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Netherlands: Request to donate money to undocumented domestic workers activists

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by IDWFED published May 16, 2016 05:02 PM
We are protesting against the deportation of two strong women who have been defending domestic workers' rights!

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NETHERLANDS -

"As soon as possible, I will marry my dog: he has papers - unlike myself"

This is a quote of Jacqueline Contreras, an undocumented migrant domestic worker and activist in the Netherlands in a documentary film, made by a German filmmaker.

United Migrant Domestic Workers, Amsterdam from Anne Frisius on Vimeo.

Jacqueline Contreras, who has a Chilean passport, was involved in an accident recently and caught by the police. She had to leave her apartment immediately and had expenses because of this of about €5.000, -- She is due to be deported as soon as possible.  She has been living in the Netherlands for over 14 years, together with her husband and her children. All attempts to become regularized have been in vain. Her children went to school and are studying in the Netherlands. They now have to leave the country as well.  

Francia Galeano, another undocumented migrant domestic worker and activist, originally from Colombia, has been trying to regularize her status in the Netherlands for over 25 years and lost the case for her and her children in December 2015. Her husband was successful but she was not granted any status. Francia Galeano also has to leave the country in May, together with two of her three children, who are all born in the Netherlands and are adults. Only one child is married to a Dutch man and can therefore stay.

Jaqueline and Francia, have both been active in their organizations "United Migrant Domestic Workers" and were active members of their union FNV Bondgenoten.  

We are protesting against the deportation of two strong women who have been defending workers' rights!

They have been providing essential services to the society they live in. They speak the language, they are integrated in their neighborhoods and communities and they always obeyed the laws.

Jaqueline and Francia belong to us - solidarity with Jaqueline and Francia!

German friends have taken up the initiative to collect money for Jaqueline and Francia for urgent needs. Monica Orjeda, who is a staff member of the inter-cultural association "verikom" in Hamburg/Germany and an activist herself,  has personal contacts to Jaqueline and Francia and will ensure that the collected money will reach them.

Please donate to the following account:

verikom
Jaqueline and Francia - Amsterdam activists
IBAn: DE54 4306 0967 4087 4423 00
BIC: GENODEM1GLS
GLS Bank

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Source: Urgent - Help Wanted - No Recognition Provided - Domestic workers fight for their rights

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