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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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Best Practices for Hiring and Steps to Hire a Nanny During COVID

Best Practices for Hiring and Steps to Hire a Nanny During COVID

December 8, 2020, 12:00pm - December 8, 2020, 1:30pm

Join us on December 8th for Best Practices for Hiring and the Steps to Hire a Nanny During COVID, a collaboration between Hand in Hand and The Institute for Families and Nannies.

In this webinar, we will cover the basics of fair nanny employment and the steps to take to hire a childcare provider or nanny in your home. We will also include recommendations for keeping your family and employee safe in the context of COVID 19, as well as basic legal requirements for domestic employers.

This webinar will be facilitated by members of Hand in Hand, parents themselves who have employed nannies, and by Alyce Desrosiers, Founder and Executive Director of The Institute of Families and Nannies (TIFFAN).

REGISTER HERE for the Zoom link: actionnetwork.org/events/best-practices-for-hiring-and-employing-a-nanny-during-covid

If you want to submit any questions in advance, please email [email protected]
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Past Events
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The Art of Relational Meetings

The Art of Relational Meetings

November 19, 2020, 4:00pm - November 19, 2020, 6:00pm

What's the number one secret of a good organizer?

One-to-one relational meetings.

Join us to learn how you can harness the art of one-to-one relational meetings to organize new leaders into the fight for domestic worker rights and disability justice.

Register here for the ZOOM link: actionnetwork.org/events/one-to-one-training-deep-conversations-that-build-our-movement
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Building our Post-Election Scenario

Building our Post-Election Scenario

November 10, 2020, 8:15pm

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

Join Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network NYC and the National Domestic Workers Alliance NY on November 10th at 8:15pm EST to reflect collectively on post-election scenarios and how they might impact the lives of immigrant women of color and our communities.

We'll also discuss how the post-elections scenarios will shape our local and national work. We invite domestic workers, employers and allies to join us and share their views, hopes and fears as we keep growing our care movement. Please email [email protected] if you have questions.

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Acompaña a Mano a Mano: La Red de Empleadoras Domésticas y a la Alianza Nacional de Trabajadoras del Hogar el 10 de noviembre a las 8:15pm EST para reflexionar colectivamente sobre los escenarios dados después de las elecciones y como esos escenarios podrían afectar a las mujeres inmigrantes de color y nuestras comunidades.

También discutiremos cómo esos escenarios afectaran nuestro trabajo local y nacional. Invitamos a las trabajadoras del hogar, empleadoras y aliades para que nos acompañen y compartan sus opiniones, esperanzas o miedos a la vez que seguimos construyendo nuestro movimiento del cuidado. Cualquier pregunta escriba a [email protected]
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#CountEveryVote: Block Party

#CountEveryVote: Block Party

November 6, 2020, 10:30am - November 6, 2020, 9:00pm

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On Election Day we turned out in record numbers to make our voices heard. Working class people of all races have spoken. The Trump campaign is continuing to try to stop our votes from being counted -- but no one messes with our city. Join us tomorrow down at the Convention Center for a Block Party for Democracy as we demand Trump respects the will of the people and make sure that our city is able to #CountEveryVote.

Join us in a joyous celebration for our city -- we’ll have dj’s, steppers, a drumline, puppets and food trucks.

Come join for the whole day or part of the day!
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Post-Election National Membership Meeting

Post-Election National Membership Meeting

November 5, 2020, 5:00pm - November 5, 2020, 6:00pm

https://actionnetwork.org/events/hand-in-hand-post-election-national-membership-meeting/?source=FB

Hand in Hand members! Let's come together after the election to connect, reflect and prepare ourselves for the road ahead! We're not sure what the outcome will be but we are clear that the path forward is better together!

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Defend Democracy: Count Every Vote

Defend Democracy: Count Every Vote

November 4, 2020, 12:00pm - November 4, 2020, 3:00pm

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This is an outdoor gathering for us to connect and get ready for the next phase of our work.

Get updated on what is happening with the election results and how to plug into organizing for the long term. We know there will be a need to keep counting mail ballots and election results may be unclear. There will be outdoor space for art, banner painting, somatics, info tables, kids activities, action training and more!

Join us, 12-3pm Wednesday.
Amazing Art by Micah Bazant.
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61 day until we can push the new administration to pass paid leave for all. Everyone should be able to take the time they need to take care of themselves and their families, without fear of losing their jobs.

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Some helpful advice here! Which are your faves?

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Now is a time when we all need to be sure we are taking good care of each other. 😷

[Image Description: graphic of thermometer and woman coughing.  Have You Been Exposed to COVID?  Is your kids school closed because of a case?  Has someone in your household or in your pod tested positive?   Self-Quarantine As advised by health professionals.  Cancel with the Person You Employ in You Home.  If you employ a nanny or house cleaner tell them about the exposure and ask them not to come to work. Provide Paid Leave. Pay the nanny or house cleaner for the time that you are quarantining.]