Rep. Pramila Jayapal & Actress Olga Segura to Join 200+ Domestic Workers, Farmworker Women & Allies for DC Rally to End Sexual Harassment
Rep. Pramila Jayapal & Actress Olga Segura to Join 200+ Domestic Workers, Farmworker Women & Allies for DC Rally to End Sexual Harassment
Delegation will meet with 60+ congressional offices on April 24 to discuss legislative solutions to sexual harassment
Bios of leaders available for interviews can be found below
What: 200+ Domestic Workers, Farmworker Women & Allies Rally in Front of U.S. Capitol & Hold Lobby Visits to 60+ Congressional Offices in Effort Pass Sexual Harassment Protections
When: 10:00am - 11:00am ET on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 (additional interview opportunities available throughout the day)
Where: US Capitol lawn, Senate side (near corner of First St NE and Constitution Ave NE)
Who: Domestic workers and farmworker women from National Domestic Workers Alliance and Alianza Nacional de Campesinas (National Farmworker Women's Alliance); Hollywood actresses; Congressional leaders.
Visuals: Survivors signing large symbolic scroll; big group chanting; large colorful banners and posters
Washington, DC -- On April 24, over 200 domestic workers, farmworker women, actresses, and allies will unite for a press conference and day of lobbying at the U.S. Capitol, calling on key lawmakers to pass sexual harassment protections for all workers. The delegation is set to meet with over 60 congressional leaders in both chambers of Congress.
The Unstoppable Day of Action, taking place during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, is led by the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Alianza Nacional de Campesinas (National Farmworker Women's Alliance), organizations and leaders whose work was recognized on the red carpet during the Golden Globes.
For decades, domestic workers and farmworkers have been systematically excluded from anti-sexual harassment laws. For immigrants and women of color the risk factors that make them vulnerable to sexual harassment are compounded. Most have no typical HR department to turn to, and are not covered by Title VII, the federal anti-discrimination law that prohibits sexual harassment because of the 15 employee threshold, which adversely impacts them, as well as independent contractors. As public and political attention remains focused on continued #MeToo disclosures, the group aims to shine a light on solutions for the workers who continue to be excluded from existing labor laws, fail to receive the same amount of news coverage as higher paid workers, and been a lesser priority for political leaders.
About Alianza de Campesinas (National Farmworkers Women's Alliance)
Alianza Nacional de Campesinas (National Farmworker Women’s Alliance) is the first national farmworker women’s organization in the U.S. created by current and former farmworker women, along with women who hail from farmworker families. Alianza de Campesinas’ is comprised of 18 member organizations around the United States and in Mexico. The organization was founded in 2011 to promote the interests and priorities of the 700,000 farmworker women who pick, plant, and pack agricultural products across the U.S. and to ensure that farmworker women have a place at power tables where decisions are made that impact their lives and the lives of their families. Alianza’s policy priority areas include general labor protections, violence against women and girls, pesticides and immigration. For more information, visit www.campesinasunite.org
About National Domestic Workers Alliance
National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) is the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States, most of whom are women. Founded in 2007, NDWA works for the respect, recognition, and inclusion in labor protections for domestic workers. NDWA has won legislation protecting domestic workers’ rights in seven states including New York, California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Oregon, Connecticut, Illinois, and Nevada. The Alliance is powered by over 60 affiliate organizations — plus local chapters in Atlanta, Durham, and New York City — of over 20,000 nannies, housekeepers, and caregivers for the elderly and people with disabilities in 37 cities and 18 states. For information, visit https://www.domesticworkers.org/
Bios of Leaders & Survivors Available for Interviews
Mónica Ramírez is a long-time advocate, organizer, and attorney fighting to eliminate gender-based violence and promote gender equity. She is the co-founder and President of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, the first national farmworker women’s organization in the U.S. Mónica authored an open letter to women in the entertainment industry on behalf of Alianza that was published in TIME magazine and sparked the creation of the #TimesUp Movement.
Ai-jen Poo is the Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the Co-director of the Caring Across Generations Campaign. She has been organizing immigrant women workers for over two decades, forging pathways to sustainable, quality jobs for the caregiving workforce and ensuring access to affordable child care and elder care for all working families. Ai-jen is a 2014 MacArthur Fellow and is listed on Fortune.com’s 50 World’s greatest Leaders. She is the author of The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America.
Mily Treviño-Sauceda is Vice-President and Co-founder of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, Inc. She is credited for founding the farmworker women’s movement in the US in 1988. Mily was born in Bellingham, Washington. She grew up in a migrant farmworker family where she began working in the fields when she was just 8 years old. She organized with the UFW in 70s-80s and with youth groups through her church. Mily co-founded “Mujeres Mexicanas” (Mexican Women), in the Coachella Valley, CA in the late 1980’s. With support from CRLA Foundation, she co-founded Líderes Campesinas, a unique state-based grassroots farmworker women's organization that became a movement. She served as the Executive Director of Lideres Campesinas for 12 years and became President of Emeritus after she left the organization.
