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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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Election 2020: From Immobilization to Civic Action

Election 2020: From Immobilization to Civic Action

October 21, 2020, 8:00pm


Election 2020 is less than a month away, and the stakes are higher than ever. But sometimes, high stakes events leave us feeling immobilized and fearful instead of active and engaged. This webinar will help you get unstuck and find your place in our fight for democracy.

We'll talk through the ways that white dominant culture impacts our ability to disrupt the status quo during election season and beyond, and we'll work toward undoing our feelings of immobilization and into action in these important final days of election 2020.
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Online Teach-In: Voting in Care Facilities

Online Teach-In: Voting in Care Facilities

October 13, 2020, 2:00pm

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Or watch on facebook live.

Residents in nursing homes and other care facilities have been cut off and isolated during the COVID-19 pandemic, and huge numbers have died. Residents must have the right to vote in this important upcoming election.

This event will provide information on the rights of people in long-term care facilities to get assistance with voting, along with guidance to facility staff, friends, family members, ombudsmen, county elections officials, and more, on what you can do to help.

A fact sheet on this issue is also available at

Sponsored by the California Care Rationing Coalition
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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

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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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Talk Out The Vote!

Talk Out The Vote!

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

Online via Zoom


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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#FreeTheFamilies Vigil Carroll Gardens

#FreeTheFamilies Vigil Carroll Gardens

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

Carroll Park245 Carroll StBrooklyn, NY11231 Map

Join Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network and Carroll Gardens Association for a #FreeTheFamilies vigil to stand in solidarity with immigrant women abused by ICE on Sunday, September 27th at 3pm.

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

We will gather by the tables in Carroll Park to build a memorial with stuffed animals, toys, signs 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.

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.

For those who prefer to attend virtually, we will broadcast on Facebook Live.
Contact the organizers:
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Dont expect results on election night.  For many races, we wont have the results for days or even weeks.