Latin American Women’s Rights Service

We are a user-led, feminist and human rights organisation focused on addressing the practical and strategic needs of Latin American migrant women displaced by poverty and violence. Latin Americans are one of the fastest growing ethnic minorities in the UK, but desipite this they remain invisible. Our service users experience significant disadvantage as migrants, as women, and as members of an invisible minority ethnic group in this country.

Founded in 1983, LAWRS’ mission is to “to provide Latin American migrant women with tools to assert our rights, and pursue personal empowerment and social change”. We directly support more than 5,000 women annually through culturally and linguistically specialist advice, information, counselling and psychotherapy, advocacy, development programmes, and workshops.


LAWRS launched a special edition of its Annual Report 2017-2018 in which it is reflected the 35 years of work defending the rights of Latin American women in the UK.

35 year ago, we started our work in a time where domestic violence was only physical abuse and we increased our services accordingly to the development of policies and legislation through the years. We are proud to follow the steps of amazing Latin American women who came before us and we hope to do our part for the ones to come.

As a specialist service, we will continue providing survival, security, safety, and well-being and also advocating and campaigning for human rights and social justice for migrant women and migrant women workers in the UK. During the last year 2017-2018, our main achievements were:

  • 1,890 hours of comprehensive wellbeing support offered
  • 1,691advice and information sessions
  • 339 survivors of violence supported to find safety
  • 285 school students better able to lead healthy relationships
  • 266 women joined in our integration programme
  • 515 women supported in Southwark
  • 124 women supported in Haringey
  • 93% improved their knowledge about rights
  • 85% improved their wellbeing
  • 40% of our drop-in service users accessed more than 1 service in a single visit
  • 70% found LAWRS through word of mouth
  • Evidenced-based campaigning work to tackle violence against women and girls, labour exploitation and reduce the impact of Brexit

Read more here: LAWRS 35th Anniversary Annual Report



Last year, our volunteers contributed with more than 900 hours of counselling, 2370 hours of case and administrative work, 715 hours of interpreting, and 1800 hours organising groups and integration activities.

THANK YOU for making such a difference! (more…)

The Step Up Migrant Women campaign produced a template response for organisations to include safe reporting in their responses to the Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill consultation.
You can download the template response here.
Step Up Migrant Women campaign launched on the 1st of November to demand a separation of immigration control and victims’ right to safety and protection.
Together, we reached almost half a million people in social media with messages in support of victims and survivors . (more…)

Migrant women facing violence have the right to seek help and support, regardless of their immigration status, but often are more afraid of facing deportation. All women have the right to live free from violence.

Step Up Migrant Women UK seeks to establish a firewall protecting victims’ rights. (more…)


In Brazil and the UK violence against women and girls is on the rise; recent research suggests that the majority of Brazilian migrant women have experienced gender-based violence.

Efêmera introduces us to two women with a story to tell.  (more…)


LAWRS Development and Outreach Coordinator Nahir de la Silva explains how LAWRS and the consortium Diverse Communities Health Voice found that Latin American women in Islington need better quality and gender-specific interpretation services to access healthcare.  (more…)


Se esta llevando a cabo una encuesta en línea que tiene como objetivo comprender mejor las experiencias de agresión, abuso, coerción, el control y la explotación sufridas por mujeres lationoamericanas en el hogar, en el trabajo y (more…)