Category: Focus on Domestic Workers

Paid Domestic Workers, Women and Democracy

I first visited Peru in 1995 as a graduate student and junior member of a Latin American Studies Association delegation to examine the state of democracy in that country on the…

Invisible Commutes

English + Español
Belén García, a Colombian domestic worker, wakes up at five in the morning every day in her home in the chilly mountains of southeastern Bogotá. After taking a shower, she dresses in several…

The Challenges of Yenny Hurtado

English + Español
Yenny Hurtado is a tall, slim woman whose skin does not reveal her history and much less, her age. She sports a red and pink turban with much grace and simplicity. The naturalness with…

“We are Not Part of Your Family; We Have Our Own”

English + Español
In 2003, shortly before I (Adriana Paz) emigrated from my native country, Bolivia, for the first time ever, a law regulating domestic work (Law 2450) was approved, despite the fact that this…


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