domestic Workers Alliance to continue to collaborate in future campaigns and efforts to address the common interests of workers and employers nationwide, whose lives are so intimately connected.

From a small, volunteer-led organization, Hand in Hand has grown into a staffed nonprofit organization with a strong national leadership, and growing influence around the country.

Work With Us

Want to work at the intersections of labor, feminism, racial justice, economic equality, immigration, and more? Then you might like working with us on the issues that affect the domestic workforce and domestic employers.

Our Work

Righting a historic wrong based in racism and sexism

Righting a historic wrong based in racism and sexism


Although domestic workers are professionals who do real work every day, they are excluded from many of the basic protections guaranteed by the Fair Labor Standards Act to most other workers in the United States.


This is because in the 1930s, domestic workers were excluded from most New Deal-era labor laws: In an effort to control the African-American workforce, Southern politicians refused to sign legislation that included domestic workers and farm workers.


Many domestic workers still don’t earn a living wage and work without access to health care, paid sick days, or paid time off.
Moreover, because domestic workers’ workplaces are inside other people’s homes, the struggles domestic workers face are largely out of the public spotlight.


Hand in Hand helps employers recognize that their homes are workplaces—and that we have both legal obligations and opportunities to make our homes workplaces that they can be proud of.  


Through education, advocacy, organizing, and cultural change, we aim to address power imbalance between workers and employers and challenge the ways our culture devalues care work.

Making it more affordable and accessible to get support

Making it more affordable and accessible to get support

Childcare and support for people with disabilities and seniors are simply unaffordable for a great number of people in this country.

Individual employers should not have to shoulder the burden that results from the lack of a comprehensive care infrastructure to support families ― and domestic workers should not have to bear the brunt of this systemic failure.

We need to transform the care industry so that all kinds of care throughout the life spectrum are affordable and accessible to all those who need it.  

Who are Hand in Hand members?

Who are Hand in Hand members?

We are diverse group, including:

  • low- and middle-income people with disabilities who employ home attendants
  • working parents who hire childcare workers
  • seniors who need long-term care
  • “sandwich generation” individuals who support both their children and their parents
  • individuals who employ domestic workers to help clean and manage their homes.

We believe that all our challenges are connected.

Why do employers join Hand in Hand?

Why do employers join Hand in Hand?

  • Needing support and resources: Many people who employ domestic workers are navigating their own care needs while seeking to realize their commitment to fair employment practices.
  • Finding a community:  This helps people combat isolation and share common experiences of employing home attendants or childcare providers, including feeling personally transformed by their relationship with the worker they employ.
  • Engaging in a movement with shared values: Domestic employers who seek to foster a fair workplace in their homes are often grounded in values of justice, workers rights, awareness that the personal is political, and recognition of the complexity of people’s lives and multiple identities as employers.

Events

Upcoming Events
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Building Worker Power: The History and Future of Solidarity with Domestic Workers

Building Worker Power: The History and Future of Solidarity with Domestic Workers

September 23, 2020, 5:00pm - September 23, 2020, 6:30pm

National Domestic Workers Alliance45 Broadway, Suite 320,New York, NY10006 Map

**RSVP HERE: actionnetwork.org/events/building-worker-power-the-history-and-future-of-solidarity-with-domestic...

Worker power has led to great strides in making good, sustainable jobs. Unions in the United States have made jobs like teaching, nursing, and manufacturing long-term options for families and stable opportunities for young people. Today, workers across industries that aren't unionized are organizing to fight for $15 and earn benefits like paid time off and healthcare.

But domestic workers are legally barred from unionizing. So as workers, allies, and employers, how can we build solidarity and worker power in the absence of a formal union? How are we running and winning campaigns to ensure that labor policy represents those who work inside of homes as well as outside them? Learn about the history and future of building worker power in this webinar, as well as the campaigns Hand in Hand is working on!

**RSVP HERE: actionnetwork.org/events/building-worker-power-the-history-and-future-of-solidarity-with-domestic...
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#FreeTheFamilies Vigil by Hand in Hand Jackson Heights

#FreeTheFamilies Vigil by Hand in Hand Jackson Heights

September 26, 2020, 4:00pm - September 26, 2020, 5:00pm

Travers ParkNew York, NY11372 Map

Join Hand in Hand members and our neighbors in Queens for a #FreeTheFamilies Vigil on Saturday, September 26th at 4pm in solidarity with refugee women who have been sterilized against their will by ICE.

This is a COVID-19 safe playdate protest so children are welcome to participate. Everyone must wear a mask and be 6 feet apart.

We'll build a memorial with stuffed animals, toys, candles and anything that connect us parents and children to show our love to immigrant women.

We're joining thousands of voices across the country to #FreeTheFamilies Vigil, a nationwide action organized by Families Belong Together affiliates.

