Assistant Professor, The Pennsylvania State University
Paseo de la Republica, Lima, Peru
"Needed: A girl to work in the house. Sleep inside." A ad for a household worker, posted on an overpass of the Paseo de la Republica, in November 2012. Domestic workers often commute from 1-3 hours to enter the city from the outside districts, taking several buses, or combis, to reach Lima's wealthier interior.
A typical job advertisement for domestic workers and nannies found in El Centro de Lima, offering 800 soles/month [50 soles more than the national minimum wage]. The ad is for a live-in position near Lima where the worker will be "treated like family."
Taller de Cocinar, Lima, Peru
Domestic workers learn to prepare traditional Peruvian recipes each Sunday at this cooking workshop in an effort to professionalize the industry and raise labor standards.
Ministry of Labor and Employment, Lima, Peru
At a workshop on domestic worker rights standards at the Ministry of Labor and Employment in Lima, 2013.
Mujer bonita es la que lucha!
"A beautiful woman is the one who fights!" Artwork from domestic worker art workshops.
Household Worker Uniform Shops
These stores, with clothes for empleadas and niñeras, dot the landscape of wealthy streets, like this on Calle Dos de Mayo, Miraflores, Lima, Peru. As of January 2010, employers requiring their workers to wear their uniforms outside of the home in public space [parks, beaches, malls, etc] will face penalties of up to $600 USD. However, many employers still require uniform usage of their workers, both in and outside of the home.
Vivanda Shopping, with Assistance
A common scene of an employer [in workout clothes] accompanied by her worker [in uniform] and child in Vivanda, an upscale grocery store in Miraflores, Lima, Peru.
MUSEO LARCO, PUEBLO LIBRE, LIMA, PERU
A treasure of Lima, Museo Larco holds remarkable chronological galleries of the evolution of Peru's pre-Columbian history, including the Vicus, Mochica, Chimu, Paracas, Lima, Huari, and Inca civilizations.
Is Peru racist? What do Peruvians think?
An exhibit in a cultural center in Miraflores, displaying how 78.87% of those Peruvians surveyed think that Peru is a racist country. Additionally, 39% of that group feel they have been discriminated against because of their race.
No Somos Invisibles, Radio de la Union, Lima, Peru
Radio de la Union's program, "No Somos Invisibles" [We are not invisible]. Each Sunday, this program provides information, advocacy, and an opportunity for domestic workers, especially young girls, to call in from provincias of Peru and consult with a psychologist, former and current domestic workers, and special guests about their issues working in the home.
The Upper East Side
New York's UES, a traditionally wealthy section of the city where many domestic workers clean and care for families.
Diplomatic Immunity Protest, United Nations, New York, 2013
At a protest organized by Damayan, Adhikaar, and other domestic worker organizations against diplomatic immunity in front of the United Nations, especially targeting forced migration and labor trafficking.
Adhikaar Workers, December 2013
With Nepali-speaking immigrant domestic workers at Adhikaar, Woodside, Queens, New York.
Tagsibol: A Time for Growth, Damayan, New York
Tagsibol: A Time for Growth was Damayan's first annual benefit in November 2013, raising funds to benefit victims of Typhon Haiyan as well as the organization itself, a grassroots organization in New York City who works to educate, organize and mobilize low-wage Filipino migrant workers.
Hand in Hand Meeting, Brooklyn, New York
Hand in Hand, a national network of employers, household workers, and homecare attendants, hosting a meeting to discuss how to raise awareness about the home as a just workplace, in late 2013.
Domestic Workers United members, Manhattan, New York
A group of DWU domestic workers after our interview on a chilly day near Astor Place in December, 2013.
Eldercare Dialogues, New York, 2013
Held at B'nai Jeshurun on the Upper West Side, these dynamic conversations brought together domestic worker organizations, employers, home care attendants, leaders of faith groups, and organizers to discuss issues, obstacles, and strategies for thinking through the future of eldercare and domestic work in New York City.
Indian Consulate Protest, New York, 2013
Domestic worker organizations from around the city organized a protest against diplomatic immunity in front of the Indian Consulate, after charges against Devyani Khobragade, then the Deputy Consul General for the Indian Consulate, came to light regarding poor working conditions and maltreatment of her domestic worker, Sangeeta Richard.
National Domestic Worker Alliance's 'A Season of Change'
The NDWA's funding reception, raising awareness and support for the National Domestic Worker Alliance, in November 2013.
Founding of the IDWF, Montevideo, Uruguay, October 2013
At the founding congress of the International Domestic Worker Federation in Montevideo, Uruguay, 2013.
Thai Migrant Workers' Union, Kowloon City, Hong Kong
On a field visit with the Thai Migrant Workers' Union, doing outreach with domestic workers in a park in Kowloon City. This was part of the International Domestic Worker Federation and International Labour Organization's "Visioning Event: Building a Community of Practice on Domestic Work" in April 2014.
Justice for Erwiana Protest, Hong Kong
At a protest with the International Domestic Worker Federation and other workers rights groups in front of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, supporting justice for Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, the Indonesian domestic worker who was severely abused by her employer, Law Wan-tung. Wan-Tung was later found guilty and held accountable for keeping Erwiana prisoner in her home, among other crimes.