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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 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.

Events

Upcoming Events
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NYC Care Campaign: Mayoral Interview with Maya Wiley

NYC Care Campaign: Mayoral Interview with Maya Wiley

April 25, 2021, 6:30pm - April 25, 2021, 7:15pm

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

The NYC Care Campaign is kicking off our first mayoral interview this weekend! Join the NYC Care Campaign members on Sunday, April 25th from 6:30pm to 7:15pm EST for an intimate interview with Maya Wiley, mayoral candidate for NYC.

Domestic workers continue to be relegated from major protections including a concrete government plan to address human trafficking that impacts foreign domestic workers, ensuring human rights protections in the workplace, and providing support for the care sector and immigrant workers during the pandemic. Access to care also continues to be an issue for working families, older adults, and people with disabilities. While NYPD's budget continues to increase each year, other vital sectors like the care sector are defunded. The new NYC Mayor must do everything possible to end the care crisis.

We hope to see you on Zoom this Sunday to listen to Maya Wiley's plan for NYC!

Register here:
actionnetwork.org/events/sunday-maya-wiley-mayoral-interview-nyc-care-campaign?source=direct_link&
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UWS  NYC Council  Candidate Forum (District 6)

UWS NYC Council Candidate Forum (District 6)

April 28, 2021, 8:00pm - April 28, 2021, 9:30pm

*Habra interpretación simultánea al Español en el foro de candidatos.

Join the NYC Care Campaign members on Wednesday, April 28th from 8:00pm to 9:30pm for a District 6 NYC Council Candidate Forum (Upper West Side). We're excited to hear from the candidates their ideas to transform the domestic work & care sector to one that works for everyone: workers, parents, family caregivers, older adults and people with disabilities.

Our main issues are:
Government investment in the domestic and care sector to create good quality jobs and make care accessible to all New Yorkers, so parents, older adults and people with disabilities have the care and support they need at home
Advancing equality by passing anti-discriminatory and labor laws to protect low-wage workers, in particular immigrant Black, Indigenous and women of color (BIWOC).

The NYC Care Campaign is a growing coalition of domestic workers, employers, parents, families, caregivers, older adults, and people with disabilities working together to transform New York City’s care economy to one that is just, equitable and sustainable for all. The campaign is led by the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network, Adhikaar, Carroll Gardens Association. Some of the endorser organizations are Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, Innovative Youth Care, among other local groups.
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D14 City Council Forum!

D14 City Council Forum!

April 20, 2021, 7:30pm - April 20, 2021, 9:30pm

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

*Habra interpretación al Español en el forum.*
*Register for the Zoom link at tinyurl.com/carefor14
On Tuesday, April 20th from 7:30pm to 9:30pm EST join NYC Care Campaign members and the Bronx District 14 - Morris Heights, University Heights, Fordham, Kingsbridge community, for District 14 NYC Council Candidate forum to hear from the candidates about investing in domestic and care work, and legislative priorities to advance workers rights.

Our main issues are:
- Government investment in the domestic and care sector to create good quality jobs and make care accessible to all New Yorkers, so parents, older adults, and people with disabilities have the care and support they need at home
- Advancing equality by passing anti-discriminatory and labor laws to protect low-wage workers, in particular immigrant Black, Indigenous, and women of color (BIWOC).
The NYC Care Campaign is a growing coalition of domestic workers, employers, parents, families, caregivers, older adults, and people with disabilities working together to transform New York City’s care economy into one that is just, equitable and sustainable for all. The campaign is led by the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network, Adhikaar, Carroll Gardens Association. Some of the endorser organizations are Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, Innovative Youth Care, among other local groups
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District 8 NYC Council Candidate Interviews

District 8 NYC Council Candidate Interviews

April 19, 2021, 8:30pm - April 19, 2021, 9:30pm

*Habra interpretación al Español en la reunión de candidatas.

Join the NYC Care Campaign members on Monday, April 19th from 8:30pm to 9:30pm for a District 8 (El Barrio/East Harlem, Mott Haven, Highbridge, Concourse, Longwood, Port Morris​). NYC Council Candidate Forum. We're excited to hear from the candidates their ideas to transform the domestic work & care sector to one that works for everyone: workers, parents, family caregivers, older adults and people with disabilities.

Our main issues are:
Government investment in the domestic and care sector to create good quality jobs and make care accessible to all New Yorkers, so parents, older adults and people with disabilities have the care and support they need at home
Advancing equality by passing anti-discriminatory and labor laws to protect low-wage workers, in particular immigrant Black, Indigenous and women of color (BIWOC).

