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Program areas at MUA
Direct Social Services: MUA offered a variety of direct services, including peer-based and professional therapy, referrals and accompaniment to community partners and resources, support groups, educational workshops, and domestic violence and sexual assault crisis counseling and intervention services to Latina immigrant women and their families in San Francisco, Oakland, and South Alameda County in 2019. Over 600 women received support via group meetings, with at least 300 attending meetings on an ongoing basis. In addition to our support group meetings, we provided individualized peer counseling to over 350 women and attended over 100 calls on our sexual assault crisis line. At least 250 Latina immigrants received access to medical, legal, social service, housing and other resources in 2018 that they wouldnt have otherwise because of the referrals and support provided by MUA. MUA trained 17 state-certified domestic violence advocates, maintained certification for 28 sexual assault crisis counselors, and prepared 15 newer members to be group facilitators. MUA continued our partnership with Rubys Place in Hayward to bring our innovative peer support model into their domestic violence shelter. We contracted with a victim services advocate at the SF Sheriffs Office to provide consultations and informational workshops for immigrant women navigating the criminal justice system. MUA co-organized the Si Se Puede domestic violence education and awareness conference in San Francisco in collaboration with Homeless Prenatal Project and Good Samaritan Resource Center. We also piloted our first ever support group meetings and counseling sessions in the Guatemalan indigenous Mam language.
California Domestic Worker Coalition:In 2019, MUA continued to anchor and fiscally sponsor the California Domestic Worker Coalition. In early 2019, the California Domestic Workers Coalition convened a Statewide Organizing Summit with participants and organizers from 45 organizations across California, including working centers, legal service providers, government agencies, and disability rights organizations. Participants collaborated to build a collective vision for building domestic worker political power in 2019 and into the future. Through a powerful opening plenary, coalition worker and employer leaders shared the threats, opportunities, and realities of domestic worker organizing in this key political moment. Through industry-specific sessions, participants innovated strategies for three key sectors: housecleaning, private homecare, and domestic employers. Through capacity-building workshops, participants deepened their knowledge about organizing, campaign strategies, and worker rights enforcement. Following the Organizing Summit, the coalition established a Homecare Industry Quarterly Roundtable to bring together stakeholders of the long term home care industry to determine and implement strategies for worker rights enforcement. Following the summit, the coalition also continued to refine the strategies of the Fair Work, Clean Homes, statewide housecleaner committee, to better understand the conditions of housecleaners in California and address the issues of wage theft and lack of compliance with basic labor protections.Continuing advocacy started in 2018, the Coalition mobilized across the state to advocate and to win the allocation of funding to create a new Domestic Worker Education and Outreach Program within the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, approved within the state budget. This first-of-its-kind state program will rely on innovative partnerships with community-based organizations (CBOs) throughout California to outreach to and educate domestic workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities. The establishment of the Education and Outreach Program is the most important step towards domestic worker rights enforcement taken by the California legislature and incoming Governor since the historic passage of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2016. It will help address the unique barriers to implementing basic labor protections for domestic workers, advancing our mission to make domestic worker rights a reality across California.
Community Education and Organizing:MUAs 2019 community education and organizing efforts focused on improving the working conditions of domestic workers by engaging in workers rights enforcement strategies and campaigns, and ensuring immigrant communities access to legal services and due process. MUA volunteers and staff facilitated over 85 educational presentations about immigrant rights, labor rights, and domestic violence prevention for over 1,000 people at service agencies, schools, businesses and consulates. MUA also graduated 22 new members from our basic leadership skills and civic engagement training program.