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Coming to this country with dreams of a better life, frontline caregivers, nannies and house cleaners risk it all to support their families while fighting for workplace protections during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through grit, activism and unbending solidarity, these mostly female and largely undocumented workers show how change can happen—even when the odds are stacked against them.

Led by Kim Alvarenga, the daughter of a Salvadoran domestic worker in San Francisco, the California Domestic Workers Coalition helps lead a turbulent campaign that would bring domestics under OSHA protections for the first time in our nation’s history.