The following is an excerpt from Part of the Family? Nannies, Housekeepers, Caregivers and the Battle for Domestic Workers' Rights by Sheila Bapat, released by Ig Publishing in May.
"Care can never be valued if its givers are exploited."—Michael Lyon, San Francisco Gray Panthers and Hand in Hand
Chevy Chase, Maryland, is a charming, upper-crust town of just under one thousand residents. Maple and oak trees line the streets, and houses are worth nearly a million dollars. The median family income is about $140,000 per year. It was here that Fatima Cortessi, at the age of twenty, landed after leaving her home country of Paraguay in 2011.
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