Last week, Dawn Wooten, a former nurse at ICE's Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia revealed that ICE surgically removed an “inordinate” number of women’s wombs against their will. The cruelty and inhumane treatment against refugees and immigrants by the government need to stop.

Contact the organizers:
[email protected]
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Talk Out The Vote!

Talk Out The Vote!

September 30, 2020, 8:00pm - September 30, 2020, 9:30pm

Online via Zoom

**REGISTER HERE: actionnetwork.org/events/talk-out-the-vote-brave-conversations-to-improve-voter-turnout-in-2020-2

Join Hand in Hand members across the country and in key voter turnout states for the 2020 election! We'll talk about the history of voter suppression, the safest way to vote in the midst of a pandemic, and focus on the importance of having brave conversations with our friends, families, and extended networks about why voting this year is as important as it's ever been.

You'll have time to think about who you want to talk to, what you want to say, and you'll hear about how other members have had successful conversations with people they felt nervous to approach!
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Going "Back" to School At Home

Going "Back" to School At Home

October 1, 2020, 5:00pm - October 1, 2020, 6:00pm

Join us to discuss resources developed by NDWA and Hand in Hand, to help you answer some of the questions you may have on how to manage supporting your child's learning with a nanny or online learning supervisor keeping fairness and safety front and center!

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Hand in Hand NYC & NJ Virtual Annual Meeting

Hand in Hand NYC & NJ Virtual Annual Meeting

October 4, 2020, 2:00pm - October 4, 2020, 4:00pm

NYC-New Jersey 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting
Join us for a virtual lunch session!
Register: tinyurl.com/handinhandnyc-nj2020

Join Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network's NYC & NJ Annual Regional meeting on Sunday, October 4th from 2 pm to 4 pm EST to shape a new vision for 2021 for an empowered domestic employer & worker community. We’ll host conversations and parallel workshops led by Hand in Hand employer leaders and our partners like domestic worker organizations and NYC government agencies.

Domestic employers, workers, and family caregivers are encouraged to participate!

What to expect:
- Updates on domestic worker campaigns in New York City (and some other NY areas) and New Jersey
- Share & discuss resources for fair domestic employers (e.g. best employment practices during COVID-19, federal and state benefits for employers & workers, etc.)
- Identify opportunities to stay involved in our care community as a domestic employer, worker and/or family caregiver
- Set 1on1s with Hand in Hand employer leaders regarding your own home as a workplace

Let's transform the care industry and build a feminist care communit!

If you have questions about the meeting or if you have questions about employment practices, please email NYC & NJ Lead Organizer Tatiana Bejar at [email protected]
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Past Events
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SF Domestic Work Dignity Council Campaign Launch!

SF Domestic Work Dignity Council Campaign Launch!

September 2, 2020, 12:00pm - September 2, 2020, 1:00pm

@CaDomesticWorkers

Join us and other domestic employers and allies to support the kick-off to the campaign to win a San Francisco Domestic Work Dignity Council!

12pm Pacific- 1pm Pacific

View on Facebook @CADomesticWorkers and on HIH's Facebook page

Can't join? Sign the petition of support: bit.ly/SFDomesticWork
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Guidance for employers hiring nannies/teachers during Covid-19

Guidance for employers hiring nannies/teachers during Covid-19

September 1, 2020, 8:15pm - September 1, 2020, 9:30pm

Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network45 Broadway, Suite 320New York, NY10006 Map

***Habra interpretación al español en esta conversación, más abajo información en español.

Join Hand in Hand and NDWA on September 1st at 8:15pm EST for a deep dive conversation with domestic employers/parents, nannies, and teachers to get a better understanding on how the pandemic will continue to impact domestic work in New York.

New employment trends are arising during COVID-19 to meet family needs and with them new requests for workers. Whether employers are requesting nannies/teachers to live in, and/or hiring teachers as nannies or vice versa, domestic work continues to be ignored by the government leaving employers and workers to make decisions in isolation. At our meeting, we'll learn about best employment practices for people employed at home, what to do and what not to do to create a fair, safe and healthy work environment that benefit employer and worker alike.

Email [email protected] if you have questions.

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Acompaña a Mano a Mano: La Red de Empleadoras Domésticas y a la Alianza Nacional de Trabajadoras del Hogar el 1 de Setiembre a las 8:15 pm EST en una conversación entre empleadoras, niñeras, y educadoras para tener un mejor entendimiento sobre como la pandemia continuara impactando el trabajo domestico en Nueva York.

