09:54, August 14 267 0 theguardian.com

2018-08-14 09:54:05
Time’s Up to aid low-wage and domestic workers who suffer from abuse

The Time’s Up campaign against sexism and inequality on Tuesday announced it is giving $750,000 in grants to groups supporting low-wage and domestic workers.

More than 18 groups across the US are set to receive the money from the Times Up Legal Defense Fund, which has raised nearly $22m to help with legal costs for victims of sexual harassment, abuse and retaliation in the workplace.

Fatima Goss Graves, CEO of the National Women’s Law Center, a nonprofit that’s managing the fund, said the group is giving money to outside groups for the first time, better to reach victims and communities that may be reluctant to seek traditional services on their own.

“We know some workers are really hard to reach,” Graves said. “Having the support of an organization that works deeply in communities to help them navigate where to go, to help them have support as they walk through the process is going to be a really critical next phase in making sure we’re continuing to reach workers in different parts of the country, especially those working in low-wage jobs.”

Grant recipients include the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project, which will use its grant to train community organizers, craft workshops and translate resources for survivors into Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese and Urdu.

And the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault received a $40,000 grant, which will go toward developing sexual assault education and outreach programs at several local organizations that serve specific communities including Native American women, Asian families, transgender individuals and people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“We always know anybody in a more isolated, vulnerable community is at higher risk of sexual harassment and assault. These are populations that aren’t seeking advocacy,” said Kim Alaburda, director of the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault. “The fact that Times Up could see they needed to do outreach to reach more survivors who don’t have access to services was really forward thinking and something we’re not used to seeing in our work.”


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