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.

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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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Disability Justice: Visioning Our Future

Disability Justice: Visioning Our Future

October 7, 2021, 6:00pm

Join Hand in Hand members Elaine Shelly & Katy Carroll to talk about why disability justice can't wait. Share your vision for an interdependent future and learn about how we're working to achieve that future by dismantling policy that doesn't work and building and fighting for policy that does.

This event will be in English with closed captioning, sign language interpretation, and Tagalog interpretation. Please share other access needs with the hosts and we will do our best to accommodate.
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SB 321 Faith Leader Letter Delivery

SB 321 Faith Leader Letter Delivery

September 23, 2021, 11:00am

Tune in to witness a delegation of faith, domestic worker and employer leaders deliver a letter to Governor Newsom from over 100 faith leaders asking him to support health and safety protections for domestic workers and sign Senate Bill 321 into law.
Unase para mirar una delegación de líderes de fe, trabajadoras del hogar y empleadores domésticos entregan una carta al gobernador Newsom de más de 100 líderes religiosos pidiéndole que apoye las protecciones de salud y seguridad para los trabajadores domésticos y que firme el Proyecto de Ley 321 del Senado. #SB321 #HealthandSafetyNow #SaludYSeguridadYA
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400 Stories for $400 Billion for Homecare Delivery to Speaker Pelosi

400 Stories for $400 Billion for Homecare Delivery to Speaker Pelosi

August 27, 2021, 10:30am - August 27, 2021, 12:00pm

90 7th St, San Francisco, CA 94103-1516, United States Map

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The Long Term Supports and Services (LTSS) for All Grassroots Coalition will be meeting with Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office to urge her to SUPPORT and LEAD the efforts to win $400 billion in funding for Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS). Over the last months, members of the LTSS for All Coalition have collected personal stories sharing why CARE Is ESSENTIAL to them. These stories will be presented to Speaker Pelosi in person and on ZOOM. Help us urge the Speaker to LEAD on this funding and help us pass the $400 billion in Congress when they return from their August recess. Here is how you can join:

In Person:
Outside
Meet at 10:30 outside Speaker Pelosi's SF office to drop off the letters at 11 to Speaker Pelosi at the Federal Building in SF/ 90 7th St. Wear a mask, socially distance. RSVP at www.bit.ly/400forPelosi For questions: [email protected] / 510-663-4086

Zoom:
If you cannot be in SF for the in-person event, you can still participate on Zoom at 10:30AM. RSVP at www.bit.ly/400forPelosi
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La Base de la Coalición de Apoyo y Servicios a Largo Plazo para todos (LTSS por sus siglas en inglés) se reunirá con la oficina de la Vocera Nancy Pelosi para instarla a APOYAR y LIDERAR los esfuerzos para obtener $ 400 mil millones en fondos para los Servicios basados en el hogar y la comunidad de Medicaid (HCBS por sus siglas en inglés). Durante los últimos meses, los miembros de la Coalición LTSS para todos han recopilado historias personales compartiendo por qué el CUIDADO es ESENCIAL para ellos. Estas historias se presentarán a la Vocera Pelosi, en persona y en ZOOM. Ayúdenos a instar al Portavoz a LIDERAR este esfuerzo para obtener estos fondos y ayúdenos a aprobar los $ 400 mil millones en el Congreso cuando regresen de su receso de agosto. Así es como puede unirse:

En persona:
Afuera de de la oficina de la Vocera Pelosi nos vamos a reunir a las 10:30 para dejar las cartas a las 11am a la portavoz Pelosi en el Edificio Federal en SF en el 90 de la calle 7th. Use una mascarilla, manteniendo la distancia social. Reservar use este enlace www.bit.ly/400forPelosi Para preguntas contacte a: [email protected]/ 510-663-4086

Zoom:
Si no puede estar en SF para el evento en persona, aún puede participar en Zoom a las 10:30 a. M. Para reservar use este enlace www.bit.ly/400forPelosi
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Best Practices for Hiring and Employing a Nanny

Best Practices for Hiring and Employing a Nanny

August 3, 2021, 11:00am - August 3, 2021, 12:00pm

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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.


Dates:
Part I - August 3rd
Part II - August 10th

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

Format: Zoom

Cost: Free!

REGISTER using this Zoom link:
us02web.zoom.us/j/81990605912
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Mid-Year Hand in Hand NYC Chapter Meeting

Mid-Year Hand in Hand NYC Chapter Meeting

July 28, 2021, 8:30pm - July 28, 2021, 9:45pm

Join us on Wednesday, July 28th at 8:30pm EST for our NYC Chapter Meeting to learn about our Chapter's goals for the second half of 2021, reflect about our NYC Care Campaign and what to expect for 2022!

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 to our care experiences as domestic employers, allies, parents, seniors and family caregivers.

RSVP: tinyurl.com/hihjuly2021
If you have questions, please email [email protected]
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Communities of Care

Communities of Care

July 13, 2021, 8:00am - July 17, 2021, 5:00pm

Freedom PlazaWashington D.C., DC20004 Map

What does care look like in your community?

Join us for the launch on July 13 with live speakers, food trucks, and the Care is Essential march.

In partnership with Caring Across Generations, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Hand in Hand:The Domestic Employers Network and the Care Can’t Wait coalition, artist Paola Mendoza presents Communities of Care, an art installation of miniature homes representing symbolic communities of care squads around the country.

Running from July 13th-17th at the Freedom Plaza in Washington DC, this installation will transport you into the reality of care that takes place in our homes and communities.

This exhibit will be a physical manifestation of the care teams that are hard at work in our homes but also, the interconnected nature of our care via rows of homes.

Each home will have a QR code that you can scan to hear an audio note from the care team in that home.
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Its happened!  Governor Newsom has signed #SB321.  Huge congratulations to all of the domestic workers in CA whove led this campaign and long-term fight for not just health and safety on the job but also for recognition as professionals and people deserving of the same protections as all other workers. And a huge congratulations to all of the domestic employers who joined this fight.  This victory is overdue and part of the long-term fight to ultimately win full protections under the law for Californias domestic workers. #HealthAndSafetyNowImage attachment
My name is Nikki Diaz. I am 52 years old and have spinal muscular atrophy, type 2. I have been disabled my entire life. I rely on public providers 24-7 for 100 percent of my care. This care allows me to be independent, to have autonomy, to live in my own apartment, and to focus on my education and career. If I did not have this care, I would end up in a facility, most definitely.
 
I have had a lot of different care providers over the years. The quality of care has varied a lot. Some providers have been great – they are well trained and they respect me and my home. Other people are not well trained and are not respectful. Also, some providers are not interested in caring for severely disabled people like me who have para-medical needs. It is very stressful for me to find providers.
 
My wish or goal is in-home care would become a true profession. I would like care providers to be fully trained and to be paid a living wage. There should be professional guidelines that everyone is supposed to follow. I would like there to be incentive pay for care providers who serve people with significant disabilities who have para-medical needs. I hope that California uses the federal recovery money to make these important changes.
Care can’t wait! We need to #BuildBackBetter and extend the benefits and protections domestic workers have long deserved, NOW!

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Today is the day NYC! Well be in Brooklyn for the launch of Care Forward, a new model to enforce domestic worker rights and raise standards in our industry! An exciting new initiative with our partners at Carroll Gardens Association and The Worker Institute, ILR School, Cornell University. See you soon Brooklyn! RSVP: http://workersrise.org