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Brazilian Worker Center

Fighting for Social and Economic Justice

Portugues

Welcome to BIC Bridgeport Connecticut

Welcome to the Connecticut Branch Office of the Brazilian Immigrant Center for All.

The Brazilian Immigrant Center for All opened its Connecticut office in November 2012 in Bridgeport, CT. Our office is located at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 768 Fairfield Avenue in western Bridgeport or St. John's Family Center at 1067 Park Avenue.

Domestic Workers Bill of Rights Hearing: UPDATE!
On March 13, 2014 we gathered at the Bridgeport City Council Chambers to raise awareness of the plight and struggles of domestic workers in Connecticut. The bill discussed at the hearing, HB 5527, addressed basic exclusions confronting domestic workers as a class of workers and guarantee some basic minimum rights that almost all other workers have here in our state. This Bill of Rights will work to ensure that all domestic workers receive minimum wage and overtime and have a written agreement that outlines their duties as well as their rate of pay. Domestic workers would have protections from on-the-job injuries by extending workers compensation benefits to them. This bill would also mean increased protections in cases of sexual harassment and discrimination.

On that day we banded together to push for new legislation that would make it possible for all domestic workers to receive the dignity and respect they deserve. We provided numerous examples of testimony and opened the eyes of those were were blind to the struggles of domestic workers.

We are happy to announce that the bill, HB 5527, passed through committee and though there are many steps to come, we are heading in the right direction. We greatly thank all of you for your support. Together we can accomplish great things.

For more information on the bill please click the link entitled "HB 5527- Bill Status" at the bottom of the page.

Workers Rights
Our mission is to support worker’s struggles in greater Fairfield County around workers’ rights and immigrant rights. Our office is open from 12 to 6 on Thursdays and by appointment. We are able to assist with a wide variety of education, counseling, and advocacy in workplace justice and employment matters. Our deputy director speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese. We can attempt to provide Haitian interpretation services.

Immigration Legal Clinic
We offer an immigration legal clinic with low cost consultation with highly qualified, caring immigration attorneys on Thursday afternoons.
Please call (203) 540-5444 for an appointment with an immigration attorney.

Domestic Workers
Our Domestic Worker Project of Connecticut is a multicultural, multilingual program working to economically empower housecleaners, nannies, and caregivers. Domestic workers are known as excluded workers because they were denied the right to minimum wage, overtime, the right to organize and collectively bargain among other rights during the New Deal Era in the 1930s. The mission of our program is advance social and economic justice for all domestic workers.
Our Hispanic and Domestic Workers started forming in the first and second quarters of 2013, respectively. Haitian and West Indian groups are also currently forming. Our Spanish-speaking domestic workers Circle of Caring meets the third Friday of every month from 7 to 9 pm in the parish hall of St. John’s Episcopal Church. Since Domestic Workers care for our society, we are forming partnerships with churches and community groups so that they can help take care of our domestic workers in our monthly gatherings. Christ and Holy Trinity Church of Westport provides a dinners and childcare for the domestic workers and their children. These gathering offer the women an opportunity to develop a professional network with other housecleaners, nannies, and caregivers. The Domestic Worker Project offer special ongoing workshops on Saturdays in areas such as contracts and negotiation skills and green cleaning products in multiple languages or translation is offered. In our monthly workshops we learn from each other about worker’s rights. Recent topics have included negotiation skills, nutrition, and how to write a resume.

Soon we will provide health and safety training for domestic workers that addresses reduction of exposure to harzadous cleaning products, ergonomics, blood-borne pathogen exposure, violence at the workplace, and racism and discrimination. Please contact us at (203) 540-5444.

Worker Safety and Health Training
As the only Portuguese speaking worker center in New England, we offer to construction workers a Fall Protection course in Spanish and Portuguese that is approved by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. To enroll, call our office at (203) 540-5444.

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updated: 1 year ago