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Domestic Workers Fight For Labor Rights Amid Cascade of Disasters

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Coffey Park was one of the neighborhoods hardest hit by 2017's Tubbs Fire. Climate change is intensifying California's wildfires, and in many cases, low-wage immigrant workers are cleaning up after them.

Climate change is intensifying California’s wildfires, and in many cases, low-wage immigrant workers like Socorro are cleaning up after them. Now, they’re fighting for new legislation that could protect them through climate disasters and a growing pandemic.

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This story is part of a series about the emotional toll of climate change. Click here to listen to full episodes.

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Teresa Cotsirilos is a reporter at KALW, where she covers labor rights and public health in the Bay Area’s immigrant communities. A recipient of the IWMF Adelante Fellowship and the Center for Health Journalism's National Fellowship, she is currently investigating California wildfire cleanups and their impact on immigrant workers’ health and safety.