On April 24, 2018, CALCASA organized and co-hosted Beyond the Hashtag: Low Paid Workers and Sexual Violence.
Together with national sponsors, Casa de Esperanza, Futures Without Violence, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, and National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, panels on farm worker and janitorial worker survivor-leadership were shared with advocates and given expert testimony from law enforcement officers and immigration protections.
Highlights from the briefing included testimony about survivor’s experiences in California developing and championing policy change to improve training and conditions in the janitorial industry, screening of a clip from Rape On The Night Shift, and national partner leadership in workplace response and tools, and a detailed discussion on UVisa and other VAWA and immigration protections for survivors that are abused in the workplace.
The Honorary Congressional Host Committee was comprised of Senator Dianne Feinstein, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard, Representative Ann McLane Kuster, Representative Gwen Moore, and Representative Brenda L. Lawrence.
Partnering organizations included the sponsor’s names above as well as SEIU-USWW, Raliance, ASISTA, Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Tahirih Justice Center, and Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.