Caribbean Forum for Liberation and Acceptance of Genders and Sexualities (CariFLAGS) is a regional nonprofit based in Trinidad and Tobago made up of leading LGBTI NGOs across the Caribbean. CariFLAGS staff and leadership are based across the region - in St. Lucia, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, the Dominican Republic, Belize, Grenada, Guyana and Suriname.
Over 17 years, CariFLAGS has been a place for LGBTI persons to invest our shared ambitions and efforts for policy and cultural change on sexual and gender diversity in the Caribbean. We work to build a region-wide LGBTI movement in the Caribbean by strengthening local leadership and organizations, developing shared strategies for social change, coordinating challenges on LGBT rights issues in the courts, addressing underserved needs and groups, and supporting safe environments at the community level. Our goal is for Caribbean LGBTI people to enjoy safety and support, receive critical services, and build healthy and empowered communities.
We also aim to support Caribbean LGBTI people to influence policy and legislation by utilizing judicial and human rights institutions, and deepening their political participation in partnership with allies. By ensuring access to justice, citizenship, and social inclusion, CariFLAGS is working to build fully inclusive and democratic Caribbean nations where all LGBTI persons are free to enjoy their rights.
- Wholeness & Justice is a domestic and regional program that integrates professional, clinical, and legal interventions with volunteerism to provide holistic support and empowerment for LGBTI persons. It provides restorative responses to violations that LGBTI people suffer; fosters psycho-emotional healing through individual, group, couple and family counseling; and provides a helpline and crisis intervention that turn victims into survivors, and justice seekers into victors. Through training, the program builds the competency of community volunteers and non-LGBTI allies to support LGBTI persons. It increases community members' ability to take care of each other, engage in social activism, and use democratic and judicial institutions for protection and redress. It documents the violations LGBT persons experience, provides legal representation, and identifies the everyday issues that require new solutions in policy and law. It also operates as a coordinating mechanism to pool thinking and resources, develop strategies and identify the best cases to pursue in court to advance LGBTI rights.