DV bill risks failing migrant women

Government’s draft Domestic Abuse Bill falls short on protecting victims from perpetrators using immigration status as a ‘weapon to abuse’ ‘The Bill barely tinkers at the edges of what is necessary to ensure migrant women are treated fairly’ – Kate Allen Responding to the first draft of the UK Government’s Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill… Continue reading DV bill risks failing migrant women

NPCC’s policy: we still need an end to data-sharing practices to protect migrant victims

Today,  the National Police Chief Council (NPCC) announced a new policy which highlights the importance of safe reporting for migrant victims of crime.  Step Up Migrant Women campaign welcomes these initial steps from the NPCC, but continues to advocate to end all data-sharing practices between crucial victim support services and the Home Office altogether.  As highlighted in The Guardian article, The policy… Continue reading NPCC’s policy: we still need an end to data-sharing practices to protect migrant victims

One year on #StepUpMigrantWomen, press release.

Latin American Women's Rights Service (LAWRS) Step Up Migrant Women London, 01 November - The Step Up Migrant Women coalition is proud to celebrate the first anniversary of the #StepUpMigrantWomen (SUMW) campaign this 1st of November. The campaign is led by the Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS) and supported by over 34 organisations from… Continue reading One year on #StepUpMigrantWomen, press release.

Domestic violence and abuse Bill risks failing migrant women

The Step Up Migrant Women Coalition welcomes a Home Affairs Select Committee report on the upcoming Domestic Abuse Bill, but warn its recommendations don’t go far enough if migrant women are to be protected The UK Government risks failing migrant women if it neglects to put their experiences at the centre of domestic violence law reforms,… Continue reading Domestic violence and abuse Bill risks failing migrant women

#AntiSlaveryDay and safe reporting: The case of the Latin-American community

Written by: Nahir de la Silva: Policy and Communications Coordinator – Employment Rights at the Latin American Women Rights Service Introduction Today in #AntiSlaveryDay, it is crucial that migrant women who experience extreme labour exploitation in outsourcing sectors like cleaning, catering and hospitality are recognised as victims regardless of the immigration status they hold. Establishing a… Continue reading #AntiSlaveryDay and safe reporting: The case of the Latin-American community

Sadiq Khan writes to Home Secretary: “it is unacceptable that women are fearful to report because of immigration status”

After policy meetings led by Step Up Migrant Women coalition members, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has sent a letter to Sajid Javid, Home Secretary to address safe reporting in police stations to all victims of abuse.   Andrea, an Ecuadorian national and a survivor supported by LAWRS, spoke with The Independent on her… Continue reading Sadiq Khan writes to Home Secretary: “it is unacceptable that women are fearful to report because of immigration status”

“Why young women like me step up as and for migrant women”- Amira Bhatt

Written by Amira Bhatt, 17 years old On the 12th of August, International Youth Day, I joined the Step Up Migrant Women campaign to put an end to hostile environment practices that infringe our right to safety. The ‘hostile environment’ policy makes young migrants, especially young migrant women, some of the most vulnerable people in… Continue reading “Why young women like me step up as and for migrant women”- Amira Bhatt