Nuevas tendencias están apareciendo durante la pandemia que responden a nuevas necesidades en las familias y con eso nuevos requerimientos para las trabajadoras del hogar. Empleadoras están buscando niñeras o maestras or vice versa para que vivan con ellas. El trabajo domestico continua siendo ignorado por el gobierno dejando a las empleadoras y trabajadoras en aislamiento para la toma de decisiones. En nuestra llamada aprenderemos sobre buenas practicas de empleo para las personas que trabajan en el hogar, qué hacer y qué no hacer para crear un ambiente de trabajo, justo, seguro y saludable que beneficie a la empleadora y trabajadora por igual. Cualquier pregunta escriba a [email protected]
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Defending Our Loved One’s Rights to Safety & Dignity in Nursing Homes

Defending Our Loved One’s Rights to Safety & Dignity in Nursing Homes

August 27, 2020, 3:00pm - August 27, 2020, 4:00pm

California

Defending Our Loved One’s Rights to Safety & Dignity during COVID: A gathering of people who are advocates for their loved ones inside nursing homes

This is a gathering of people who have, or had, loved ones in skilled nursing facilities impacted by COVID 19 to learn from and to share our experiences defending our loved one’s right to a safe and dignified treatment. In our conversation, we will reimagine what a dignified, safe and caring nursing home industry would look like and how we strengthen the voice of families to hold nursing home companies accountable.

RSVP and Accessibility Details here: Bit.ly/DefendingOurLovedOnes

Background:
We have lost loved ones to COVID and other preventable ailments inside nursing homes. Or, our loved ones still reside in a nursing home and we constantly worry if they will be infected by COVID or another infectious disease.

We are the children, the parents, the siblings, the cousins, the grandchildren and the chosen family of nursing home patients who check in on our loved one regularly, get to know the staff and speak up when our loved one isn’t getting the support or care they need. We are the ones who are delivering extra gloves and masks for the under-paid and overworked frontline staff. We are the ones who are sending COVID updates to the nursing home manager with the hope that they will take heed of the best practices to protect their residents and staff.

We are the ones, who see, first hand, how nursing home companies prioritize their profits over their people. To maximize their profits, nursing homes have cut financial corners, maintain bare-bones staffing levels, lack infectious disease controls and, until ordered to, were sometimes not providing their own staff with personal protective equipment (PPE).

Due to this profit motive, we’ve seen how nursing homes have become the most deadly place to be during the pandemic with thousands of people dying from COVID inside nursing homes. Yet, it didn’t have to be this way. Many of us have lost loved ones because of decisions made by those in power and because of age-old policies that deem some more worthy of life than others. It’s time for us to come together to honor their lives, fight for those who are still alive and to make this a place where everyone is cared for as full, equal human beings.
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Help us Pass Human Rights bill Int 339 in NYC Council!

Help us Pass Human Rights bill Int 339 in NYC Council!

August 12, 2020, 8:00pm - August 12, 2020, 9:30pm

Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network45 Broadway, Suite 320New York, NY10006 Map

***Habra interpretación al español en esta conversación, más abajo información en español.

Join Hand in Hand and NDWA on August 12th at 8:00pm EST for a conversation between domestic employers and workers on the exclusion of domestic workers in the NYC Human Rights Law in relation with their workplace.

We'll hear about how this exclusion has impacted the lives of workers, and positive experiences when employers implement human rights values at home. You'll also learn ways to support the passage of Int 339 in NYC Council -a bill that would amend the NYC Human Rights Law to include domestic workers.

By passing Int 339, the City will be providing workers with long overdue protections against discrimination in the workplace, and coverage under the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act .

Email [email protected] if you have questions.

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Acompaña a Mano a Mano: La Red de Empleadoras Domésticas y a la Alianza Nacional de Trabajadoras del Hogar el 12 de agosto a las 8pm EST en una conversación entre trabajadoras del hogar y empleadoras sobre la exclusión de las trabajadoras del hogar en la Ley de Derechos Humanos en la Ciudad de Nueva York. Escucharemos las historias de discriminación que afectan a las trabajadoras y recomendaciones sobre cómo traer valores de derechos humanos en el lugar del trabajo. También aprenderemos cómo apoyar la aprobación de Int 339 en el Concejo de la Ciudad -esta propuesta de ley incluiría a trabajadoras el hogar en la Ley de Derechos Humanos, dando protecciones contra discriminación en el lugar del trabajo, y cobertura bajo el Acto de Igualdad de las Trabajadoras Embarazadas. Cualquier pregunta escriba a [email protected]
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Talk Out The Vote!

Talk Out The Vote!

August 11, 2020, 5:00pm - August 11, 2020, 6:30pm

Online Only!

**Register here: actionnetwork.org/events/talk-out-the-vote-brave-conversations-to-improve-voter-turnout-in-2020

Join Hand in Hand members across the country and in key voter turnout states for the 2020 election! We'll talk about the history of voter suppression, the safest way to vote in the midst of a pandemic, and focus on the importance of having brave conversations with our friends, families, and extended networks about why voting this year is as important as it's ever been.

You'll have time to think about who you want to talk to, what you want to say, and you'll hear about how other members have had successful conversations with people they felt nervous to approach!

Register here: actionnetwork.org/events/talk-out-the-vote-brave-conversations-to-improve-voter-turnout-in-2020
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