Invisible Workforce

A series about America's nannies, housecleaners and caregivers and the people who hire them

Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, stands with National Peoples Action to demand accountability for the financial crisis on May 20, 2012, Washington, DC.

She’s an organizer of America’s domestic workers — and, now, a certified ‘genius’


Ai-jen Poo, the director of National Domestic Workers Alliance, just won a MacArthur Fellowship, commonly known as the “genius grant.” She describes how it feels to win the prestigious award and how it might affect her work with America’s “visible invisible” domestic workers.

Blanca and her son Guido play in Corona, Queens.

How an immigrant from Paraguay reunited with her son

Devyani Khobragade, India's deputy consul general

The US has long worked to prevent diplomats from mistreating household workers

Conflict & Justice

Global Push to Improve Labor Conditions for Cleaners, Maids, and Nannies

Conflict & Justice

Immigrant Domestic Workers Test New Ways to Settle Disputes

Conflict & Justice

Immigrant Domestic Workers Face Tough Challenges in a Push for Better Conditions

Immigrant domestic workers, nannies, housecleaners, and caregivers, are sometimes called the world’s largest invisible workforce. Odette Yousef, of WBEZ in Chicago, reports on nationwide efforts to improve employment conditions.

An Undocumented Immigrant Caregiver Shares Her Story

Conflict & Justice

Nannies, house cleaners, caregivers. In the US it’s estimated that more than 2 million people do this type of work. Most are women, many are immigrants. As part of our Global Nation coverage, Monica Campbell has our first piece about domestic workers.