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Judith Sunderland, researcher for the Europe and Central Asia Division of Human Rights Watch, wrote this report based on existing Human Rights Watch reports and materials. Nisha Varia, Asia researcher for the Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch, also contributed to the writing. The report draws from the research of current and former Human Rights Watch staff including Clarisa Bencomo, Michael Bochenek, Jonathan Cohen, Zama Coursen-Neff, Hadi Ghaemi, Sahr Muhammed Ally, Carol Pier, Gini Sherry, Judith Sunderland, and Nisha Varia. Jo Becker, advocacy director of the Children’s Rights Division; Janet Walsh, acting executive director, Women’s Rights Division; Alison Parker, acting executive director, U.S. Program; Dinah PoKempner, general counsel, Legal and Policy Office; and Ian Gorvin, consultant to the Program Office, reviewed the report. Erin Mahoney provided research and production assistance. Andrea Holley, Fitzroy Hepkins, and José Martinez also provided production assistance.

We are grateful to the many individuals and organizations that have facilitated Human Rights Watch’s research on domestic workers over the past several years. We would also like to thank sincerely all the individuals who agreed to be interviewed for our reports. Their willingness to share their information and experiences made this body of research possible.

The Women’s Rights Division and the Children’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch gratefully acknowledge the support of all our individual donors and the following foundations: the Susan A. and Donald B. Babson Charitable Foundation, The Banky-LaRocque Foundation, The Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation, Inc., the Bloomberg Foundation, the Chicago Foundation for Women, the Connemara Fund, the Countess Moira Charitable Foundation, the Independence Foundation, the Gruber Family Foundation, The JKW Foundation, the Link Foundation, the Moriah Fund, the Oak Foundation, The Lisbet Rausing Charitable Fund, The Sigrid Rausing Trust, the Roth Family Foundation, the Schooner Foundation, the Silverleaf Foundation, The Barbra Streisand Foundation, Inc., and the Malcolm Hewitt Wiener Foundation.

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