Priscilla Gonzalez and Rebecca Smith
Priscilla Gonzalez is the Organizing Coordinator for Domestic Workers United, an organization of nannies, housekeepers, and elderly caregivers in New York, organizing for power, respect, fair labor standards, and to help build a movement to end exploitation and oppression for all. Rebecca Smith is the Coordinator of the Justice for low-wage and immigrants Project of the National Employment Law Project (NELP). She has written, testified, litigated and lectured extensively on immigrant workers’ employment rights, and wage and hour and unemployment insurance law. Ms. Smith was the principal author of an amicus curiae brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in NLRB v. Hoffman Plastic Compounds, 122 S.Ct. 1275 (2001). She also wrote and co-wrote amicus briefs in several post-Hoffman cases, including the request of the Government of Mexico for an Advisory Opinion in the International Court of Human Rights on a member state’s limitation of remedies for undocumented workers who suffer violations of their labor rights (OC-18). She, along with other collaborators, has been actively involved in promoting migrant workers’ rights as human rights before the UN Committee on Migrant Workers, in proceedings under the NAALC, in “shadow” reports on US compliance with the ICCPR and the CERD, and on the UN Special Rapporteur’s visit to the United States in summer 2007. She is the author of an article on human rights and immigrants’ rights, Human Rights at Home: Human Rights as an Organizing and Legal Tool in Low-wage Worker Communities, 3 Stan. J. Civ. Rts. & Civ. Liberties 285 (Fall 2007).