October 15, 2015, 7:00pm
Enoch Pratt Free Library
400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore
Ai-jen Poo, the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and Gustavo Torres, executive director of CASA, will talk about structural changes in the job market that have increased the number of day laborers, especially among immigrants and people of color. They will focus especially on how we can help build power, respect and fair labor standards for the 2.5 million nannies, housekeepers and elderly caregivers in the U.S. Rachel Micah-Jones, founder and executive director of CDM: Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, will moderate.
Ai-jen Poo is the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Co-director of the Caring Across Generations campaign. She has been organizing immigrant women workers since 1996. In 2000 she co-founded Domestic Workers United, the New York organization that spearheaded the successful passage of the state’s historic Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2010.
Gustavo Torres is the executive director of CASA, a multi-service Latino advocacy and support agency. He has been recognized nationally and internationally for his leadership and vision in the immigrant rights movement in the United States. He joined CASA’s staff as a community organizer, and has served as CASA’s Executive Director since 1994.
Rachel Micah-Jones is an attorney and the founder and executive director of Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc., the first transnational migrant rights organization based in Mexico and the United States. An award-winning leader in the migrant and workers’ rights movement, Rachel has focused on reforming international labor recruitment and the H-2A and H-2B guestworker programs to protect low-wage workers.
This event is part of OSI-Baltimore’s Talking About Race Series, co-sponsored by the Enoch Pratt Free Library, which continues to explore the many facets of this complex subject.
This series is funded in part with gifts from The Vernon A. Reid Charitable Fund and the Sheela Murthy Law Firm.