Sobel Case Study
CLAUK (Coalition of Latin Americans in the UK)
CLAUK is a Coalition of 9 organisations working together to campaign, raise awareness and disseminate information concerning the challenges faced by the Latin American community.
Currently the coalition is made up of 9 organisations, 8 of which are London based:
- The Latin American School of Artistic and Cultural Education (ESFORAL) – Islington
- Indoamerican Refugee and Migrant Organisation (IRMO)- Lambeth
- Latin American House (LAH) – Camden
- Latin American Women’s Aid (LAWA) – Islington
- Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS)- Islington
- Teléfono de la Esperanza- Southwark
- Naz Latina- Hammersmith & Fulham
- Casa Ecuatoriana –SENAMI – Camden
- Latin American Support Group (Manchester)
CLAUK Website www.clauk.org.uk
The Coalition was founded in 2012 following the “No Longer Invisible” report carried out by Queen Mary University to further the recommendations of this research.
Trust for London Website www.trustforlondon.org.uk/publications/no-longer-invisible-latin-american-community-london/
One of the biggest challenges faced by the community is the recognition of employment rights and access to employment advice.
Latin Americans in London work in poor and unfair conditions on the national minimum wage or London living wage, both well below the London average. Given the large number of Latin Americans experiencing employment rights infringements, access to advice is seen as a priority. Out of the 8 organisations only 2 of us offer free employment advice but this is limited to general information with no casework.
AdviceUK was able to support CLAUK to explore alternative access to employment advice by encouraging partnership work with the legal pro bono charity LawWorks. LawWorks aims to provide free legal help to individuals and community groups by brokering relationships with voluntary organisations and lawyers.
As a result of AdviceUK’s support CLAUK member organisations have been invited to trial the LawWorks Free legal online advice, the Clinics Network and individual casework support for complicated Employment legal matters. This has provided members of the Latin American community with much needed direct access to employment rights advice that previously was not available. The possibility of setting up legal advice clinic/s targeting Latin American community groups was also discussed as an alternative option and this route is the next step that is being actively explored.