Black immigrant domestic workers are at the epicenter of three converging storms—the pandemic, the resulting economic depression, and structural racism. Intersectional identities such as Black, immigrant, woman, and low-wage worker make these essential workers some of the most invisible and vulnerable workers in our country.
The Institute for Policy Studies’ (IPS) Black Worker Initiative, in partnership with the National Domestic Workers Alliance’s (NDWA) We Dream in Black program, conducted a survey on May 19-June 6, 2020 of Black immigrant domestic workers in three locations— with data from Massachusetts, Miami-Dade, Florida, and New York, New York— to look at the impact of COVID-19 on Black domestic workers.
Over 800 domestic workers responded to the We Dream in Black Domestic Worker Survey. [See complete totals in Appendix.]
As the nation turns toward reopening in the midst of racial reckoning, the experiences of Black immigrant domestic workers show all that we must reject and all that we must build to become a safer, stronger, and more just country. We must ensure federal relief efforts reach Black domestic workers, and that they are at the center of our economic recovery efforts and plans to rebuild. (author abstract)