Diplomatic Domestic Workers Trapped in Limbo

FIJ Grantee, Noy Thrupkaew, investigated the stories of dozens of diplomatic domestic workers in the U.S. for an upcoming feature in The Washington Post Magazine.

Noy learned diplomatic domestic workers have been victims of all sorts of abuse, including labor trafficking while working for diplomats in the U.S. While lawyers, domestic worker organizers, and advocates have won civil suits, settlements, and immigration relief for workers, along with a number of protections put in place by the U.S. government, advocates say that it’s still not enough to guarantee workers’ safety. 

In this piece, Noy follows the story of Germania — who moved from Quito, Ecuador, to work for Verónica Peña, an Ecuadorian diplomat, caring for her home and her two children.