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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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Hand in Hand Book Club

Hand in Hand Book Club

January 28, 2021, 7:30pm

**REGISTER HERE: actionnetwork.org/events/hand-in-hand-book-club

Join Hand in Hand for our inaugural book club! Our book club is for everyone—read the whole book, a few chapters, or even just a few pages. You'll meet Hand in Hand members and friends from around the country and have a chance to connect for the first time or deepen your friendship.

This month, we'll be reading Alicia Garza's new book The Purpose of Power and discussing how Hand in Hand, alongside domestic workers, family caregivers, and the organizations that support them, are building power, changing policy, and improving material conditions inside and outside of our homes.

Garza writes, "Movements are the story of how we come together when we've come apart." As you're reading, think about what she means, and how the movement(s) you are part of exemplify this.

**The first three people who RSVP will be sent a copy of the book, and the first 20 will get a special winter care package from Hand in Hand. Sign up now!**

**REGISTER HERE: actionnetwork.org/events/hand-in-hand-book-club
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Homecare under COVID

Homecare under COVID

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

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.

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Past Events
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CA Member End of Year Gathering

CA Member End of Year Gathering

December 18, 2020, 12:00pm - December 18, 2020, 1:00pm

Join us to celebrate our 2020 accomplishments, connect with one another, and set some intentions for 2021. Whether you are a long-time Hand in Hand member or someone new to Hand in Hand, you are welcome!

Wear your silliest or most holiday hat or sweater (or whatever you want) and if you have an item or photo that reflects your commitment to the work of Hand in Hand or captures an action you took with us this year, please bring it..

We'll ring in the end of the year with a virtual toast to our collective resilience and commitment to just workplaces in our homes and homes across the country.

Looking forward to spending one last member check in for the year with you!
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Our Voices Matter: Introducing 2021 Care Platform

Our Voices Matter: Introducing 2021 Care Platform

December 15, 2020, 8:30pm - December 15, 2020, 9:45pm

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We're excited to invite you to our Hand in Hand NYC member meeting on Tuesday, December 15th at at 8:30pm EST to learn about our Chapter 2021 goals and our new NYC Care Platform to influence local elections next year. If you have been recently introduced to Hand in Hand, please join us as well! This is a great opportunity to get to know each other, hear our care concerns and priorities, and collectively find solutions.

Our voices matter and together we'll bring visibility of our care experiences as domestic employers, workers, parents, seniors and family caregivers in 2021 to strengthen our care demands. "See" you on Tuesday, December 15th.

If you have questions, please email [email protected]
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Visioning with Hand in Hand

Visioning with Hand in Hand

December 8, 2020, 5:30pm

Join with Hand in Hand members across the country for a session to envision our future working for an economy that centers care.

As we prepare to round the corner into a new year with new national leadership, we imagine advancing full recognition of domestic workers who have played an essential role in protecting and caring for our communities during the pandemic. We imagine building the critically needed infrastructure to provide support to families, people with disabilities, and seniors throughout the country. We imagine a multiracial movement of domestic workers and allies who continue to prioritize racial, gender and disability justice, equity and full inclusion.

We’ve scheduled two sessions to create more time for people to join at least one of the conversations.

Thursday, December 3 at 5:30 PM Pacific/8:30 PM Eastern

Tuesday, December 8 at 5:30 PM Pacific/8:30 PM Eastern
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My Home Is Someone's Workplace: Protecting Ourselves & Workers in our Homes During COVID-19

My Home Is Someone's Workplace: Protecting Ourselves & Workers in our Homes During COVID-19

December 7, 2020, 6:30pm

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Register for the webinar using the link: bit.ly/dec7Webinar

Join Casa Latina, Hand in Hand, the Nanny Collective, and the Seattle Office of Labor Standards on December 7th for the webinar: Protecting Ourselves & Workers in our Homes during COVID-19.

Learn from a panel of workers and employers about the most updated laws on the home being someone else’s workplace. Learn tips on how to minimize sharing indoor space when the weather is bad, what to do if a household member or worker becomes sick, and what the legal obligations are for employers.


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Únase a Casa Latina, Hand in Hand, Nanny Collective, y la Oficina de Normas Laborales de Seattle el 7 de Diciembre para el webinario: Como Protegernos Nosotros y a los Trabajadores en Nuestros Hogares Durante el COVID-19.

Aprenda de un panel de trabajadores y empleadores sobre las leyes más actualizadas sobre el hogar siendo un lugar de trabajo de otra persona. Obtenga consejos sobre cómo minimizar el riesgo compartiendo espacios dentro de su hogar durante tiempos de frio, qué hacer si un miembro del hogar o un trabajador se enferma, y cuáles son las obligaciones legales para los empleadores.

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My Home is Someone's Workplace: Protecting Ourselves and the Workers in our Home During COVID-19

My Home is Someone's Workplace: Protecting Ourselves and the Workers in our Home During COVID-19

December 7, 2020, 6:30pm

Register Here: actionnetwork.org/events/protecting-ourselves-workers-in-our-homes-during-covid-19?source=direct_...

“How can I make sure my household and the workers in my home are safe at this moment?"

This is one of the biggest questions facing many individuals and families today. We know you value the cleaner, childcare provider, or attendant you employ, and you want to be a fair and responsible employer, but with virtual school, working from home, winter weather, holidays, a rise in COVID cases, and more, doing so can be difficult.

Learn about the most updated laws, and guidance, and hear from a panel of workers about what it means for the home to be a workplace right now.

This webinar will address questions like:

How do you continue to communicate and have consensus about the level of risks that everyone is taking?

How do you minimize sharing space indoors when the weather is bad?

What should households and workers do if anyone becomes sick?

What are your legal obligations as an employer and what resources can you connect workers to?


This webinar is being presented by Hand in Hand, @CasaLatinaNonprofit, and
@NannyCollective , with @SeattleLaborStandards.
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Get to know the Seattle Domestic Worker Ordinance with the support of Hand in Hand, CASA Latina  and the Seattle Office of Labor Standards

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