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

As a child, I volunteered for the church. We cleaned the homes of elderly churchgoers. Many were war veterans and people who had gone through the Great Depression. It was quite an experience. Some of them  were hoarders and needed a lot of help. I loved the sense of sharing and learning, but I also remember appreciating going home to …

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 …

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 …

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 …