Caribbean Equality Project

Advocating for Caribbean LGBTQ voices in NYC

S Ozone Park, NY   |  https://www.CaribbeanEqualityProject.org

Mission

The Caribbean Equality Project (CEP) is an NYC-based 501(c)3 community organization that empowers, advocates for, and represents Black and Brown, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender non-conforming, and queer Caribbean immigrants in New York City. Through public education, community organizing, civic engagement, storytelling, and cultural and social programming, the organization's work focuses on advocacy for LGBTQ+ and immigrant rights, gender equity, racial justice, immigration and mental health services, and ending hate violence in the Caribbean diaspora. To date, CEP is the only educational-based agency serving the Caribbean-American LGBTQ+ community in New York City.

Ruling year info

2017

Founder and President

Mr Mohamed Q Amin

Programs Director

Darren Glenn

Main address

PO BOX 200248

S Ozone Park, NY 11420 USA

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EIN

47-2806715

NTEE code info

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

Film, Video (A31)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

As a Black and Brown immigrant-led social justice and human rights organization, inclusivity and intersectionality are the foundation of the Caribbean Equality Project's work. The organization's liberation movement educates, inspires, uplifts, and celebrates Afro and Indo-Caribbean, queer and trans non-religious, Muslim, Hindu and Christian, documented and undocumented members of the Caribbean diaspora of all generations, all categories of ability, and all HIV statuses. Caribbean Equality Project was founded in 2015 by Mohamed Q. Amin in response to anti-LGBTQ+ hate in Richmond Hill, Queens, NY. Since the organization's official launch on June 26, 2015, the same day the US Supreme Court legalized marriage equality in all fifty states in the case Obergefell v. Hodges, CEP has made significant strides toward advancing and uplifting Caribbean LGBTQ+ immigrant voices in NYC.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Unchained - Caribbean LGBTQ Support Group

The Caribbean Equality Project (CEP) offers an FREE culture-specific monthly support group, providing a safe space to highlight the unique experience of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) people of Caribbean descent and their allies. The purpose of "UNCHAINED” is to create a multi-generational dialogue with topics aimed at educating to end stigma, build healthier relationships, celebrate diversity, and promote empowerment and acceptance. This safe space also provides an opportunity to build trustworthy, supportive and authentic relationships with those we love.

We hope to create a greater awareness of not only individual differences but shared experiences. This is accomplished through an exploration of the LGBTQ experience while highlighting the unique needs of Caribbean individuals. Please join us and take advantage of this distinctive opportunity to have honest and meaningful conversations. Members gain support and guidance through discussion on various topics such as coming out, family, homophobia, social norms, relationships and dating, sexual fluidity, and health/wellness.

The support group is facilitated by Julius Owens, a Licensed Psychotherapist from New York; a graduate of Fordham University with 5 years of experience working in communities of color, specifically with Caribbean youth and adults in the boroughs of the Bronx and Queens.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Immigrants and migrants

My TRUTH, My STORY, is the Caribbean Equality Project's documentary storytelling campaign series, which shares compellingly authentic unspoken stories of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) people of Caribbean heritage living in the diaspora. My TRUTH, My STORY aims to unveil, liberate, and unshackle Caribbean LGBTQ people from a culture of silence and fear, by sharing prideful narratives of struggle, achievement, and personal growth. The Caribbean Equality Project is dedicated to revising the oppressive cycle of colonized and institutionalized teachings, in order to create sustainable and progressive Caribbean communities free of violence and all forms of discrimination. In order to achieve this goal, we aim at promoting visibility and empowerment through powerful affirming messages of self-acceptance, love, respect, renewal, and hope.

One of our primary outlets, the ongoing documentary series, will serve as a useful resource to promote networks of support for Caribbean LGBTQ individuals who are struggling with issues inclusive of, but not limited to: coming out, family acceptance, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, physical and mental health problems, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression. These LGBTQ individuals tend to lack significantly supportive and safety networks, and as such, they serve as one of our main focus. We celebrate our campaign participants’ courage, diversity and strength to stand in their own light through their vulnerability. In doing so, they can live their truth fearlessly; with the hope of igniting a thought-provoking dialogue on issues that affect the Caribbean LGBTQ community within the Caribbean diaspora.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Immigrants and migrants

Knowing Matters is the Caribbean Equality Project’s HIV/AIDS health outreach program, which aims to break the silence about HIV/AIDS through education and promoting prevention while offering support to the Caribbean LGBTQ community living with HIV and AIDS in NYC. AIDS. The core of program emphasizes the critical need to provide quality, culturally relevant, and gender-sensitive and HIV-related care.

