Recognition of Latin Americans

We campaign for full recognition of the Latin American community as an ethnic group in the UK. This campaign aims to improve the visibility of Latin Americans in order to improve the community’s access to services and political participation. We call on central government and local authorities to:

  • Introduce the category ‘Latin American’ in ethnic monitoring.
  • Include Latin Americans in strategic planning and delivery of services.
  • Work closer with the community and the organisations providing linguistic and culturally specific projects that reach Latin Americans.

2014: Latin Americans are recognised by Islington and Hackney Councils.

2013: Lambeth Council officially recognised Latin Americans.

2013: we set up a coalition of Latin Americans organisations from the voluntary sector in the UK (CLAUK), founded by 7 members and hosted by LAWRS. Through CLAUK, which is currently made of 14 Latin American organisations, we carry out advocacy and campaigning work in order to achieve recognition at the local and national level, and to improve the community’s access to labour rights and health services.

2012: following an intense campaign led by LAWRS and other local community groups, which involved a deputation to the full council assembly, Southwark Council takes the pionnering step of officially recognising Latin Americans as an ethnic group.

2011: LAWRS and Trust for London co-commissioned the publication of the No Longer Invisible report, the most comprehensive research on London’s Latin American community.