Caribbean Equality Project

Advocating for Caribbean LGBTQ voices in NYC

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

Mission

Caribbean Equality Project is an NY-based non-profit organization committed to strengthening the marginalized voices of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people of Caribbean origin and descent. To date, CEP is the only educational-based agency serving the Caribbean-American LGBTQ community in NYC and is dedicated to cultivating a supportive and progressive Caribbean community free of violence, oppression, and discrimination. We work to achieve this goal through advocacy, community organizing, public education, cultural, and social programming. Our advocacy efforts are directed towards fostering greater family acceptance and a society based on respect, inclusion, and equality, regardless of an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity within the Caribbean diaspora.

Ruling year info

2017

Founder and President

Mr Mohamed Q Amin

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)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Since the launch of the CEP in 2015, the organization has made significant strides toward the advancement and uplifting of LGBTQ+ Caribbean voices in NYC. As an immigrant-led, social justice and human rights organization, the CEP's work is inclusive of Afro- and Indo-Caribbeans' cultural backgrounds and ancestry. The organization's work focuses on the intergenerational and intersectionality of the Caribbean community in NYC to create greater inclusiveness to amplify our liberation movement to educate, inspire, and empower the Black and Brown LGBTQ+ Caribbean Muslim, Hindu, Christian, and other identities in the Caribbean diaspora. The Caribbean LGBTQ+ documented and undocumented immigrant voices we serve in NYC experiences an exponential level of homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, gender and racial discrimination, lack of access to health services and anti-LGBTQ+ hate violence at the hands of their families, friends, employers, and medical professionals and law enforcement officers.

Our programs

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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

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

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

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

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

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Unchained - Caribbean LGBTQ Support Group

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Year round, CEP does community outreach, community engagement, and partnerships to effectively challenge established systematic complexities on LGBTQ+ issues by providing opportunities for dialogue, education, and discussion. As such, throughout the year, the CEP conducts various outreach initiatives and programming that provides an authentic safe space for shared experiences, fostering new relationships by uniting intergenerational support with an array of 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 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.

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 is an all volunteer-led organization. Currently, the organization is building partners with city agencies and community organizations to executes its mission and programmings.

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.

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 11/26/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr Mohamed Q. Amin

Caribbean Equality Project

Term: 2015 -

Krishna Ramsarran

Caribbean Equality Project

Andy Bishun

Caribbean Equality Project

Nalima Amin

Caribbean Equality Project

Mohamed Amin

Caribbean Equality Project

Theo Brown

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 11/26/2019

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Unknown
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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.