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org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 12, 2014 CONTACT: RSVP for Press Conference by 6 pm on 3/12 MeghanVesel, Brazilian Immigrant Center 1-404-583-1682 meghanvesel@global.t-bird.edu

First Public Hearing on the Connecticut Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights The Labor and Public Employees Committee hears from domestic workers and their supporters about the Connecticut Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, HB.5527. (Bridgeport, CT) Domestic workers and their supporters testified today in favor of the CT Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, HB 5527. Domestic workers are the backbone of the Connecticut’ economy. Over 40,000 nannies, home-care workers and house-cleaners keep our economy running by supporting our families and our homes. Unfortunately, this critical workforce has been undervalued and left to work without many key legal protections. As a result many workers are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation, working long hours with few benefits and subject to discrimination and harassment. “I believe the CT Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights will provide greater stability for our workforce so we can continue to provide the best care for Connecticut’s families and communities,” said Carla Goyes, a nanny from Greenwich, CT. The CT Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights would establish industry-wide labor standards for the state’s rapidly growing workforce. In recent years, New York, Hawaii and California have passed laws that recognize the value of this work and provide more legal protections. Connecticut may soon follow them. Former nanny Natalicia Tracy, Executive Director of the Brazilian Immigrant Center, and a member of the Board of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, explained that, “As a former domestic worker myself, I have spent most of my life taking care of children, supporting the elderly, and cleaning houses. It is gratifying to see Connecticut seriously planning to pass a law that will protect such an important group of workers, and also give well-meaning employers better industry-specific guidelines to follow.” DATE: TIME: WHO: March 13, 2014 Press Conference: Public Hearing: Carla GoyesMeghan Vesel – Natalicia Tracy – Press Conference: Public Hearing: 2:45 pm 3:30 pm Domestic Worker Leader Lead Organizer, Domestic Workers Project of Connecticut Executive Director, Brazilian Immigrant Center Democratic Caucus Room – City Council Chambers City Council Chambers 45 Lyons Terrace Bridgeport, CT ### CTDWBOR Team: 
 Brazilian Immigrant Center, National Employment Law Project, New Haven Legal Assistance, NuLawLab, Northeastern University School of Law, SEIU State Council, and United Auto Workers.

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