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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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Making the Best of Summer & Seattle Ordinance Celebration!

Making the Best of Summer & Seattle Ordinance Celebration!

July 7, 2020, 3:00pm - July 7, 2020, 4:30pm

Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network45 Broadway, Suite 320New York, NY10006 Map With camps closed ...

With camps closed and kids running wild, we know parents, nannies, and babysitters are more taxed than ever. We want to make sure that parents and all employers of domestic workers have the information they need to make sure their homes are safe workplaces.

The Seattle Domestic Worker Ordinance celebrates its first anniversary on July 1st, so we're celebrating with a panel that considers all the ins and outs of staying healthy and having fun during this very unique summer.

Panelists will include:
**Doris Garcia-Flores, Fair Work Center
**Baylie Freeman, Seattle Domestic Worker Standards Board
**Emily Dills, Seattle Nanny Network & Seattle Domestic Worker Standards Board
**Jennifer Molina, Seattle Office of Labor Standards
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Anti-Racism 201: Race and the Care Economy

Anti-Racism 201: Race and the Care Economy

July 8, 2020, 7:00pm - July 8, 2020, 8:30pm

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

Please join Hand in Hand and Caring Across Generations for our Anti-Racism 201 Training: Race and the Care Economy. We will delve into the race, class, and gender history of the care system and how that informs the current system we organize to transform.

Please RSVP to join Hand in Hand: the Domestic Employers Network and Caring Across Generations for Anti-Racism 201 training: Race and the Care Economy, on Wednesday, July 8 at 7 pm Eastern / 4 pm Pacific. This event will be held on Zoom.

This training will be the second in a series of events and trainings we are holding for us all to learn and change together.
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Past Events
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Crip Camp: The Fight for Disability & Domestic Worker Rights

Crip Camp: The Fight for Disability & Domestic Worker Rights

July 2, 2020, 7:00pm - July 2, 2020, 8:15pm

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Join with movement leaders around the 30th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act to reflect on the critically-acclaimed Netflix documentary, Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution. The documentary tells the true story of a ground-breaking summer camp, which galvanized a group of teens with disabilities to help build the disability rights movement in the United States.

Please watch the film* and then join us for the panel at 7PM EST/ 4 PM PST on ZOOM featuring incredible movement leaders:

Judy Heumann, International Disability Rights Activist

Ai-jen Poo, Director of National Domestic Workers Alliance

Nikki Brown-Booker, Program Officer for Disability Inclusion Fund at Borealis Philanthropy, Chair of National Steering Committee, Hand-in-Hand: The Domestic Employers Network

Join us as we discuss the lessons the Crip Camp story teaches us about organizing today and the intersections between the fights for disability rights, racial justice and domestic worker rights.

Interpretation in Spanish will be available.

Closed Captioning will be available through CART.

*Crip Camp is currently only available on Netflix. We encourage folks who attend this panel to watch the film before they attend. If you do not have a Netflix account, we will send you clips to get oriented to the film once you register.

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Crip Camp: La lucha por los derechos de las personas con discapacidad y los trabajadores domésticos - Con la presentación de Ai-jen Poo, Judy Heumann & Nikki Brown-Booker

Únase a los líderes del movimiento en el 30 aniversario de la aprobación de la Ley de Americanos con Discapacidades para reflexionar sobre el críticamente aclamado documental de Netflix, Crip Camp: Una revolución de la discapacidad. El documental cuenta la verdadera historia de un campamento de verano innovador, que impulsó a un grupo de adolescentes con discapacidades a ayudar a construir el movimiento por los derechos de los discapacitados en los Estados Unidos.

Por favor, vea la película* y luego únete para el panel a las 7PM EST/ 4 PM PST en ZOOM con increíbles líderes del movimiento:

Judy Heumann, Activista internacional de los derechos de los discapacitados

Ai-jen Poo, Directora de la Alianza Nacional de las Trabajadoras del Hogar

Nikki Brown-Booker, Oficial del Programa para el Fondo de Inclusión de la Discapacidad en Borealis Philanthropy, Presidente del Comité Directivo Nacional, Hand-in-Hand: The Domestic Employers Network

Únase para discutir las lecciones que la historia del Crip Camp nos enseña sobre la organización hoy en día y las intersecciones entre las luchas por los derechos de las personas con discapacidad, la justicia racial y los derechos de los trabajadores domésticos.

Habrá interpretación en español.

El subtitulado estará disponible.

*El Crip Camp sólo está disponible actualmente en Netflix. Recomendamos a la gente que asista a este panel que vea la película antes de asistir. Si no tienes una cuenta en Netflix, te enviaremos clips para orientarte en la película una vez que te registres.
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Building the Domestic Worker Movement in NYC

Building the Domestic Worker Movement in NYC

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

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

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

We are in this Together dialogues on June 30th at 8pm EST. At our final dialogue, Building the Domestic Worker Movement, we'll take a moment to celebrate NDWA's 13th Anniversary!

Domestic workers & employers will share what brought them to the movement in its initial and more recent times and why they decided to organize. We'll also discuss where we are now, in particular with the COVID-19 crisis, and share NDWA’s & Hand in Hand's demands from the NYC government for a safe and sustainable worker reentry.

If you have questions, email tatiana@domesticemployers.org.

