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Health is a basic human right: Filipino domestic workers’ organizing for reproductive justice Linda Oalican Leah Obias DAMAYAN Migrant Workers Association.

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1 Health is a basic human right: Filipino domestic workers’ organizing for reproductive justice Linda Oalican Leah Obias DAMAYAN Migrant Workers Association

2 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.

3 NYWF-Catalyst Cohort Partnership: LUNAS (“healing”) Holistic Health Building women workers’ leadership, organizing & advocacy for reproductive & economic justice

4 CAMPAIGNS: Women workers organize for long-term change Impacting upon systemic barriers

5  delivered free comprehensive health services and health rights trainings in the community, mobilizing approximately the following annually:  a volunteer base of 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

6  750 domestic worker and other low-wage worker members in NYC and NJ  mobilized 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

7  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

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