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Human Rights

Labor of Love

Ai-Jen Poo, cofounder and director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, is helping to build a movement to improve the lives of 2.5 million US home care workers.


Ai-Jen Poo’s goal is “to bring dignity and respect to all workers.” In its huge scope and almost limitless ambition, such an aim can seem on a par with achieving world peace or ending hunger. It would be easy to mock Poo for her lofty vision if, at age 39, she hadn’t already made huge steps toward achieving it.

Poo can already take credit for leading the fight for the New York Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, the country’s first, which went into effect in 2010. She helped found...

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