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On Migrant Working Women 

Working migrant women are major global economic and social actors.

Through remittances and their international communication alone, they contribute considerably to their native countries’ GDP, aid in local development (funding small businesses, local schools, and property/land development), and are stakeholders in both major U.S. and world businesses.

Working migrant women are diplomats.

As professional caregivers (custodians to children, the elderly and home life), they share the values of their cultural, political and socio-economic experiences through individual relationships. These women shape the world perspective of affluent youth (future world leaders) and share a holistic view of Western society to their own families in the U.S and abroad – bridging cultural gaps and building the cultural capital of their native and adoptive communities.


On Domestic Workers 

Domestic workers provide a valuable service to families around the globe, and their work should be treated with respect and dignity. Too often, the economic and social contributions domestic workers are undervalued and their work is not considered "real work" because it takes place in the home. Because domestic work is most often performed by women of color, and every increasingly by migrant/immigrant women of color, domestic workers are subject to several layers of discrimination. We are working with partners on the national and international level to bring attention to the struggles of domestic workers and to transform the industry. 

On the Human Rights Approach to Migrant Women

Regardless of country of origin, immigration or socio-economic status, the development of women is the key to community developement. We believe the empowerment process, one that emphasizes a woman's own capabilities and productivity, is the most effective way to "help" women who are struggling after exploitation. We believe that "victim saving" approaches fail to recognize the strengths and values of exploited workers, and we strive to reframe the dialogue about direct services in the United States.