What We’re Doing

Recent Projects


Bill of Rights for Domestic Workers

The Dominican Development Center (DDC) works to improve the quality of life of immigrant communities residing in the Boston Area. We provide immigration referrals, a citizenship class, and advocate for immigrant workers' rights.

Anti Domestic Violence 

The Dominican Development Center recently headed out to help some women whose husbands resorted to domestic violence.

Providing education and all kind of resources to our loved immigrant community.

Home Care Program.

We provide opportunities for economic empower.


ESL and Citizenship Programs

Our volunteers drove an initiative to teach a number of classes to community leaders in Massachusetts about the importance of building leadership in the community to combat racism and xenophobia.

Organization Profile

Dominican Development Center- DDC
Founded: 2007
Founder: Magalis Troncoso Lama

Grass Root Programs

  • Home Care Program
  • Child Care Program
  • International Women’s in Solidarity Conference
  • Domestic Violence Initiative
  • Literacy Initiative
  • Immigration clinic

Our values are rooted in the following principles:

  • Integrity
  • Honesty
  • Tolerance
  • Indigenous Leadership
  • Passion
  • Racial Justice
  • Commitment
  • Diversity
  • Engagement
  • Anti-racism


Magalis Troncoso Lama - Founder and Director of DDC

Functions as the executive and lead organizer, a long-time and experienced community organizer, one of the founder members of the Domestic Bill of Rights in Massachusetts. She has a background in journalism from her country Dominican Republic and graduated in the year 2007 with a master’s degree in Business Administration from Phoenix University. She also has a bachelor’s in Human Services and Organizing from UMASS. Magalis is a recognized leader in the environmental organizational non-grassroot area with over 20 years of experience working for different nonprofit organizations and running Spanish communication programs. She is a board member of the Greater Boston Legal Services, board members of Boston Women’s Fund, and recently named as part of the board of the National Domestic Workers Alliance; also, she is one of the founders of the American Alliance, an immigrant national organization dedicated to immigration issues at a national and transnational level.


Lucy Cornier

Functions as worker organizer for two initiatives: leadership development and workforce development. Lucy is a domestic worker, a disabled and experienced leader who emerged from the Tenant Leadership Program run by Magalis a few years ago. She is a dedicated woman who exercises her disability rights confronting the system and advocating for women’s rights.

Dorka Gutierrez

Is a long-time nurse from the Dominican Republic who is helping workers to become professionals as home care workers? She is seating on the Board of The National Domestic Workers Alliance and work as a home care assistance for several Home Care Agencies



We have a core of 10 volunteer members committed to supporting us to carry over the DDC mission and programs. We provide benefits to our volunteers with stipends, free training, free wavers for conference attendance at a local and national level, and space for leadership development

Board of Directors:

Advisory Members:

  • Edward Martinez

  • Bertha

  • Daliza Nova

  • Lorena Lama

  • Erika Nunez

  • Lucy Cornier

  • Niurka Nova

  • Fatima Valette