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Who is Trabajadores Unidos de Washington DC?

Trabajadores Unidos de Washington DC–Workers United of Washington DC (TUWDC) is a 501(c)(3) community based nonprofit that seeks to educate and address the needs of the immigrant, migrant, and low-income worker in Washington, DC. We work alongside workers to fight against the practice of wage theft, workplace discrimination, and workplace safety violations. Building leadership and engaging in civic action are our primary methods for organizing low-wage immigrant workers.    
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Our History

In early 2005 members of the Foundry United Methodist Church reached out to day laborers who gathered at various sites in DC, including the Home Depot parking lot in Northeast Washington. A coalition of labor, churches, and community organizations, led by DC Jobs with Justice, advocated for the day laborers until 2013. Their goal was to organize the day labor community and educate workers so they could advocate to improve their working conditions. By 2013 Washington, DC day laborers, a majority of whom are Latino immigrants and African-Americans, were ready to create their own, independent non-profit. After working in coalition with other community groups on workers’ rights campaigns and immigrant rights movements, these immigrant workers had built a strong leadership team. The newly formed Trabajadores Unidos Board and its membership base was poised to represent the interests and rights of immigrant and low-wage workers in Washington, DC.
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Our Mission

We strive to advance and defend the rights and interests of immigrants, migrants and low-income workers, while organizing and developing leaders. We seek to create a community in Washington, DC that promotes equality for all.

Our Vision

We envision a future in which the work of day laborers, immigrants, and low-income workers is respected and appreciated. We aspire to live in a world where diverse communities can coexist in an environment of mutual respect, peace, and justice.

Our Values

Empowerment: We believe all people should have a voice in the decisions that affect our lives.

Community: We believe excellence is achieved through collaboration, accountability, innovation and pride in the quality of our work.

Diversity: We believe we are stronger when we enhance, recognize and celebrate our diversity.

Solidarity: We believe that working in solidarity strengthens us in the struggle for social justice.

Respect:  We believe in respect for the dignity and equality of all people and the power to change our own lives.

Meet Our Team

Arturo Griffiths

Executive Director



Lorena Mejia



Rogelio Cedillo



Board of Directors

Carlos Castillo, President

Eric Macias, Secretary

Sarah Block, Treasurer

Jose Alvarado

Jose Cruz

Ricardo Gallardo

David Melendez

Rusbel Cinta

Jose Cisneros



All Souls/Beckner Advancement Fund

Bread for the City


CASA de Maryland

Center for Community Engagement (CCE), American University

Change to Win

Clinica del Pueblo

Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development DC

Day Laborer Exchange (DLE), Georgetown University

DC Jobs with Justice

DC Office of Human Rights

Diverse City Fund

First Interfaith Worker Justice

Israel Baptist Church

Klein Horning LLP

La Casa Center

Latino Economic Development Corporation (LEDC)

Mary’s Center

Mayor’s Office of Latino Affairs (OLA)

National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)

Panera Bread

St. Stephen and Incarnation Church

Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars

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