The TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund has announced inaugural grants totaling $750,000 in support of organizations focused on helping low-wage workers who have suffered sexual harassment and related retaliation in the workplace.
Launched in January by three hundred prominent female actors, agents, writers, directors, producers, and entertainment executives to address systemic sexual harassment in Hollywood and beyond, TIME'S UP supports survivors of sexual harassment and retaliation and connects them to attorneys and public relations experts. Based on the organization's community ties, planned outreach to low-wage workers in target populations, and demonstrated commitment to advocacy on behalf of workers' rights, grants were awarded to eighteen nonprofits in support of a variety of projects, including leadership training, small worker-led meetings, radio shows, comic books, videos, apps, webinars, and social and traditional media initiatives.
Selected from more than a hundred and twenty applicants, recipients include Alianza Nacional de Campesinas in California, which will use the grant to bolster its sexual harassment education and outreach program to female farmworkers, rural service providers, and law enforcement agencies; the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project in Washington, D.C., which will lead train-the-trainer sexual harassment workshops and offer a stipend to program participants who commit to forty hours of community organizing; Forge in Wisconsin, which will develop educational resources and materials for transgender, non-binary individuals and allied service providers about workplace sexual harassment and related retaliation; Chicago-based Interfaith Worker Justice, which will launch its Gender Justice in the Workplace Project in eight states, with a focus immigrant women and victims of labor trafficking; and the National Domestic Worker's Alliance, which will develop its domestic worker leadership program, offer know-your-rights trainings, and improve its internal protocols to increase awareness of how domestic workers can address incidents of sexual misconduct.
"We are thrilled to support organizations that are helping the most vulnerable workers fight back against sexual harassment," said Fatima Goss Graves, co-founder of the TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund and president and CEO of the National Women's Law Center, where the fund is housed. "Sexual misconduct in the workplace has been allowed to thrive unchecked for too long — and low-wage workers and women of color have faced the brunt of this abuse and not known where to turn. The awardees' inventive strategies to educate workers about their rights are key to combating this scourge."