Kimber J. Nicoletti-Martinez, MSW, LCSW is the Founder and Director of Multicultural Efforts to end Sexual Assault (MESA). MESA, housed on the Purdue University campus, focuses on ending sexual violence and child sexual abuse in Latinx immigrant, farm Worker and multicultural communities in Indiana and across the United States. The CDC recognized Kimber, one of the founding members of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, as the first advocate dedicated to sexual violence prevention in migrant farm worker communities. Kimber is a cohort member of the Just Beginnings Collaborative that focuses on eradicating child sexual abuse. Kimber’s work has been instrumental in developing child sexual abuse prevention efforts in Low wage immigrant and farm worker communities. Kimber, the former chair of the advisory council for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, has served in various leadership position. She is currently a faculty member for the Advocacy Learning Center at Praxis International.The National Association of Social Workers-Indiana Chapter awarded the 2017 Indiana Social Worker of the Year to Kimber.
June Barrett is a home care worker, organizer, and leader with the We Dream in Black program of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, as well as the Miami Workers Center. She is a queer, Jamaican immigrant, who has done domestic work in the United States for over 14 years. June has participated in the Women’s March, and actively canvassed South Florida during the 2016 presidential election. June has been a leading spokesperson in the #MeToo movement, sharing her own experiences of verbal and physical sexual assault as a home care worker. She has also been active in speaking out against wage theft and discrimination in the workplace among care workers, and recently participated in the TIME'S UP Day of Witness event in New York City. She is a skilled organizer, dedicated to reaching Black immigrant domestic workers in South Florida, and an impassioned advocate for access to health care, having spoken at numerous protests, rallies, and press conferences.
Teresa Arredondo worked in the agricultural fields all her adolescent and adult life. Ms. Arredondo is originally from Jiquilpan, Michoacan. She traveled to the US in 1985 when she was 15 to join her parents and siblings. Once she arrived in the US, she worked alongside her parents, siblings and, eventually, her former husband migrating to different parts of California to work in the in the l fields. Throughout the years that Teresa worked in the fields she experienced exploitation and discrimination, including workplace sexual violence. In 2017, she was sexually assaulted by the general supervisor at her job. Teresa is a member of Lideres Campesinas, a founding member organization of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas. She was able to use the information that she learned about her rights from Lideres to lodge a complaint with the owner of the company. After demanding respect and justice from her employer, Teresa made the decision to become a crewleader to try to prevent other women from experiencing the same problem. She is now one of few female agricultural crewleaders. Women specifically seek her out to work on her crew because she is considered a leader in the fight against sexual harassment. Teresa is a single mother to two children.
Daniela Contreras is a former domestic worker, and organizer with the National Domestic Workers Alliance in New York City. She the single-mom of a five year-old, and the proud daughter of a domestic worker. As an immigrant from Mexico, who moved to the U.S. as a teenager, Daniela experienced various injustices including sexual harassment. When she was just 16 years-old working as a nanny, she was sexually assaulted by her male boss in front of his child. Five years ago, she helped lead a campaign against the owner of a New York City restaurant, where many women including her were systematically harassed, but afraid to complain due to their immigration status. Daniela's guidance won many of the women retribution years. Since speaking out, Daniela has been a key spokesperson in the #MeToo movement, and has participated in the Women's March, TIME'S UP events, and various leadership trainings. Her activism is driven by her daughter: she doesn't want future generations to go through what what she went through.
COMUNICADO DE PRENSA PARA EL MARTES, 24 DE ABRIL
Marzena Zukowska, NDWA: (872) 216-3684, email@example.com
John LoPorto, Alianza de Campesinas (202) 714-6948, Jloporto@dpcreativestrategies.com
Rep. Pramila Jayapal y Actriz Olga Segura se Reúnen con Trabajadoras de Hogar, Campesinas y Aliadas en DC para Exigir un Alto al Acoso Sexual
La delegación visitará a más de 60 oficinas de congresistas este 24 de abril para hablar de soluciones legislativas al acoso sexual
Las biografías de las líderes disponibles para entrevistas, se encuentran abajo
Qué: Más de 200 trabajadoras del hogar, campesinas y sus aliadas se reúnen frente al Capitolio de los EE. UU. y realizan visitas de cabildeo en más de 60 oficinas del Congreso para promover protecciones contra el acoso sexual
Cuándo: de 10:00 a.m. a 11:00 a.m., hora del este, el martes 24 de abril de 2018 (hay oportunidades para sacar entrevistas adicionales disponibles durante todo el día)
Donde: Jardín del Capitolio en Washington, DC, en el lado del Senado (cerca de la esquina de First St NE y Constitution Ave NE)
Quién: Trabajadoras del hogar y campesinas de la Alianza Nacional de Trabajadoras del Hogar y la Alianza Nacional de Campesinas; Actrices de Hollywood; Líderes del Congreso.
