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Domestic Workers

Help for Sri Lanka's Abused Maids

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Catholic Relief Services

"I was ironing and one of the little girl's dresses got burned," says Daya*, a Sri Lankan woman working as a live-in maid for a wealthy family in Kuwa...

Human Rights Watch Kuwait Exhibit Sheds Light On Migrant Workers

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Recent history has given Kuwait a violent, albeit highly-monied, reputation. However, those unfamiliar with the tiny Arab state's class structure may ...

Domestic Workers' Rights Bill Passes In N.Y.

AP | MICHAEL VIRTANEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York domestic workers will be the first in the U.S. guaranteed overtime pay, as well as time off and protections against sexu...

Bold Changes, Great Leaders, Big Movements

Ambassador Swanee Hunt and Adria D. Goodson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ambassador Swanee Hunt and Adria D. Goodson

Our country is facing a glut of complex problems that no single politician, political party, or other organization can solve in a lasting way, without help. For shifts of this magnitude, we need social movements and compelling leaders.

Middle East/Asia: Partial Reforms Fail Migrant Domestic Workers

Human Rights Watch | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Human Rights Watch

Despite recent improvements, millions of Asian and African women workers remain at high risk of exploitation and violence, with little hope of redress.

NanniesTo Get Mandatory Paid Holidays, Overtime Wages Under New Bill

AP | MICHAEL VIRTANEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York lawmakers have passed bills to require overtime pay after eight-hour workdays and at least one day off weekly for more t...

About Time: New York's Domestic Workers May Finally Get Rights on the Job

Amy Traub | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Amy Traub

Is scrubbing somebody else's floor "work"? How about staying up all night -- every night -- with another person's colicky baby? Or helping their elderly mother shower and use the bathroom?

The Nanny Diaries: A Caribbean Version

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Arlene M. Roberts

There are more than 200,000 women in New York working as nannies, companions and housekeepers, whose lives are typified by long hours, meagre wages, drudgery, and worse.

Local Politics: The Rich Get Richer

Warren Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Warren Goldstein

"All politics is local," the late Speaker of the House Tip O'Neil opined famously. And New Yorkers have been getting a large dose of the maxim in rec...

Celebrate Human Rights Day by Honoring the Human Rights of Domestic Workers

Priscilla Gonzalez and Rebecca Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Priscilla Gonzalez and Rebecca Smith

Many domestic workers have no legal right to overtime pay or a day off. Should they fall ill, suffer injury, or become unemployed, the vast majority do not qualify for benefits.