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National Domestic Workers Research Project: Integrating Research Goals With Organizational and Leadership Development



The National Domestic Workers Alliance conducted a national survey to collect and analyze data about the experiences of nannies, housecleaners and elder caregivers in 14 metropolitan areas of the United States. The survey project was a partnership among NDWA, DataCenter, and the Center for Urban Economic Development at the University of Illinois, Chicago. The case study will focus on the integration and participation of local domestic worker organizations and their members at all stages of the project, from development of the survey instrument through data analysis and presentation of survey results. The case study will address the ways in which the process of conducting the survey advanced organizational and leadership development goals, along with challenges encountered along the way.



Linda Burnham

National Domestic Workers Alliance


Guillermina Castellanos

La Colectiva de Mujeres


Christina Fletes

UC Berkeley and Harvard University




Linda Burnham is the Research Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. She co-founded the Women of Color Resource Center (WCRC) and was its executive director for 18 years. WCRC was a community action and resource center committed to developing a strong, institutional foundation for social change activism by and on behalf of women of color. Burnham has published widely on African-American women, African-American politics, and feminist theory in a range of periodicals and anthologies. She edited and contributed to the anthology, Changing the Race: Racial Politics and the Election of Barack Obama. Most recently she co-authored Home Economics: The Invisible and Unregulated World of Domestic Work.



Guillermina Castellanos was born in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico. She comes from a very poor family. His mother worked cleaning houses and her father worked as a farmer and gardener. Wilhelmina immigrated to the United States in 1985. In 1989 he was among the first group of eight women Women United and Active (MUA) in San Francisco, California. In 1996 participated in a leadership training to know their rights against migration, which was a very successful campaign for many years. In the same year was a member of the staff of MUA, with responsibility for coordinating the popular theater, which was responsible for issues of welfare reform state-a bell. In 2000 he founded the Women’s Collective along with Rene Saucedo. As Organising Collective leadership has developed hundreds of women in political work to demand respect and dignity, also provided in order to build and transform the lives of Members share. Keeping that communication and equal Latina immigrant has made have confidence in keeping the Collective organized and mobilized every day. His work has been committed to social change, political and economic. In 2002 he worked in the coalition of homeless families living in hotels “residential.”

In 2004 the Collective began working on the hood of domestic workers, since for the collective that is its essence and is Members share their work. In 2005 Guillermina was a member of the board of the network of day laborers and in 2006 La Raza Centro Legal Awarded one of 10 years of community work. In 2007, in Social Forum in Atlanta, was founded the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), where the Collective was fortunate to give a workshop on the history of domestic workers, and Guillermina was part of the coordinating committee National Alliance in 2008. In 2010 Women Active Units and Guillermina was awarded recognition for the 20 years in the struggle of community work. In 2011 Guillermina was part of the delegation of the USA in the UN Suisa. Was presented to the assembly to ratify the Convention 189, which is decent work for domestic workers. Throughout this struggle reflects his happiness. Is your diet every day.

Christina Fletes is a Bay Area native committed to the rights of low-wage workers. From 2010-2012, she managed the first-ever national gathering of quantitative data of the domestic workers which resulted in the report, Home Economics. Christina is a concurrent degree student at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government for her Master in Public Policy where she is a Gleitsman Fellow and UC Berkeley School of Law for her J.D.


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