Step Up Migrant Women
Join us in protecting migrant women from abuse and domestic violence.

Sign our open letter to support Step Up Migrant Women and join human rights organisations standing together for migrant women’s right to access support and protection when fleeing violence.

Migrant or refugee status should not be an obstacle to protect women and girls against domestic violence. This is stated by the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (The Istanbul Convention) which was signed by the UK in 2012.

However, the UK current ‘hostile environment’ policy represents a threat for migrant women with insecure legal status victims of crime. When migrant women are victims of abuse and domestic violence and seek help from public authorities, their details are often shared with the Home Office for immigration enforcement purposes.

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

The lack of safe-reporting mechanisms creates a barrier for migrant women seeking support to flee violence and exploitation, putting their lives at risk and giving greater impunity to perpetrators.

Step Up Migrant Women UK aims to:
- Secure safe reporting mechanisms and work towards the establishment of a firewall at the levels of policy and practice to separate reporting of crime and access to support services from immigration control.
- Bring together diverse voices from BME women and migrant organisations: to challenge the barriers faced by migrant women with insecure status as victims/survivors of violence or exploitation.
- Increase participation and empowerment of migrant women through involvement in research, consultation and advocacy and campaign activities.

Step Up Migrant Women 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.

LAWRS is a user-led, feminist and human rights organisation focused on addressing the needs of Latin American women living in the UK displaced by poverty and violence. Founded in 1983, LAWRS supports 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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To become a supporting organisation, please contact LAWRS Policy Coordinator Illary Valenzuela at
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