The CareForce

CareForce One Travelogues with members from Miami Worker Center.jpg
CareForce One at a rally on steps of City Hall Los Angeles.jpg


The CareForce


Marisa Morán Jahn

An artist, filmmaker, and creative technologist of Ecuadorian and Chinese descent, Marisa Morán Jahn’s artworks redistribute power, “exemplifying the possibilities of art as social practice” (ArtForum). Characterizing her playful approach, MIT CAST writes, ‘[Jahn] introduces a trickster-like humor into public spaces and discourses, and yet it is a humor edged with political potency.” She is the founder of Studio REV-, a non-profit organization that codesigns public art and creative media co-designed with low-wage workers, immigrants, and women. Key projects include Bibliobandido (a masked, story-eating bandit who terrorizes little kids until they offer him stories they’ve written), Video Slink Uganda (experimental films slipped or “slinked” into Uganda’s bootleg cinemas), Contratados (a Yelp! for migrant workers), and a set of projects that amplify the voices of America’s fastest growing workforce, caregivers: two mobile studios (NannyVan, CareForce One), a Tribeca Film Institute-supported app for domestic workers that CNN named as “one of 5 apps to change the world,” and CareForce One Travelogues a film series for PBS/ITVS co-produced with Oscar and Emmy-winning filmmaker Yael Melamede. Jahn’s work has been featured at venues ranging from worker centers to The White House to museums and festivals (Museum of Modern Art, Walker Art Center, Tribeca Film Festival, Asian Art Museum, New Museum, Art Brussels). Her work has been widely covered by The New York Times, Art Forum, Art in America, BBC, CNN, Univision, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Hyperallergic, and hundreds more. Jahn is an awardee of Creative Capital, Sundance, Anonymous Was a Woman, and Sundance. Jahn regularly teaches at Columbia University, MIT (her alma mater), The New School where she is an Assistant Professor, and lectures internationally.

National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA)

The NDWA is dedicated to transforming the domestic work sector through five main strategies:

  1. Organize domestic workers and develop leaders
  2. Develop State, federal and local policy solutions
  3. Changing the story to shift key narratives and cultural norms
  4. Employ technology to solve for equity and dignity and innovate new solutions
  5. Mobilize women of color voters


This project traveled to many locations, from worker centers to public libraries to roadside stops for outreach. Below is a list of some of these locations -

Pilipino Worker Center
153 Glendale Blvd 1st Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Domestic Workers United
New York City

Arise Chicago
1700 W. HUBBARD, 2E, CHICAGO, IL 60622

Latino Union Chicago
4811 N Central Park, Chicago, IL 60625

Dominican Development Center
42 Seaverns Avenue, Boston, MA 02130, United States

Matahari Womens Worker Center
996 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02120

Casa de Maryland
2706 Pulaski Highway, Baltimore, MD 21224

Damayan Migrant Worker Association
406 West 40th Street, 3rd Floor New York, NY 10018

Workers Justice Project
Brooklyn, NY

Fé y Justicia
1209 James St, Houston, TX 77009, USA

Adhikaar for Human Rights
71-07 Woodside Avenue, 1st Fl Woodside, NY 11377

Mujeres Unidas y Activas
3543 18th St # 23, San Francisco, CA 94110

La Colectiva de Mujeres
Dolores Street Community Services
938 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

San Francisco Day Labor Program
3358 Cesar Chavez, San Francisco, CA 94110

Miami Worker Center
745 NW 54th St., Miami, FL 33137

We Dream in Black Houston
We Dream in Black Miami
We Dream in Black North Carolina
We Dream in Black New York

Puente Human Rights
P.O. Box 21837, Phoenix, AZ 85036

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)
2533 West 3rd Street, Suite 101, Los Angeles, California 90057

IDEPSCA (Instituto de Educacion Popular del Sur de California)
1565 W. 14th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Brazilian Worker Center (Boston)
14 Harvard Avenue, 2nd Floor, Allston, MA 02134

Brazilian Worker Center (Bridgeport, CT)

Pérez Art Museum Miami
1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132

Museum of Modern Art
West 53rd Street, New York, NY

Columbia College Chicago
600 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

Oakland Museum of California
Oak Street, Oakland, CA

Queens Museum
Building, Meridian Rd, Queens, NY 11368

Tribeca Film Festival
32 6th Ave 27 fl, New York, NY 10013

DePaul Art Museum
West Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, IL


This project (audionovela apps, artwork) started in 2010 — and is ongoing; the mobile studios (CareForce One and NannyVan) were operative from 2013-2018.


Photographers: Marisa Morán Jahn, Marc Shavitz


Initiated by artist Marisa Morán Jahn with the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), the CareForce is an ongoing project amplifying the voices of America’s fastest growing workforce — caregivers. The CareForce consists of two mobile studios (NannyVan, CareForce One), an app for domestic workers that CNN named as “one of 5 apps to change the world,” choreographed dances, printed works, and CareForce One Travelogues.


Domestic Workers Movement


Is Referenced By

Carehaus: Designing for Care, Building Community, essay by Marisa Morán Jahn and Rafi Segal

The Age of Dignity, a marvelous and easy to read book by Ai-Jen Poo

Out of the Shadows, Into the Streets! Transmedia Organizing and the Immigrant Rights Movement by Sasha Constanza-Chock with Foreword by Manuel Castells. MIT Press (Free download)

National Domestic Workers Alliance

Caring Across Generations




Creators: Marisa Morán Jahn and National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA); Photographers: Photographers: Marisa Morán Jahn, Marc Shavitz