Ai-jen Poo, Directora Ejecutiva de la Alianza Nacional de Trabajadoras del Hogar
Mónica Ramírez, Presidenta de Alianza Nacional de Campesinas
Congresista Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) y otras líderes invitadas del Congreso
Olga Segura, actriz, productora y miembro fundadora de TIME'S UP
June Barrett, sobreviviente y líder del Centro de Trabajadores de Miami
Teresa Arredondo, sobreviviente y líder de la Alianza de Campesinas
Visuales: Sobrevivientes que firman una gran manta simbólica; cantos y consignas en grupos grandes; grandes pancartas coloridas; carteles
Washington, DC -- El 24 de abril, más de 200 trabajadoras del hogar, campesinas, actrices y sus aliadas se unirán para una rueda de prensa y un día de cabildeo en el Capitolio en Washington, DC. La delegación exige al Congreso reformas a las protecciones contra el acoso sexual para incluir a todas las trabajadoras, y se reunirá con más de 60 líderes en ambas cámaras del Congreso.
El Día de Acción - Trabajadoras Invencibles, que se llevará a cabo durante el Mes de Concientización sobre la Violencia Sexual, está organizada por la Alianza Nacional de Trabajadoras del Hogar (ANTH) y la Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, organizaciones cuyo trabajo ha sido reconocido en la alfombra roja durante los premios Golden Globes.
Durante décadas, las trabajadoras del hogar y las campesinas han sido sistemáticamente excluidas de las leyes contra el acoso sexual. Para las mujeres inmigrantes y de color, los factores de riesgo que las hacen vulnerables al acoso sexual son más difíciles. La mayoría no cuentan con un departamento de recursos humanos en su lugar de empleo al que recurrir, y no están cubiertas por el Título VII, la ley federal antidiscriminatoria que prohíbe el acoso sexual (pero solamente para lugares de empleo con un mínimo de 15 empleados), y no incluye a los contratistas independientes. Dado que la atención pública y política sigue centrada en las continuas revelaciones #MeToo, este grupo busca arrojar luz sobre las soluciones para las trabajadoras que siguen siendo excluidas de las leyes laborales existentes, y que no reciben la misma cantidad de cobertura en las noticias que otros trabajadores mejor pagados, y también han sido una prioridad menor para los líderes políticos.
Acerca de la Alianza Nacional de Campesinas
Alianza Nacional de Campesinas es la primera organización nacional de campesinas en los Estados Unidos creada por mujeres trabajadoras agrícolas actuales y anteriores, junto con mujeres que provienen de familias campesinas. Alianza de Campesinas está compuesta por 18 organizaciones miembros en los Estados Unidos y en México. La organización fue fundada en 2011 para promover los intereses y prioridades de las 700,000 mujeres trabajadoras agrícolas que, plantan, cosechan y empacan productos agrícolas en los EE. UU. Y para asegurar que las mujeres trabajadoras tengan un lugar en las mesas de poder donde se toman decisiones que afectan sus vidas y las vidas de sus familias. Las áreas prioritarias de la política de Alianza incluyen protecciones laborales generales, violencia contra mujeres y niñas, pesticidas e inmigración. Para más información visite: http://www.campesinasunite.org/
Acerca de la Alianza Nacional de Trabajadoras del Hoga
La Alianza Nacional de Trabajadoras del Hogar (NDWA, por sus siglas en inglés) es la voz principal de la nación para la dignidad y la justicia para millones de trabajadoras del hogar en los Estados Unidos, la mayoría de las cuales son mujeres. Fundada en 2007, la NDWA trabaja por el respeto, el reconocimiento y la inclusión en las protecciones laborales para las trabajadoras del hogar. La Alianza ha logrado la aprobación de leyes que protegen los derechos de las trabajadoras del hogar en siete estados, incluyendo Nueva York, California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Oregon, Connecticut e Illinois. La Alianza está compuesta por más de 60 organizaciones afiliadas - además de capítulos locales en Atlanta, Durham, Seattle y Nueva York - con más de 20,000 niñeras, limpiadoras de casa y cuidadoras de ancianos y personas con discapacidades en 37 ciudades y 18 estados.