ABOUT
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OUR MISSION

 
 

Damayan empowers low-wage workers to fight for their labor, health, gender, and immigrant rights. Established in 2002, our purpose is to build leadership at the grassroots level to eliminate labor trafficking, fight labor fraud and wage theft, and to demand fair labor standards to achieve economic and social justice.

 
 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Damayan´s highest policy-making body is the General Assembly (GA). Convened annually, it is composed of the dues-paying and voting members of the organization. It is responsible for approving the program for the coming year and elects the Board of Directors (BOD).

In between assemblies, the BOD leads the planning and implementation of the organization’s programs and campaigns. It consists of nine dedicated Filipina domestic worker leaders, and meets every other month.

In between BOD meetings, the Secretariat guides the day-to-day work of the organization along with the Damayan staff members. The Chair, Secretary and Treasurer constitute the Secretariat.

 
 

 
 
LINDA OALICAN
Founding Member and Executive Director
 
ERIC Orpina
Board Chairperson; Trafficking Survivor
 
JUDITH DALUZ
Deputy Chairperson; Trafficking Survivor
 
DOREEN CASAS
Secretary; Trafficking Survivor
NEAL STONE
Treasurer
 
Sally Agaton
Finance Committee Head; Trafficking Survivor
 
KARINA GARCIA
Board Member
 
 
 

STAFF

 
 

Damayan’s staff is composed of full-time and part-time organizers who are responsible for implementing the programs, campaigns and other operations of the organization on a day-to-day basis. They work closely with, report to, and are directly accountable to the Board of Directors (BOD) and the Secretariat. Some BOD members also serve as Damayan staff members.

 
 

 
 
LINDA OALICAN
Founder Member and Executive Director
linda@damayanmigrants.org
 
Riya Ortiz
Lead Organizer and Case Manager
Leads: Case Management, Workers Academy, Baklas: Break Free from Labor Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery, and Beyond Survival
riya@damayanmigrants.org
 
LYDIA CATINA AMAYA
Community Organizer
Leads: Case Management and Membership
lydia@damayanmigrants.org
Sade Swift
Organizer and Case Manager
Leads: Trafficking Victims Assistance Program (TVAP), Damayan Workers Cooperative, Workforce Development, and OSHA Trainings
sade@damayanmigrants.org
 
 
EMILY BREASE
Administrative and Communications Coordinator
Leads: Admin, Finance, Communications (Media Requests, Speaking Requests, and ECommunications), and Interns and Volunteers
emily@damayanmigrants.org