About us

Over 4,000 women use LAWRS’ services every year.

The Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS) is a human rights, feminist organisation which supports the immediate and long term needs of Latin American women migrants in the UK. Over 4,000 women use our services every year to benefit from practical and emotional support, to learn new skills and to improve their own opportunities.

30th anniversary

In 2013, LAWRS celebrated 30 years of working with and for Latin American women in the UK. During these years we have been committed to fighting for the rights of these women so they can achieve personal change and live free from violence, abuse and poverty. We celebrated our birthday at City Hall with 200 friends, music, dance, and good food! Take a look at our video:

LAWRS’ mission

Our mission is to reach out and provide tools for growth to empower Latin American women in the UK to pursue personal and social change, so that women assert their rights to be free from all forms of discrimination and violence, lead empowered and fulfilled lives, enjoy their human rights to the full and become central actors to achieving social change.

We do this through specialist advice, advocacy, information and counselling services in a personalised, confidential and impartial manner. All our services are free and in Spanish and Portuguese and in women-only settings.

LAWRS’ work is done within a Human Rights Based approach

LAWRS is aware that many meaningful changes for vulnerable groups take place as a result of policy and advocacy work by voluntary organisations. We are actively advocating for women’s rights, migrant’s rights and the rights of ethnic minorities at local, national and EU levels. We also believe that some women like most of our clients, are affected by intersectional layers of discrimination as women, ethnic minorities and migrants refugees or asylum seekers.We work with organisations within our community and with networks that advance women’s, migrant’s and refugee and asylum seeker’s rights. All our policy, advocacy and campaigning work is donewithin a Human Rights Based Approach and following the principles of a feminist organisation.

In 2014, as a result of our track record and achievements, members our community voted LAWRS as the Air Europe/LUKAS Human Rights Organisation of the Year (http://www.thelukas.co.uk/2014-winners).

Our history

The Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS) is a human rights organisation run for women and by women.

Since 1983, LAWRS supports Latin American women in the UK to achieve personal change and live their lives free from abuse, through specialist advice, information and tools to enable them to adapt and grow.

LAWRS was founded by a group of Latin American women who saw a huge gap in the services that existed for the women migrating to the UK from Latin America. Their needs were not met by mainstream organisations and our founders recognised that as women, as well as migrants, their experiences were specific and different.

An advice, information and advocacy service was established to inform women of their rights and enable them to access services, in a culturally, linguistically and gender specific setting.

Since then, LAWRS has grown and expanded its services to provide a holistic approach to supporting and helping women to ‘grow’ – but at its core remains the essence of our founding members’ vision. All our policy, advocacy and campaigning work around women and migrant’s rights is done within a Human Rights Based Approach and following the principles of a feminist organisation.

In 2013 LAWRS proudly celebrated its 30th Year anniversary at a vibrant event attended by around 200 people at City Hall.