About

CLAUK is a coalition of Latin American organisations from the voluntary sector that have come together to raise awareness and understanding of the issues facing the Latin American community in the UK and to provide a collective voice for, and represent the collective interests of the Latin American community in the UK.

We are open to the inclusion of new member organisations from the voluntary sector that share CLAUK’s objectives and Latin American identity. Membership is free. If you would like to learn more about our work, please contact us!

 

Our objectives:

  • To work together to pursue the implementation of the recommendations contained in No Longer Invisible.
  • To raise awareness and understanding of the issues facing the Latin American community in the UK.
  • To network, share information and resources and ensure co-ordinated approaches towards appropriately responding to the needs of the Latin American community in the UK.
  • To jointly identify pressing and emerging needs of the Latin American community in the UK and develop strategies to ensure these needs are addressed.
  • To advocate, campaign and lobby policy and decision makers and service providers to ensure appropriate responses to the issues facing Latin Americans in the UK.
  • To act as a resource, source of information and mechanism for mutual support between organisations from the Latin American community in the UK
  • To work together to empower the Latin American community in the UK to recognise the need to engage as active citizens and act collectively on issues of social justice.
  • To coordinate activities of mutual benefit to members of the Coalition and the Latin American community.
  • To work towards achieving recognition for the Latin American community as an ethnic category in its own right and in ensuring that this recognition is reflected in inclusion, voice and appropriate provision.
  • To work towards ensuring that the Coalition is representative of all sections of and the diversity that exists within the Latin American community.
  • To explore how funding can help and support and enhance initiatives where Coalition members are jointly involved.
  • To provide a broad based consultative partnership to facilitate better communication, consultation and liaison between Latin American organisations.

Current Members

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Our history

The No Longer Invisible report, which was published in 2011, provided the first reliable estimate of the Latin American population in London and the UK based on official statistics. Drawing on date collected through the first large-scale survey on Latin Americans, the report also identifies some of the main issues faced by this fast-growing group and provides a series of recommendations to tackle those issues.

Following its publication, LAWRS made an open invitation to representatives from Latin American organisations and campaigns to work jointly in pursuing the recommendations presented by the report.

In July 2011, the group met for the first time in SENAMI, the former National Secretariat for Migrants from the Ecuadorian Government, which has been an observer member of CLAUK until its dissolution. After various meetings, during which objectives and priorities were set, the group formally became a coalition with its own terms of reference.

Since November 2012, our work is funded by Trust for London.

Our priorities

RECOGNITION

We campaign for the official recognition of Latin Americans as an ethnic minority in London and the UK. We also work for the inclusion of the category “Latin American” in ethnic monitoring and Census gathering.

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HEALTH

Latin Americans lack of access to health services is worrisome: 1 in 5 are not registered with a GP, and only 4 out of 10 have been to a dentist in the UK. We work to improve Latin Americans’ access to health.

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LABOUR RIGHTS

The lack of regulations of the cleaning and catering sectors mean that many Latin Americans experience extremely poor working conditions. We campaign to improve Latin Americans’ access to labour rights.

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*No Longer Invisible was published by Queen Mary University and commissioned by Trust for London and the Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS).

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