The NYC Care Campaign is a growing coalition of domestic workers, employers, parents, families, caregivers, older adults, and people with disabilities working together to transform New York City’s care economy to one that is just, equitable and sustainable for all. The campaign is led by the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network, Adhikaar, Carroll Gardens Association. Some of the endorser organizations are Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, Innovative Youth Care, among other local groups.
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NYC District 38 Candidate Forum

NYC District 38 Candidate Forum

April 17, 2021, 6:00pm - April 17, 2021, 8:00pm

*There'll be simultaneous interpretation to English (Scroll down for English)

Este sábado, 17 de abril de 6pm a las 7:30pm trabajadoras inmigrantes del hogar, empleadoras, y vecinos (as) de Sunset Park, Red Hook, Greenwood Heights y partes de Borough Park, Dyker Heights y Windsor Terrace harán preguntas a los (as) candidatos (as) para el Distrito 38 del Concejo de la Ciudad. Las preguntas se basaran sobre las demandas de nuestra campaña para el cuidado sobre transformar el trabajo del hogar y el sector del cuidado a uno que funcione para todes: trabajadoras, padres y madres de familia, cuidadores de familiares, personas mayores y personas con discapacidad.

Join the NYC Care Campaign members on Saturday, April 17th from 3600pm to 7:30pm for a District 35 NYC Council Candidate Forum. We're excited to hear from the candidates their ideas to transform the domestic work & care sector to one that works for everyone: workers, parents, family caregivers, older adults and people with disabilities.

Our main issues are:
Government investment in the domestic and care sector to create good quality jobs and make care accessible to all New Yorkers, so parents, older adults and people with disabilities have the care and support they need at home
Advancing equality by passing anti-discriminatory and labor laws to protect low-wage workers, in particular immigrant Black, Indigenous and women of color (BIWOC).

The NYC Care Campaign is a growing coalition of domestic workers, employers, parents, families, caregivers, older adults, and people with disabilities working together to transform New York City’s care economy to one that is just, equitable and sustainable for all. The campaign is led by the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network, Adhikaar, Carroll Gardens Association. Some of the endorser organizations are Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, Innovative Youth Care, among other local groups.
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Non-Toxic Cleaning for House Cleaner Employers

Non-Toxic Cleaning for House Cleaner Employers

April 12, 2021, 8:00pm

https://actionnetwork.org/events/non-toxic-cleaning-for-house-cleaner-employers

***RSVP: actionnetwork.org/events/non-toxic-cleaning-for-house-cleaner-employers

Do you ever wonder how cleaning products may affect the health of your family or the health of your employee, who is exposed to them daily? Do you want to make the transition to safer, non-toxic cleaning products but have not tried either because you've not known where to locate safer, affordable cleaning products or you have not known how to approach the topic with your family or employee?

Join Hand in Hand and Women's Voices for the Earth for a webinar to learn the basics of the human costs of using toxic cleaning products in your home, find safer alternatives and navigate the conversation between worker and employer to make the transition to non-toxic cleaning products in a way that makes both parties feel respected and heard.
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D35 City Council Forum!

D35 City Council Forum!

April 10, 2021, 3:00pm - April 10, 2021, 4:30pm

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

*Habra interpretación al Español en el forum.*
*Register for the Zoom link at tinyurl.com/nyccare35.
On Saturday, April 10th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm EST join NYC Care Campaign members and the Brooklyn 35 committee (Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Crown Heights, Prospect Heights, Bed Stuy), for District 35 NYC Council Candidate forum to hear from the candidates about investing in domestic and care work, and legislative priorities to advance workers rights.
Our main issues are:
- Government investment in the domestic and care sector to create good quality jobs and make care accessible to all New Yorkers, so parents, older adults, and people with disabilities have the care and support they need at home
- Advancing equality by passing anti-discriminatory and labor laws to protect low-wage workers, in particular immigrant Black, Indigenous, and women of color (BIWOC).
The NYC Care Campaign is a growing coalition of domestic workers, employers, parents, families, caregivers, older adults, and people with disabilities working together to transform New York City’s care economy into one that is just, equitable and sustainable for all. The campaign is led by the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network, Adhikaar, Carroll Gardens Association. Some of the endorser organizations are Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, Innovative Youth Care, among other local groups
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For Earth Day today make your home green for your family and anyone who works in your home with our Guide to Non-Toxic Cleaning.  🍋

https://domesticemployers.org/resource/a-guide-to-non-toxic-cleaning/
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