Who We Are
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.
Our HistoryIn 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.
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.
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.
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
Board of Directors
Carlos Castillo, President
Eric Macias, Secretary
Sarah Block, Treasurer
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)
Mayor’s Office of Latino Affairs (OLA)
National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)
St. Stephen and Incarnation Church
Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars