Help us take our worker-leaders to D.C. for the first People's Congress!
August 28, 2017
Immigrant domestic workers labor and reside in the homes of the wealthy nationwide, taking care of their children, cleaning their houses, and preparing their food. In exchange, they systematically receive substandard wages, are made to endure verbal and sometimes physical abuse, and far too often lose their most basic rights to freedom and mobility.
The needs and conditions of immigrant domestic workers never receive any mention in the U.S. Congress, but they will be represented at the People’s Congress of Resistance. Damayan Migrant Workers Association, one of the largest Filipino domestic workers’ organizations in the country, is mobilizing for the People’s Congress in September. But it needs your help to send 10 worker leaders to participate in this historic event in Washington!
Damayan’s mission is to educate, organize and mobilize low-wage Filipino workers to fight for their labor, health, gender and immigration rights; to contribute to the building of the domestic workers movement for fair labor standards; and to build workers’ power and solidarity towards justice and liberation. To date, it has helped approximately 40 workers recover over $800,000 in wage theft and has many ongoing wage theft cases in negotiation.Currently, it is running a campaign to help two domestic worker member, Edith Mendoza and Sherile Pahagas, in a civil case case against the German Diplomat Pit Koehler to recover thousands of dollars in unpaid wages and to demand a public apology for the abuses that they went experienced. Click here to read more about their work.
It also assisted over three dozen trafficking survivors with escape plans, emergency housing, job referral, legal and social service referrals, wage recovery and/or family reunification. It helped reunify 20 families of trafficking survivors and facilitated 68 Filipinos to access T-visas (trafficking) and T-visa derivatives.The estimated cost of travel, housing and registration for 10 Damayan worker-leaders is $2000. Can you help us reach that goal immediately so they can begin making their plans to be in Washington in September?