GRACE PADAO

Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment

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PORTGAGE PARK

For the over ten years I worked as a domestic worker, my employer never provided me paid sick days or vacation days and they paid me poverty level wages. Unfortunately, this was an all too common experience among my fellow domestic workers, and we did not know if we had any rights or recourse as domestic workers. 

"I believe we won, because women most impacted like me mobilized and led the campaign."

The passage of the Illinois Human Rights Act and the Wages of Women and Minors Act inspired me to learn about my rights as a domestic worker and drew me to the Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE) and their domestic worker bill of rights campaign. As a leader with AFIRE, I, with hundreds of other domestic workers, advocated for the successful passage of the Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights that will grant basic labor protections to domestic workers (caregivers, nannies, housekeepers) which include the right to minimum wage, pay for all hours worked, one day of rest, and protection from sexual harassment.

"Through AFIRE, I will engage with domestic workers and inform them of their rights! I am committed to making sure that the bill is fully implemented."

I believe we won, because women most impacted like me mobilized and led the campaign.  As a leader with AFIRE, I will continue to engage with domestic workers and inform them of their rights! I am committed to making sure that the bill is fully implemented.