Birgith Phillips

Birgith Phillips

I came to the US from Costa Rica on a student visa. It’s customary in Costa Rica to have a maid. We had a lady working in the house, who helped to clean and cook. My mother said: “You better learn from her because it may not always be like this.” My mother was always traveling for work, so everything …

Allie Martinez

Allie Martinez

My mom was a very kind person. She cared about everyone, and she cared for everyone. Although she didn’t work outside the home in a paying job, she worked! She was social director for the church, she brought up kids and cared for us, she and my dad entertained a lot at the house, and she looked after her sister, …

Martha Fonseca

Martha Fonseca

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker I come in contact with many domestic workers. I got useful experience working as a domestic worker when I was young and can relate to my patients. My family moved to this country from Nicaragua.  My parents came looking for safety and had to start their life anew. Not knowing the language, my mom …

Ana Vallejo

Ana Vallejo

I am a lawyer at a nonprofit agency, Vida Law. We focus on helping survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence. Partnerships like #NeverNotWorking are vital for addressing the abuses that happen behind closed doors. And art is a powerful tool in starting conversations to raise awareness. Unfortunately, slavery is not yet dead—not in the world and not here in …

Elvia Castro

Elvia Castro

I am currently a household worker for families and offices. I like that my job is flexible and because I am self-employed, I can decide the hours I will work at a home or an office. I don’t like that household work is not appreciated or valued and that sometimes people talk down or brusquely to workers. I would like …

Daniella Levine Cava

Daniella Levine Cava

Household work is one of those things that’s just a part of everyone’s life. Some are clean. Others are messy. And people have both different amounts of things that must be cleaned and different levels of responsibility and support. This can make a world of a difference.   I’m very fortunate that I have a nice house, with a lot …

June Barrett

June Barrett

I grew up in a little village in Jamaica and when I was growing up, I was the oldest of the children, so that means at a tender age of 5, as far back as I can remember, I’ve been cleaning the house. It’s not like nowadays when you have the electric polisher, I would be getting down on my …

Chantal Ismael

Chantal Ismael - Never Not Working

I have been doing household work and care work professionally for almost 5 years now. It takes compassion to do things for others who depend on you. As a care worker, I feed and groom my clients because most of them can’t do all of that themselves. I like to take care of my clients. I love my patients, putting …

Kamila Przytula – Never Not Working – Miami Girls Foundation

What is your connection to the domestic work? My mother is a domestic worker. I used to help her cleaning houses when I was in Middle School. In High School I worked as a housekeeper and in college I used to tutor English to the housekeeping department in a hotel to help women become eligible for promotions. I have mixed …