Friday, November 15, 2013
Immigration Article of the Day: The U.S. Au Pair Program: Labor Exploitation and the Myth of Cultural Exchange by Janie Chuang
The Article exposes how the legal categorization of au pairs as “cultural exchange participants” is strategically used to sustain - and disguise - a government-created domestic worker program to provide flexible, in-home childcare for upper-middle-class families at below-market prices. The “cultural exchange” subterfuge has created an underclass of migrant domestic workers conceptually and structurally removed from the application of labor standards and the scrutiny of labor institutions.