This is part of our collaborative health and wellness outreach and community engagement efforts to end the stigma attached to HIV/AIDS, and empower a change in all our lives, as we work together in "getting to ZERO: ZERO new HIV infections, ZERO discrimination, and ZERO AIDS-related deaths”.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
People with HIV/AIDS

Where we work

Awards

New York City Council Citation of Honor 2016

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, NYC

Affiliations & memberships

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) 2018

National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) 2017

ILGA World – the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association 2019

Center Link - a Global Organization Serving over 250 LGBTQ Community Centers 2020

Coalition for Asian American Children and Families 2021

New York Immigration Coalition 2022

APA Voice Redistricting Task Force 2021

Voces Latinas' Queens Against Hate Coalition 2021

Urban Healthy Food Coalition (UHFC) 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of workers with union affiliations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

LGBTQ people, Women and girls, Men and boys

Related Program

Unchained - Caribbean LGBTQ Support Group

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of groups brought together in a coalition/alliance/partnership

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

LGBTQ people

Related Program

Unchained - Caribbean LGBTQ Support Group

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients placed in internships

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

LGBTQ people

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

In the face of anti-immigrant sentiment, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, gender and racial discrimination, lack of access to health services, and hate violence at the hands of their families, friends, employers, medical professionals, and law enforcement officers (even in New York City), Caribbean Equality Project is creating a sustainable and progressive Caribbean diaspora communities, free of violence and all forms of discrimination.

Year-round, Caribbean Equality Project conducts street outreach, hosts educational workshops and programming that provides an authentic, intergenerational safe space for shared experiences by building support networks through various pioneering programs and services.

The CEP programs, services, and initiatives are intersectional, with an emphasis on, but not limited to, family acceptance, awareness, HIV/AIDS prevention and care, education, cultural performing arts, visibility at citywide LGBTQ+ pride parades and cultural festivals, all aiming to promote acceptance and reducing stigma and eliminate all forms of discrimination in NYC.

Caribbean Equality Project's main programs are as follows:

● Unchained – Unchained, the first of its kind in New York City, is the Caribbean Equality Project's Six-years running peer-to-peer immigrant support group that anchors its Healing Justice work. Unchained creates an empowering space to affirm the unique cultural experiences and identities of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Caribbean immigrants, HIV impacted people, and survivors of family rejection, discrimination, intimate partner violence, and sexual assault to heal and build community in NYC.

● My Truth, My Story – CEP's multimedia oral history and storytelling documentary series provides compellingly authentic unspoken stories through the lens of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) people of Caribbean heritage.

● Knowing Matters – CEP's sexual health and wellness program aim to break the silence about HIV/AIDS through public education, linkage to care, and promoting prevention, all while offering emotional support and resources to the Caribbean LGBTQ+ community living with HIV in NYC.

● Living Our Values Equally (LOVE) – is an interdisciplinary program that celebrates queer and trans Caribbean resilience through a racial justice lens, while fostering critical conversations related to pride, migration, surviving colliding pandemics, and coming out narratives. Grounded in celebrating Queer Caribbean LOVE, this annual community event creates a healing space of dialogue, unity, and togetherness through educational presentations, cultural performing arts, storytelling, films, and panel discussions.

To date, CEP is the only educational-based agency serving the Caribbean-American LGBTQ+ community in New York City, with a dedicated aim to cultivating a supportive and progressive Caribbean community free of violence, oppression, and discrimination. CEP's advocacy efforts are directed towards fostering community partnerships and greater family acceptance. Additionally, the organization acts as a liaison to government agencies and elected officials with the collective vision of a society based on respect, inclusion, and equality, regardless of an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity within the Caribbean diaspora. The CEP is dedicated to deconstructing the oppressive cycle of colonized and institutionalized teachings, in order to create sustainable and progressive Caribbean diaspora communities, free of violence and all forms of discrimination.

The CEP programs, services, and initiatives' are intersectional, with an emphasis on, but not limited to, family acceptance, awareness, HIV/AIDS prevention and care, education, cultural performing arts, visibility at citywide LGBTQ+ pride parades and cultural festivals, all aiming promote acceptance and reducing stigma and eliminate all forms of discrimination in NYC. To this end, we have developed the following programs and services: Unchained: Caribbean LGBTQ+ Support Group; My Truth, My Story: A Caribbean LGBTQ+ Documentary Storytelling Campaign Series; Knowing Matters; In-Conversation Series and a citywide Population Survey to identify and quantify the Caribbean LGBTQ+ diaspora's unique cultural need.

