Every year, tens of thousands of internationally recruited au pairs come to the United States with the promise of a cultural exchange under the J-1 visa program. Instead, many encounter wage theft, discrimination and exploitation.

Shortchanged: The Big Business Behind the Low Wage J-1 Au Pair Program debunks the myth that the poorly regulated au pair program is a cultural exchange. The report analyzes existing data on the au pair program, and includes findings from in-depth interviews with current and former au pairs.

“Shortchanged” was authored by the International Labor Recruitment Working Group (ILRWG), Centro de los Derechos del Migrante (CDM), the International Human Rights Law Clinic at the American University Washington College of Law, and the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA).

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