As counsel for two women who worked as domestics in the homes of foreign diplomats in Washington, I read with bemused chagrin the June 10 letter from Ecuador's representative to the Organization of American States, Marcelo Hervas, denouncing reports of abuse of domestic workers by diplomats.
* Mr. Hervas did not mention that two domestic workers in his service recently fled his home with the assistance of CASA of Maryland.
* Despite an unannounced, abortive visit to CASA by Mr. Hervas's son after the defection of his father's domestics, no representative of Mr. Hervas or his mission has sufficiently tried to assess or facilitate the fair adjudication of the claims of the Ecuadoran domestics.
* Diplomatic domestics invariably have labor contracts. The issue, which Mr. Hervas does not address, is whether the contracts are fulfilled.
* Mr. Hervas said that the employees of Educadoran diplomats were "treated like family." What member of a wealthy family sleeps on a smelly mattress salvaged from a house that burned or in a pass-through room? Or goes without medical insurance or works 70 to 80 hours a week?
* Mr. Hervas said diplomatic personnel in his mission are "respected, honest and responsible," and "should not be unfairly accused." Why does he not apply these presumptions to their employees?
Some domestic workers employed by immunized diplomats are as close to slaves as it is possible to be in this country. This outrage should not be overlooked.
VICTOR M. GLASBERG