Over the past two weeks there’s been a whirlwind of conversation and consternation in the Au Pairing community, over a situation with an Au Pair at Au Pair Care who’s been diagnosed with cancer.
I can’t even begin to recap the steps and the facts, but they include that she was accepted into an experimental treatment program in her host family’s area, her host family wanted to keep her for her remaining contract months while she got treated, her agency decided it would cancel her visa and “send her back home”, but her Host Parents started a Change.org petition to keep her and campaigned to have the Agency reverse its decision. And more.
I’m not sure how it’s settled out, or even if it’s settled.
I reached out to a few folks I know at other agencies, hoping to get some more perspective on what the Agency was concerned about, what the rules were, etc. but it seems this is too difficult and confusing an issue for anyone else to take a stand on what was right or wrong.
Meanwhile, the Au Pairs on Facebook were whipping each other into a frenzy, and the anti-immigration trolls took over the comments in the Washington Post’s article about the situation.
I don’t want to rehash the details here, necessarily, but I do want to invite the AuPairMom community to have a conversation about the situation if you’d like to.
So, here’s a kindof open thread–
Please keep it focused on the general situation of
When an Au Pair gets gravely ill —
What can and should we do in these situations?
What should we care about?
What should we advocate for?
What can we learn from these situations?
See also: Washington Post: ‘If I go back to Colombia, I’m going to die’: An au pair battling cancer fights to stay in the U.S.