A coalition of South Asian American groups voiced their support for Sangeeta Richard, the maid in New York suspected of being underpaid by an Indian diplomat indicted for visa fraud.(file photo by Sasha Kimel)
The National Coalition of South Asian Organizations says the case against Devyani Khobragade brings to light the plight of more than 1.8 million domestic workers in the United States, many who are immigrants.
The indictment alleges Richard worked at least 100 hours per week for about $1.42 per hour. Khobragade has since been allowed to leave the country and return to India to avoid charges.
“We commend the U.S. Attorney’s Office for enforcing the rights of Ms. Richard under the law,” the coalition said in its statement.
“We stand with Sangeeta Richard and call upon our community members to support her and domestic workers around the country. We urge policymakers and government agencies to enact and enforce policies that will protect the rights of domestic workers, just as the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Department of Justice did in this case. We will continue to collaborate with one another and with allies in conducting outreach, raising public awareness, and advocating for the rights of domestic workers in our ongoing work with South Asian communities in the United States.”