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CAISO: Trinidad & Tobago's Coalition Advocating for Inclusion of Sexual Orientation - Astraea Lesbian Foundation For Justice

CAISO: Trinidad & Tobago’s Coalition Advocating for Inclusion of Sexual Orientation

Coalition Advocating for Inclusion of Sexual Orientation (CAISO) is a coalition of individuals and groups connected to LGBT communities in Trinidad and Tobago.

Coalition Advocating for Inclusion of Sexual Orientation (CAISO) is a coalition of individuals and groups connected to LGBT communities in Trinidad and Tobago. CAISO’s aims are to foster a forward-thinking, visionary and humane approach to sexual orientation and gender identity; secure full inclusion in all aspects of national life, social policy and citizenship; develop capacity, leadership and self-pride in communities; and mobilize an advocacy movement for social justice. CAISO has participated in Trinidad and Tobago’s constitutional reform process, advocating for human rights protections. The organization provides legal and psychological accompaniment to LGBT members who experience human rights violations, and engages in ‘everyday lawyering’ with the long-term goal of building up documentation for a decriminalization case. They also use popular education and a ‘wholeness and justice’ approach to engage LGBT community members in healing past trauma, building resilience and taking collective action.

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