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Acompaña a Mano a Mano: La Red de Empleadoras Domésticas y a la Alianza Nacional de Trabajadoras del Hogar el 30 de Junio a las 8pm EST para la sesión final de nuestros diálogos Estamos en Esto Juntas. En nuestro dialogo mañana por la noche Construyendo el Movimiento de la Trabajadoras del Hogar, tendremos un momento para celebrar el Aniversario 13 de la Alianza Nacional de Trabajadoras del Hogar! Trabajadoras y empleadoras nos compartirán que las hizo participar en el movimiento y por qué se organizan. También discutiremos donde estamos hoy, y compartiremos demandas para que el gobierno de NYC tome medidas para un retorno al trabajo sostenible y seguro. Cualquier pregunta escriba a tatiana@domesticemployers.org.
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Anti-Racism 101

Anti-Racism 101

June 25, 2020, 7:00pm - June 25, 2020, 8:30pm

Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network45 Broadway, Suite 320New York, NY10006 Map As employers of ...

As employers of domestic workers, we know that the history of domestic workers rights are uniquely tied to the legacy of slavery and anti-Black racism. In order to build a care infrastructure that honors the dignity of all people, regardless of race, class, age, ability, gender, gender identity, and sexuality, we must deepen our understanding of systems of oppression—the root of these inequities.

This means intentionally working to dismantle white supremacy, having a deep anti-racism analysis, being aware of our personal bias and privilege, and centering equity and inclusion in our work and our mission.

Please RSVP to join Hand in Hand: the Domestic Employers Network and Caring Across Generations for our first Anti-Racism 101 training on Thursday, June 25 at 7 pm Eastern/4 pm Pacific.

This training will be the first in a series of events and trainings we are holding for us all to learn and change together.
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Domestic Worker Reentry in NYC - Covid-19

Domestic Worker Reentry in NYC - Covid-19

June 23, 2020, 8:00pm - June 23, 2020, 9:00pm

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

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

Join Hand in Hand and NDWA's We are in this Together dialogues on June 23rd at 8pm. Our third session will focus on Reentry for Domestic Workers in NYC. Although the NY government has not provided any guidance on what phase nannies and house cleaners will go back to work, the fact is that many of them are resuming their jobs in Phase One and Two. On Tuesday, June 23rd we'll discuss what is needed for a safe and fair reentry for domestic workers and domestic employers. Worker-employer pairs will join the conversation to share best practices and challenges for worker reentry, and discuss what we need from the government to make worker reentry fair and safe for all.

If you have questions, please email tatiana@domesticemployers.org.

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Acompaña a Mano a Mano: La Red de Empleadoras Domésticas y a la Alianza Nacional de Trabajadoras del Hogar el 23 de Junio a las 8pm EST para la tercera sesión de nuestros diálogos Estamos en Esto Juntas. El 23 de junio nos focalizaremos en El Retorno al Trabajo durante el Covid-19. A pesar que el gobierno de Nueva York no ha dado ningún tipo de guía sobre qué fase las nannies y limpiadoras de casa volverán al trabajo, el hecho es que muchas ya lo están haciendo en la Fase 1 y 2. El martes, 23 de junio discutiremos qué es lo que se necesita para q el retorno al trabajo sea justo y seguro para las trabajadoras y empleadoras. Parejas de trabajadora y su empleadora compartirán practicas que están funcionando y también retos que han encontrando en el retorno de la trabajadora a su lugar del trabajo.

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A Dialogue with Black Mamas in Domestic Work

A Dialogue with Black Mamas in Domestic Work

June 16, 2020, 4:00pm - June 16, 2020, 5:00pm

**Más abajo información en español.

Join Hand in Hand and NDWA’s We Dream in Black on Jun 16th at 4pm for a second session of dialogues between Black domestic workers and non-Black employers. As mothers we know that there's nothing more unique than the relationship we have with our children. Being free to enjoy motherhood is also a privilege. The mamas in our communities are often victims of the systemic violence against Black kids. On June 16th as we celebrate International Domestic Workers Day, we’ll be having a conversation with Black Mamas in Domestic Work. We’ll hear about their experiences as caregivers at home and at their workplace. Get your tickets now!
For questions, email tatiana@domesticemployers.org.

Acompaña a Hand in Hand: La Red de Empleadoras Domésticas y al grupo Soñamos en Negro de la Alianza Nacional de Trabajadoras del Hogar el 16 de Junio a las 4pm EST para la segunda sesión de diálogos entre trabajadoras del hogar negras y empleadoras no negras. Como madres sabemos que no hay nada más único que la relación que tenemos con nuestres hijes. Ser libre para disfrutar de la maternidad es un privilegio. Las mamás negras en nuestras comunidades frecuentemente son víctimas de la violencia sistemática contra los niños y niñas negras. El 16 de junio, el Día Internacional de las Trabajadoras Domésticas, tendremos Un Diálogo con Mamas Negras en el Trabajo Doméstico. Escucharemos sobre sus experiencias en su lugar de trabajo como en sus propios hogares. Cualquier pregunta escriba a tatiana@domesticemployers.org.
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Whether youre out in public or you have to be at home while the person you employ is working, keeping your mask on reduces transmission!
Its July 4th!  Show your patriotism by committing to attend this upcoming anti-racism webinar where youll learn our countrys history related to race and the care economy.   

https://actionnetwork.org/events/anti-racism-201

We bring you this important content with our friends Caring Across Generations - Family caregivers, you are not alone

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This was a really good webinar. Thank you panelists. I hope you do another one. 👍👍👍👍

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Hellooo from california..💝

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hi Nikki Brown Booker

Thanks everyone for being here, and for bearing with us as we make this as accessible as possible for all!

Thanks everyone, for joining us! We're so glad that you're here. Please feel free to put questions in the chat!

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If you'd like to join the webinar directly, where you can see both the speaker and the interpreter, you can do so here: domesticworkers.zoom.us/j/86039970370

To join the zoom, visit: domesticworkers.zoom.us/j/86039970370

Join Hand in Hand for future events and more info here: actionnetwork.org/forms/call-to-action-5

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