Join us in protecting migrant women from abuse and domestic violence

We campaign for the implementation of safe-reporting mechanisms and the end of data-sharing policies when victims approach the police.


Insecure legal status is often a tool of control used by perpetrators to abuse their partners and threat them with deportation. This situation put migrant women in a vulnerable position: they fear the abuser and also fear asking for help.

The current lack of safe-reporting mechanisms creates a barrier for migrant women to flee violence and gives greater impunity to perpetrators. Studies showed that 92% of women with insecure status have received threats of deportation from perpetrators (Imkaan 2012).

#StepUpMigrantWomen calls for safe reporting mechanisms to separate reporting of crime and access to support services from immigration control.

ALL women have the right to a life free from violence, regardless of immigration status.

#StepUpMigrantWomen is a campaign led by the Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS) and supported by more than 30 organisations standing together for migrant women’s rights

Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS) is a user-led, feminist and human rights organisation focused on addressing the needs of Latin American migrant women displaced by poverty and violence. Founded in 1983, LAWRS’ aims to “to provide Latin American migrant women with tools to assert their rights, and pursue personal empowerment and social change”.

LAWRS support more than 5,000 women every year through culturally and linguistically specialist advice, information, counselling and psychotherapy, advocacy, development programmes, and workshops.

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Funded and Supported by:

Lloyds Foundation EW colour