Presentation on theme: "Health is a basic human right: Filipino domestic workers’ organizing for reproductive justice Linda Oalican Leah Obias DAMAYAN Migrant Workers Association."— Presentation transcript:
Health is a basic human right: Filipino domestic workers’ organizing for reproductive justice Linda Oalican Leah Obias DAMAYAN Migrant Workers Association
Who are we? Membership-based and led organization Grassroots, independent, comprehensive Uphold & assert the rights & welfare of Filipino migrant workers Address root causes of forced migration We envision a society where families are not forcibly separated just to meet our basic needs--a society where there is equal opportunity to have a life with decency, peace and dignity.
NYWF-Catalyst Cohort Partnership: LUNAS (“healing”) Holistic Health Building women workers’ leadership, organizing & advocacy for reproductive & economic justice
CAMPAIGNS: Women workers organize for long-term change Impacting upon systemic barriers
delivered free comprehensive health services and health rights trainings in the community, mobilizing approximately the following annually: a volunteer base of 20-30 members per health fair or event; 400 low-wage workers receiving direct services and rights trainings; 1,000 individuals attending programs, campaign activities, legal clinics and other trainings; and over 100 doctors, nurses, medical students, community youth and allies to donate labor, skills, time and services ongoing comprehensive service for 6 cases of human trafficking and modern- day slavery of domestic workers; 5 were domestic workers of diplomats adjusted immigration status for 6 workers through Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and refugee status recovered $300,000 total in wage theft with an additional 8 ongoing wage theft cases in 2010 ACCOMPLISHMENTS Connecting services to worker organizing
750 domestic worker and other low-wage worker members in NYC and NJ mobilized 100-250 domestic worker and other low-wage workers for the annual General Assembly every year for 7 years successfully held 7 democratic elections of the Board of Directors; elected an all-women, all-domestic workers Board for 2 straight years founding member and 2-term Coordinating Committee member of National Domestic Workers Alliance struck down diplomatic immunity of former UN Ambassador to the Philippines, Lauro Baja, in the case of trafficking and forced labor of Damayan member Marichu Baoanan founding member of NY Domestic Workers for Justice Coalition, which successfully won passage of a NY Domestic Workers Bill of Rights this year ACCOMPLISHMENTS Connecting services to worker organizing
83% graduated college or had some college education 64% migrated for economic reasons 38% migrated to other countries before coming to the US Migration Work 64% have experienced one or more wage violations Only 12% have health insurance; 1/3 have sick days 52% remit from 26% to 75% of income home Living conditions 33% share a room with others in an apartment 18% rent a room in an apartment or house 15% live with the employer 208 surveys; 25 in-depth interviews; 5 focus group discussions Participatory-based Research Research Report Launch & Findings 5:30 pm Gala 7 pm-10 Metro Baptist Church 410 West 40th St New York, NY