Adriana Tomé painfully recalls the most difficult time of her life as a domestic worker without papers in New York. Twenty years ago, Tomé decided to leave her native Honduras to come to the United States in search of better opportunities.
Her first job was as a domestic worker for a family in New York. She said the family abused her, even to the point of hitting her.
Tired of the humiliation after three months, Tomé decided to leave. But it wasn't that easy.
"She told me, 'You're not leaving,' and she began to hit me and told me I was stupid because no one ever said no to her, much less someone without papers. I told her to pay me for the months I worked, but she refused and locked me up in the basement," said Tomé, a mother of three.
Tomé eventually escaped, but her efforts to get her full pay resulted in only a portion of the money.
Tomé was among several hundred immigrants who rallied in Sacramento on Monday to draw attention to their situation during National Immigrant Day.