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AFIRE and Community Leaders Send a Message of Strength, Resilience, and Resistance Before Inaugurati

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION (Chicago, IL) -- On January 12, members of AFIRE and other community groups gathered together at Grace Place Episcopal Church to launch the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights which went into effect January 1, 2017. The new law grants domestic workers, including those who are undocumented or out-of-status, a state minimum wage, freedom from sexual harassment, and a day of rest in seven. The law is critical in this moment of fear, one week before the inauguration of a new presidential administration that opposes immigrant and workers rights. O’lola Ann, a caregiver and member of AFIRE, shared her testimony on behalf of domestic workers at the press confere

AFIRE Job Openings: Join our Team!

AFIRE is now hiring! Job descriptions for the following positions can be found below: Citizenship Coordinator and Educator (Full-Time) Community Health Organizer (Full-Time, Short-Term) Title V Office Assistant (Part-Time Paid Volunteer) About AFIRE The Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE) is a grassroots community organization whose mission is to build the capacity of Filipino/a/xs*​ ​to​ ​organize on issues of social, racial, and economic justice that affect undocumented​ ​immigrants, domestic workers, seniors, and youth. JOB DESCRIPTION Citizenship Coordinator and Educator (Full-Time) Position Summary Under the supervision of AFIRE’s Executive Director (Mich

Media Advisory: New Illinois Law “Sweeps Away Exploitation” for State’s 35,000+ Domestic Workers

ADVISORY FOR JANUARY 12, 2016 Media Contact: Naomi Leilani Salcedo E: Nsalcedo@afirechicago.org C: 773-315-0997 New Illinois Law “Sweeps Away Exploitation” for State’s 35,000+ Domestic Workers What: Press conference and “Sweep Away Exploitation” Rally of domestic workers and allies When: 10:00-10:30am CST on January 12, 2017 Where: Grace Episcopal Church, 637 South Dearborn, 1st floor, Chicago, IL 60605 Who: Illinois Domestic Workers Coalition, including Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE), Latino Union, Arise Chicago, Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, SEIU-HCII, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, Heartland Alliance, Women Employed; domestic workers

“Caregivers are Not Invisible”: Luwalhati’s Story

Luwalhati is a 72-year old Filipino mother who is working as a live-in caregiver in the suburbs of Chicago. She takes care of an elderly American couple inflicted with serious medical conditions affecting their mobility. She has been giving them care for over six years now, and has treated them with love and respect. “I protect them like they are my own family.” As a live-in caregiver, Luwalhati would work non-stop from sunrise to sunset: preparing meals, monitoring medicine intakes, rendering assistance in the use of toilet room, fixing their beds and closets, pushing their wheelchairs, running errands, handling occasional tantrums thrown at her, and managing all other chores in the house.

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