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Domestic Workers and Nannies: Getting to Know the People Caring for Your Family
Thursday, Jan. 17, 6-8pm
(reception at 6pm; program starts at 6:30pm)
WGBH Studios, One Guest Street, Boston
Free and open to the public; seating is first come, first served

  • Barbara Young, National Organizer, National Domestic Workers Alliance
  • Lydia Edwards, Director of Legal Services and head of the Domestic Worker Law and Policy Clinic, Brazilian Immigrant Center
  • Alicia Mazzarini, Placement Counselor, Boston Nanny Centre Inc.
  • Olga Piox, domestic worker and organizer, MataHari: Eye of The Day

  • Maria Hinojosa, host of Latino USA and CEO/President, The Futuro Media Group

Join us for a rare and personal conversation with domestic workers, their employers, and other stakeholders like legal professionals and organizers, to learn more about the people who care for children, seniors, and homes. They are as important to the US economy as they are to family life.
Nationally, there are growing efforts to organize this often-invisible group, and even create legal protections. With baby boomers growing older and many moms and dads in demanding careers, there is a ever-growing national need for home health aides, nurses, nannies, and housekeepers. What kind of protections do domestic workers already have? What more are needed? What about busy and stressed families who rely on their nanny, housekeeper, or home health worker? How will organizing affect them? How can employers and domestic workers have relationships of trust and dignity?
Moderated by award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa, this candid and unprecedented panel explores the issues and challenges faced by domestic workers as well as nascent organizing efforts and legal solutions to problems like wage theft. It also looks at the employers’ perspective, exploring how to be a “good” employer, comply with laws, address their problems with workers, and otherwise cope with the inevitable complex challenges of employing domestic workers.
This panel is part of a series of nationwide series of events organized by Latino USA to reach beyond the airwaves and engage in face-to-face discussion about the issues on which we report. Latino USA is an award-winning National Public Radio program with a 20-year groundbreaking history exploring issues affecting Latinos, immigrants, and people of color. It is produced by The Futuro Media Group in collaboration with WGBH.