Namaste! Welcome to the Adhikaar community!
Happy New Year 2014!
Since 2005, Adhikaar has been committed to improving the lives of Nepali-speaking communities and getting our voices heard in the social justice movement. We have assisted thousands of individuals and families; trained hundreds of new leaders; and worked in coalitions to successfully change policies and create new laws at local, state, national, and international levels, including the New York State Domestic Workers Bill of Rights and the International Domestic Workers' Convention.
Thank you for visiting our website, and thank you for your commitment to justice. Please feel free to drop by our office anytime Sunday through Thursday (1pm to 6pm), check out our Youtube channel, "like" our Facebook page, and follow us on Twitter.
News & Updates
It's that time of the year again, and we are excited to start planning our fundraiser reception, Spring for Justice. This year there a variety of wonderful ways to give and get involved: silent auction chockfull of goodies and gifts, great Nepali traditional food, live music, volunteering opportunities and more. Check out snapshots from Spring for Justice 2013, taken by our wonderful volunteer photographer, Sonam Ukyab.
To purchase tickets, visit our event page: bit.ly/adhikaar2014. For any other inquiries or questions, contact us at email@example.com.
All packages include tickets to the reception, projection in event and special recognition as an Adhikaar supporter in all related promotional materials, reaching more than 10,000 New York City residents in total, and an additional 5,000 people in other parts of the U.S.
Prayojak (Lead Sponsor): $10,001 Large ad in e-journal (800x600 pixels), 5 event tickets, and special recognition during the event and annual publication.
Sajhedar (Partner): $2,501 Large ad in e-journal (800x600 pixels), 3 event tickets, and recognition during the event.
Sahayogi (Supporter): $501 Small ad in e-journal (400x300 pixels) and 2 event tickets.
Saathi (Friend): $251 Small ad in e-journal (400x300 pixels) and 1 event ticket.
Advertisements and Tickets:
Individual Ticket: $95
Sponsors and in-kind donors from past Spring for Justice fundraisers
Amol & Ellen Pachnanda
Ashok Gurung & Masumi Watase
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)
Asian American/Asian Research Institute (AAARI)
Azadeh Khalili & Anthony Tassi
Bijay Acharya & Ashwata Pokhrel
Business Center for New Americans
Butala Emporium, Inc.
Crowley for Congress
Cyrus D. Mehta & Associates, PLLC
East West Hauling
Friends of Shirley Lin
Jews for Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ)
Juju's Bagels Cafe
Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust
Minkwon Center for Community Action
N. Cheng & Co., P.C.
New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE)
New York Asian Women's Center
Ong Family Foundation
Open Society Foundations
Outten & Golden LLP
Pradeep & Sashi Dhital
Queens Diamond & Jewelry
Queens Museum of Art
Ramesh Singh Malla
Rubin Museum of Art
Ruchi & Robert K. Pinniger
South Asian Bar Association of New York (SABANY)
Suki Terada Ports
Tafadzwa Pasipanodya & David Fuhr
Urban Justice Center
Narbada Chhetri leads a Nail Salon Health & Safety training by facilitating ergonomic exercises with nail salon workers and beauty salon workers from Brooklyn and Queens.
We are making progress with our Nail Salon Campaign - we are now done with our surveys, and have completed almost 200 surveys of Nepali-speaking nail salon and beauty salon workers on health and safety issues at the workplace, as well as focus group discussions. With support from the Data Center, we are analyzing the data and preparing a report, which will be released later in the year. Adhikaar is also collaborating with the Center for Urban Pedagogy and artists from Welcome Workshop as part of the Making Policy Public poster series, in a project using visuals to make public policy issues surround nail salons accessible to the workers and the customers.
As part of the new Justice for Job Seekers campaign, Adhikaar helped organize and participated in a forum in late January where members joined community allies from across the city in sharing stories about employment agency fraud and demanding change. The Justice for Job Seekers coalition represents low-wage workers seeking to reform New York employment agency laws in order to deter employment agency abuse and facilitate enforcement. A group of almost 20 members and staff attended the forum and our Director of Organizing and Advocacy, Narbada Chhetri, shared her testimonial.
Adhikaar members protest in solidarity with Sangeeta Richard, the domestic worker who suffered wage theft and workplace injustice at the hands of an Indian consulate employee. The rally was organized by the National Domestic Workers Alliance on December 19, 2013 in front of the Indian consulate office in Manhattan.
The issue of labor trafficking burst into the spotlight back in December, when news hit the press that Devyani Khobragade, India's deputy consul general in New York, was arrested for visa fraud - allegedly paying her housekeeper, Sangeeta Richard, a mere $3.31 an hour, and lying to the US officials about Sangeeta's real wage and working conditions. While the arrest consequently sparked a diplomatic row between the US and India, Adhikaar mobilized members and allies from the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) to organize an online petition that getting over 85,000 signatures, and a rally in front of the Indian Consulate in support of Sangeeta on December 19. More than two dozen domestic workers and allies came out to make sure that the voices of migrant workers are not silenced. With Adhikaar's support, Sangeeta has received assistance and is looking to continue her new life with dignity.
Adhikaar is one of the anchor organizations of Beyond Survival, an anti-trafficking campaign within NDWA. Adhikaar member leaders who have survived trafficking, along with staff representatives, attended a retreat in Washington DC in mid-January. Members also had the opportunity to attend an exclusive meeting with Secretary of Labor Tom Perez to bravely share their stories and ask for policy changes to support trafficking survivors and end trafficking. You can read about the meeting and Secretary Perez' thoughts about our members' stories here: http://social.dol.gov/blog/"in-a-room-with-no-windows-or-doors"/