The Caribbean Equality Project has two-structure leadership bodies that shape the organization's programming priorities and execution strategies. The leadership team consists of nine Afro and Indo-Caribbean Gay, Queer, Trans and Non-binary individuals who make daily decisions about the organization's operation, capacity-building, campaigns, events, and regularly consults on services and programming. Beyond the core leadership team, Caribbean Equality Project is governed by a larger Executive Board of five officers and six members. They work on CEP's long-term fundraising strategy and consult quarterly regarding the policies that sustainable services and programs. Each board member has an equal say in the decision-making process. All policy, program schedule, and service decisions are voted on or made by sub-committees based on funding, resource mobilization, and community partnerships while centering on the needs and input of our service population.

The Caribbean Equality Project has a Community Action Team made up of 15+ volunteers who support the planning, implementation, and execution of all the organization's programming. Volunteers report to the organization's executive director, volunteers coordinator, or program managers for instructions, shifts, and briefings before community action, street outreach, education-focused event, or digital forum. We rely on our volunteers the day of the event or program to set up, do street outreach, phone banking, welcome, register attendees, answer directional questions, distribute merchandise, and many other responsibilities.

Accomplishments and Milestones:
● October 2015 – First LGBTQ organization to participate in the annual Diwali Motorcade & Cultural Show in Queens, NY, where CEP's outreach booth was awarded, first prize for overall best cultural and use of theme presentation.
● March 2016 – Historic participation in the 28th Annual Phagwah Parade. CEP became the first LGBTQ organization to proudly march and wave the rainbow flag in the Annual Hindu Holi celebration in Richmond Hill, Queens, NY. For the first time in the parade's history, a Caribbean-oriented LGBTQ organization was granted approval from the organizers to participate in this religious festival and parade to represent the LGBTQ Hindu community in NYC.
● September 2016 - Historic participation in the 49th Annual West Indian American Labor Day Parade in Brooklyn, NY. For the first time in the parade's history, an LGBTQ organization proudly marched to the LGBTQ Caribbean community in NYC and waved the rainbow flag.
● June 2017 - CEP partnered with the NYC Commission on Human Rights and numerous immigrant Queer People of Color-led Muslim organizations to host first LGBTQ Iftar dinner, to observe the holy month of Ramadan at The Center, Manhattan, NY.
● August 2017 – CEP partnered with the NYC Commission on Human Rights and several Queer People of Color-led Muslim organizations to host first LGBTQ Eid al-Adha celebration at The Center, Manhattan, NY.
● December 2017 – CEP partnered with several Queens-based LGBTQ organization to commemorate World AIDS Day 2017 at Queens Community House. The Queens World AIDS Day 2017 Remembrance & Vigil featured an intergenerational and culturally-diverse panel, a screening of the award-winning documentary, “You Are Not Alone," educational presentations, cultural performances and concluded with a post-screening panel discussion with the film's producer, Antoine Craigwell, and a powerful vigil to remember those we have lost to AIDS.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Afro and Indo-Caribbean LGBTQ+ immigrant New Yorkers across Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan & Staten Island.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic in NYC, we have expanded our healing justice work to meet the emotional needs of the Caribbean LGBTQ+ community in NYC. Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are creating a virtual space to connect locally, nationally, and globally with the Caribbean rainbow family during this era of physical distancing and spaciousness, self-isolation, and staying home to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Our two experienced group co-facilitators, CEP’s Trans Justice Organizer, Sai Ali, and Mental Health Outreach Specialist, Dee B. Browne, are holding in-person and virtual spaces for participants to release anxiety, combat loneliness, gain tools for managing stress, and be resilient.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Caribbean Equality Project

Board of directors
as of 03/02/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr Mohamed Q. Amin

Caribbean Equality Project

Term: 2015 -

Darren Glenn

Caribbean Equality Project

Kadeem Robinson

Caribbean Equality Project

Theo Brown

Caribbean Equality Project

Ceyenne Doroshow

Caribbean Equality Project

Twinkle Paul

Caribbean Equality Project

Ryan Persadie

Caribbean Equality Project

Marcus Kissoon

Caribbean Equality Project

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/2/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Unknown
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

No data

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/26/2019

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.