In their own words: 5 Latina immigrant housekeepers on how the pandemic has impacted their lives
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By: Martha Martinez
October 6 ,2021
‘We’re completely invisible,’ said one woman living in San Francisco
Covid-19 has exposed the precariousness of one of the most invisible — yet essential — workforces: domestic workers. In the United States, the pandemic’s economic crisis has hit domestic workers hard: 90 percent reported having lost their jobs by late March in 2020, and three out of four were primary breadwinners in their households, according to a report by the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA). And they’re still far from recovery.
Almost one-third of the domestic workers in the United States are Latinas, and U.S. Department of Labor statistics show that Latinas’ participation in the workforce has fallen the most since the onset of the pandemic. In house cleaning, half of workers are foreign-born, and Latinas make up 62 percent of those workers. During the pandemic, less than a third of Spanish-speaking domestic workers received stimulus checks, and more than 90 percent did not receive unemployment benefits.
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