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#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

‘How do you expect us to step forward and report abuse?’ – Marissa, Coordinator of Voice of Domestic Workers

Interview by Rosanna Wiseman, Step Up Migrant Women In May 2018 the government suspended the policy which turned doctors into border police. After months of campaigning by various groups such as Doctors of the World and Voice of Domestic Workers, the NHS will no longer have to hand over data to the Home Office on… Continue reading ‘How do you expect us to step forward and report abuse?’ – Marissa, Coordinator of Voice of Domestic Workers

#16Voices (16 days of Activism)

[#16Voices: 16 days of activism 2017] Every year, from the 25th of November (International day to end violence against women and girls) to the 10th of December (International Human Rights Day), women's experiences  are amplified to voice agency, dignity and empowerment. These 16 days of activism, the Step Up Migrant Women UK campaign has released #16Voices… Continue reading #16Voices (16 days of Activism)

Sharing our voices through poetry

Migrant women survivors of gender violence write their stories through poetry. They share their experiences and pain through these powerful poems highlighting the hurdles migrant women must face when reporting violence. Unfortunately many migrant women are unable to report violence to the authorities and other state departments due to the hostile UK immigration laws that… Continue reading Sharing our voices through poetry

The Windrush Scandal: The Hostile Environment and Migrant Women

Written by Rosanna Wiseman, LAWRS As the storms around the Windrush scandal continue to rage, the women’s rights sector are questioning the implications of the ‘hostile environment’ on migrant women survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The Step Up Migrant Women UK campaign aims to challenge the treatment of migrant women in a political climate which… Continue reading The Windrush Scandal: The Hostile Environment and Migrant Women