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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.


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. 


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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CA Member Meeting- Vaccines: Domestic Workers & Employers

CA Member Meeting- Vaccines: Domestic Workers & Employers

February 26, 2021, 12:00pm - February 26, 2021, 1:00pm Map

Join us for our CA monthly member meeting! At this meeting we will learn together about how the issue of vaccination affects our communities and some of the important history of the relationships between race and healthcare that shapes today’s experience and who gets access to the vaccine, who doesn't, and what we can do help ensure that those who most need it, get it first. We will also share Hand in Hand’s new vaccine guidelines to help domestic employers support their employees access the vaccine. We'll of course take some time to connect with one another and get updated on our campaign work.

12pm-1pm Pacific Time
Register and request accommodations in link provided.
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Best Practices for Hiring and Employing a Nanny during COVID

Best Practices for Hiring and Employing a Nanny during COVID

February 23, 2021, 11:00am - March 2, 2021, 12:00pm Map

Join The Institute for Families and Nannies and Hand-in-Hand for two one-hour online workshops on how to hire a nanny and create a nanny-share care arrangement! In this workshop series, parents will learn the basics of how to hire a nanny and be a fair employer to ensure a successful working relationship and the best care for your child(ren).

We will cover:

-The history of the nanny profession and its impact on nanny employment today

-Best practices for creating a mutually respectful working relationship

-How to keep your family and employee safe during the COVID-19 pandemic

-Domestic Employment laws and written agreements

-Recruiting, screening and interviewing to hire the right candidate for your family

-Health, Safety and Background check recommendations

-How to create a successful share care arrangement

Checklists, sample agreements and other resources will be provided upon the completion of webinar evaluation. The Nanny Manual by Alyce Desrosiers will be available to supplement the workshop materials.

Part I - February 23rd
Part II - March 2nd

Time: 11:00am-12:00pm PDT

Format: Zoom

Cost: Free, donations are welcomed!

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Homecare under COVID

Homecare under COVID

February 19, 2021, 2:00pm - February 19, 2021, 3:00pm

California family caregivers, employers of home care workers and attendants are invited to a free one-hour webinar to learn about managing home care and keeping your families safe during COVID.

To RSVP, contact [email protected] or (510) 654-4000.

26 interested  ·  12 going
Virtual Launch of the NYC Care Campaign

Virtual Launch of the NYC Care Campaign

February 11, 2021, 11:00am - February 11, 2021, 12:00pm

New York City

*En español abajo/ हामी नेपाली र अंग्रेज़ी को दोभाषे पनी उपलब्द गराउने छौ!

Help us transform care in NYC!

Press Conference: Feb 11th @ 11am

Join us to launch the NYC Care Campaign and shape the future of care in NYC by demanding the NYC government to invest, create, and take bold steps to transform the care system.

On Thursday, members will be sharing a new study on the status of domestic work in NYC and a set of policy demands that shows us the urgent need to address the racial, gender and economic inequalities that impact disproportionately immigrant women of color in the care sector.

We are a growing movement of domestic workers, employers, parents, seniors and family caregivers who are elevating our care experiences to influence the mayoral and City Council elections in 2021 and reimagining care as an essential part of our present and future.

Contact: [email protected]

Estames emocionades de anunciar el lanzamiento de nuestra Campaña del Cuidado para NYC este jueves, 11 de febrero a las 11am en un evento virtual. La campaña busca transformar el sector del cuidado sea reconocido por su labor y trabajo y también accessible para todes. Somes un movimiento de trabajadoras del hogar, empleadoras, personas mayores, familias y personas con discapacidad que estamos elevando nuestras experiences en el sector del cuidado para influenciar las elecciones municipales de la ciudad de Nueva York en el 2021.
Este jueves a las 11am presentaremos un estudio sobre el estatus del trabajo del hogar en NYC y nuestras demandas para solucionar los problemas que afectan a las trabajadoras del hogar quien en su mayoría son mujeres inmigrantes de color.

कृपया साथ् दिन आउनु होस् ! " न्यू योर्क सिटि केयर क्याम्पेन "
न्यु योर्क सिटि को स्थानिय सरकारले यहाँको रेखदेख सेवा व्यवस्थामा लगानी गरेर, अनि नयाँ र साहसी कदमहरु चालेर यसमा परिवरर्तनहरु ल्याईयोस् भन्ने हाम्रो माग छ! रेखदेख सेवाको यस्तै उत्साही भविष्य निर्माण गर्नको लागि "न्यू योर्क सिटी केयर क्याम्पेन" (NYC Care Campaign) को शुरुवात गर्न हामीलाई साथ दिनुहोस्!
यहि आउने बिहिबार हाम्रो सदस्यहरुले न्यू योर्क सिटीको घरेलु कामदारहरुको स्थिति बारे गरिएको एउटा नयाँ अध्ययन बारे तपाईंहरुलाई जानकारी दिनेछन्। रेखदेख सेवामा हुने जातियता, लैंगिक र आर्थिक असमानताहरुले कसरी अश्वेत आप्रवासीहरुलाई अत्याधिक असर पारिरहेको यिनै कुराहरुलाई संबोधन गर्ने नितिहरु माथि ध्यानाकर्षण गराउनु हाम्रो उद्देश्य हो।

हामी घरेलु कामदारहरु, रोजगार दाताहरु, अविभावकहरु, बृद्ध नागरिकहरु अनि पारिवारिक रेखदेख सेवा कामदारहरु हरेक दिन बढ्दो अभियानमा छौं। हाम्रो सेवाको अनुभवहरुलाई नयाँ उचाईंमा पुर्याउँदै, अनि रेखदेख सेवालाई हाम्रो वर्तमान र भविष्यको अभिन्न अंगको रुपमा कल्पना गर्दै, २०२१ को मेयर र सिटी काउनसिलको निर्वाचनमा हामी हाम्रो प्रभाव पार्न चाहन्छौं।
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COVID Vaccine Equity: An Alameda County Town Hall for Older, Disabled & Higher Weight Communities

COVID Vaccine Equity: An Alameda County Town Hall for Older, Disabled & Higher Weight Communities

February 4, 2021, 6:00pm - February 4, 2021, 8:00pm

Kimi Watkins-Tartt, Director of Alameda County Public Health, will give updates on COVID-19 vaccines and how Alameda County is considering equitable vaccine distribution based on race, disability, and age; and Alameda County senior and disabled residents will talk about what they'd like to see. Share your own concerns and find out what you can do to keep yourself and your community safe.

Register here:

Will have captioning & ASL.

Sponsored by Senior and Disability Action, a community organization building a movement of seniors and people with disabilities, centering the voices of the most marginalized; along with the Senior Services Coalition of Alameda County, Hand in Hand: the Domestic Employers Network, Genesis, and the Fat Legal Rights, Education, and Advocacy Project.
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