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Immigrant In-Home Care Workers in the United States

Reports

Increasing Pathways to Legal Status for Immigrant In-Home Care Workers

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This report is one of two studies conducted in collaboration with the Caring Across Generations Campaign, by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, on ways to improve working conditions experienced by low-income immigrant women doing in home care work in the United States. Increasing Pathways to Legal Status for Immigrant In-Home Care Workers explores several ways to expand the paths to legal admission for immigrant in-home care workers, the benefits of permanent residence, and methods for improving the U.S. visa system as it affects in-home care workers. It also discusses how improved paths to legalization would help immigrant home care workers secure jobs with family-sustaining wages and good working conditions, and improve the quality of care available to older and disabled Americans. The second report in this series, Improving Career Opportunities for Immigrant Women In-Home Care Workers (Henrici 2013), examines existing coursework, training, and career ladder programs designed to address the particular needs of immigrant women domestic care workers.

Improving Career Opportunities for Immigrant Women In-Home Care Workers

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This report is one of two studies conducted in collaboration with the Caring Across Generations Campaign, by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, on ways to improve working conditions experienced by low-income immigrant women doing in-home care work in the United States. Improving Career Opportunities for Immigrant Women In-Home Care Workers addresses the lack of job mobility and skill development many immigrant women care workers face, based on expert interviews and review of existing research. This report provides examples of coursework, training, and career ladder programs that target the specific needs of immigrant women domestic care workers, and discusses how such programs can also benefit the elderly and disabled individuals who utilized in-home care services. The other report, Increasing Pathways to Legal Status for Immigrant In-Home Care Workers (Hess and Henrici 2013), examines the limitations of the U.S. immigration system for undocumented immigrant women care workers and discusses ways they might obtain legal status once in the United States or acquire legal documentation for entry.

Press Resources

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In the News

"Study: Immigrants Fill Healthcare Worker Shortage," US News and World Report, February 14, 2013

"How to Include Domestic Workers in Immigration Reform," The Nation, February 12, 2013

    Release Event

    IWPR Roundtable on Women and the Economy: Immigration Pathways and Career Training for In-Home Care Workers, February 11, 2013

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