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.

 

  HOUSING, MONEY AND DEBT COORDINATOR
Full time
35 HOURS A WEEK
Salary: £27,925 per year

We are seeking a Housing, Money and Debt Coordinator to provide free, confidential, one-to-one information advice, casework and advocacy for Latin American women in the areas of housing, welfare rights and money & debt. The job also involves organising and running group workshops and producing information to increase service users’ ability to understand and autonomously address these issues and to assert their rights.

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DIRECTOR
Full time
35 hours per week
Salary negotiable according to skills and experience

The Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS) is recruiting for a Director which is a key position for our successful and rapidly growing organisation. The ideal candidate will have: exceptional leadership skills to steer our strong creative team; highly developed staff management, financial, organisational and fund-raising skills; a track record in developing and implementing strategy; thorough understanding of the needs of Latin American and migrant women in the UK and strong communications, influencing and negotiating skills. Fluency in Spanish and English or Portuguese and English is essential.

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Children and young people are left feeling anxious and insecure, women and girls are victims of racism and sexism at work, school and on public transport, an even more negative rhetoric on immigration, disbelief, uncertainty and disappointment. (more…)

 

Migration and asylum are heavily politicised issues. By tracking just media coverage, the Brexit debate focused on migration 18% of the time. That number increases significantly when narrowing the focus to specific news outlets. (more…)

 

Following the Brexit vote, it is crucial to ensure that women’s rights are not diluted, and that we have an inclusive society where all women are treated with dignity and respect, particularly those who experience multiple disadvantage. (more…)

 

There is endemic exploitation of low paid migrant women workers in some sectors of the economy.

Maria works in hospitality and is supposedly “paid the national minimum wage per hour”. In reality, she is paid according to the number of rooms she cleans. Reaching her target number of rooms per hour is virtually impossible for the average human being.

The result is that Maria gets paid well below the national minimum wage. Our experience at the Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS) tells us that many migrant women face a similar violation of their rights.

 

How do you perceive the legal system in the UK after my detention? And, do you believe there is access to justice?

Carolina Gottardo*

This was the question that Julio, a Latin American member of the Freed Voices group, asked some of his friends following his immigration detention (more…)

 

LAWRS is delighted to announce the launch of the latest research on the Latin American community in London. Drawing on the influential No Longer Invisible report that has become the most important source of information on the population. Towards Visibility provides both an update as well as new survey data. The Towards Visibility research outlines new population estimates as well as analysis of the 2011 census about Latin Americans in London (and the UK more widely). It also presents the results from a survey with 400 Latin Americans who have migrated from other European countries – Onward Latin Americans (OLAs) – who currently form the main flows into the UK. (more…)

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