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.

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Mission

Hand in Hand is building a just and caring economy starting in our homes and communities. We support employers of nannies, house cleaners, home care workers, and attendants, their families and allies to understand that their homes are workplaces. We organize people to demand dignity and fairness for domestic workers, and to win public investment in care for families, people with disabilities and older adults.

Vision

We envision a world that values domestic work as fundamental to building a just and caring economy. A world that celebrates every person’s humanity and belonging, and repairs our country’s legacies of systemic injustice.  A world where all people can access and afford the childcare and home care we need to live whole lives with dignity. A world in which we depend on one another, and build collective solutions together.

Core Values

  • Workers’ rights and dignity
  • Social justice and intersectionality
  • Interdependence
  • Collective power

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.

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Have you been wanting to learn more about how you can get involved and support our work? Part 1 of our Leadership Training Series kicks-off TOMORROW, Wednesday, May 25th at 12 PM PDT / 3 PM EDT. 

Part 1: Strengthening Our Movement Through Virtual Organizing

Would you like to learn more about how to effectively do outreach on social media and beyond? Are you willing to use your networks to build and support employer advocacy for domestic workers rights? Learn about algorithms, accessibility in posting, effective twitter, email, or text campaigns and more. 
 
Register here to join us: https://secure.everyaction.com/tUDquSU05ku3vvULlwH9GA2?=FB
Were still celebrating this morning 🎊 

ICYMI: Yesterday, the New Jersey State Assemblys Labor Committee voted IN FAVOR of the New Jersey Domestic Workers Bill Of Rights! Next stop: State Senate! Our members and coalition partners fought, showed up, and made this happen 👏

Adhikaar  National Domestic Workers Alliance

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👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

San Francisco domestic workers and their allies won an ordinance in 2021 to help them access paid sick leave because nearly three-quarters of SF domestic workers were not receiving it. If you employ a nanny, housecleaner or home care worker take the Pledge to Provide Sick Leave today. It takes 2 minutes and it will help ensure that domestic workers get the paid sick leave they need to care for themselves and their families now and in the future. 

No one should have to choose between their health and a paycheck. Sign and share the pledge: https://secure.everyaction.com/lsosoaR3e06UYsWqq9DbpQ2?=FB

National Domestic Workers Alliance CA Domestic Workers Coalition

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Please sign and pass this on to your San Francisco friends! Fernando Martí Maria Guillen Marianne Manilov Mari Posa Mario de Mira CA Domestic Workers Coalition California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA) Senior and Disability Action Ligia Montano Allie Cannington Alyce Desrosiers National Domestic Workers Alliance Caring Across Generations Dolores Street Community Services Austin Tam Sasha Harris-Cronin @GenevieveNégron-Gonzales

Sharing! And tagging some SF folks who support domestic worker rights to encourage you to sign and share 🙂 Jen Devries Joy Serquiña

Want to learn how to support our work? Join us for our upcoming Leadership Training Series! 

We are offering a series of two trainings for people involved or who want to get more involved in Hand in Hand’s work in domestic worker rights, employer outreach and education, and fair and affordable care for all. You are welcome to attend one or both sessions in this series.

Part 1: Strengthening Our Movement Through Virtual Organizing
Wednesday, May 25th 
12:00PM - 1:30 PM PDT / 3:00PM - 4:30 PM EDT
Would you like to learn more about how to effectively do outreach on social media and beyond? Are you willing to use your networks to build and support employer advocacy for domestic workers rights? Learn about algorithms, accessibility in posting, effective twitter, email, or text campaigns and more. 
Register Here: https://secure.everyaction.com/tUDquSU05ku3vvULlwH9GA2?=FB

Part 2: The Power of Your Story: Peer to Peer Organizing 
Wednesday, June 8th
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM PDT / 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT

The most effective way to reach domestic employers is through our personal networks. Your story can help to build the movement for domestic worker rights and fair care for all. In this training participants will learn about the structure of a compelling public narrative and workshop how to tell your own story to inspire social and cultural change.
Register Here: https://secure.everyaction.com/hbtFauntnkO0MzYUWcbsxA2?=FBImage attachment