Help us save vital domestic violence refuge services!

Did you know that 50% of Specialist Refuge Providers led by and for black and minority ethnic women (BME)have disappeared in the last 10 years?

While public funding for shelters is decreasing at an alarming rate, violence is not. Due to government cuts, many refuges are facing closure and this threatens lives. Women and children trying to break free from violent partners, child abusers and sex traffickers, have fewer and fewer spaces to go. The sector is in crisis.

Small, community organisations like ours are being hit the hardest. Our unique refuge which is the only one for Latin American women and their children in Europe, is not commissioned by any council, so we have to work twice as hard to keep it running.

 More and more women continue to arrive at our door; women we simply don’t have the resources to accommodate and we consistently find ourselves having to find other solutions to help her. We do this because we believe that the system is unjust and deeply flawed. At the moment on average only 1 out of 5 BME Women are able to access a refuge when they are trying to flee from the horrors of domestic violence. What happens to those other 4 women? Often they are left with only two options:  the streets or staying an abusive relationship, risking their lives and those of their children.

“If I hadn’t been for LAWA’s Refuge, I’m not sure I would still be here today” (Lucia from Bolivia)

If like us, you believe that we urgently need to ensure ALL survivors have a safe place to flee to, regardless of the colour of their skin, their migration status or their religion, please support our crowdfunding campaign to save our services and protect our safe spaces. Every little bit makes a difference and with your help we can make a lasting change, one life at a time.

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Congratulations Change Makers !

LAWA ends this year celebrating Latin American and BME migrant and refugee women in London. One of the projects we launched in 2017 was Change Maker Programme, which is an intersectional and intergenerational space where women had the opportunity to meet, learn, growth together and contribute to positive changes. As part of the graduation party we also held a Change Makers Exhibition showcasing portraits of the participants.

We would like to say a special thanks to the photographers #BettyZapata and Jahel Guerra taking the fantastic pictures and curating the exhibition, to  #LorenaGallego, our commuinty engagement volunteer for her logistical support and to the Latin American Choir and the Inca Improvisation group that made us dance all night. And of course a big thank you to each Change Maker for their engagement with the Programme!

If you want to be part of the next Change Makers generation, LAWA open the inscriptions in February.  Contact for more information


Love good music and a good cause?

Why not enjoy doing both this sunday ? We would like to invite you to join us to an uplifting concert of classical ‘PanAmericana’ in aid of LAWA.

We are deeply grateful and excited about this great initiative of Iberian & Latin American Music Society and Echoes Festival that showcases the music of the New World at the Barbican on 29th of October,  while challenging the rhetoric

of intolerance and supporting those tackling racism, hate and violence, with a programme inspired by the golden age of  20th-century Americanism.

So come and enjoy some amazing music and support women and children at our refuge to break the cycle of violence!

Listen to this mornings session of BBC women’s hour to find out more about what to expect at the concert and why ILAMS is supporting us: ILAMS and LAWA join BBC Women’s Hour

Find out here how to purchase tickets and more details here:

Concert Details: 29 October 2017, 7.00pm

Where: Barbican (Milton Court Concert Hall), Silk Street, London, EC2Y 9BH

TICKETS £32, £25, £18, £12 | 25% off Concessions & Group Bookings (limited availability)

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Calling all Film-makers !

Calling all creative film-makers who care about migrant women’s rights and want to support the only refuge for Latin American Women and children in the UK and Europe Fleeing violence.

This year LAWA is reaching a milestone anniversary of 30 years of saving and transforming lives.

To celebrate this great anniversary and the achievements over the years, we are hosting a glamour’s Gala on the 6th of October, at which we would love to show a short video introducing LAWA.

And this is where you come in: we are seeking film makers that would like to create this short 1-2min institutional video presenting LAWA and what we do.

Your creativity and pro-bono support can make a huge difference in helping us showing the world what makes LAWA so special, how we empower women to empower themselves and why we need the public’s support to continue to tackle gender violence and create brighter futures for migrant families.


If you are interested in getting involved , please contact:


Join us at our Gala to Celebrate our 30th Anniversary!

Latin American Women’s Aid will stage a Gala celebration of 30 years of continuous support to women and children who have experienced violence

On the 6th of October Latin American Women’s Aid (LAWA) celebrates 30 years saving lives and empowering women with a glamorous Gala in Central London.

Since the day of LAWA’s foundation in 1987, through 2 brave Latin American political refugees, till this day LAWA continues to provide the only refuge for the Latin American women and children in the UK and Europe. Through this LAWA’s offers a life line to vulnerable women and a nationally vital service to one of the most marginalised and fastest growing migrant communities in the country, with an estimated population of around 250,000 people.

Over the last 30 years, LAWA has worked tirelessly to save and transform the lives of thousands of Latin American, black and minority ethnic women and their children. Supporting migrant families fleeing violence means, not only tackling difficult issues such domestic violence, child abuse and sex trafficking, but also offering them holistic assistance. This includes practical and emotional support, guiding women through unfamiliar systems, helping them attain justice, offering counselling, interpreting for them, understanding each woman’s individual situation and bringing down barriers for them to access support. Most of all it means working together to help women empower themselves to achieve self-determination, full participation in society and create brighter futures for their families.

On the 6th of October, we invite you to join the celebration of this land marking anniversary and all those that have contributed to our achievements such as our funders, partners, service users and supporters. LAWA’s Gala programme will include a 3 course dinner, dance and Latin American performances featuring  Argentinean Tango with “María Tsiatsiani and Leandro Palou”, “Mariachis Las Adelitas”, “The Rumberos Academy” and “DJ-G”; Gloria from Exilio. . It will take place at 1901 Ballroom, Andaz Hotel, 40 Liverpool Street, London, UK, EC2M 7QN.

Please help us to spread the word about this amazing event which we hope will be the catalyst for another 30 successful years making a lasting difference to vulnerable families.

You can find more information and purchase tickets here on our website at:

We hope to see you there!

This event is supported by the Big lottery fund.