Publications and tools

Publications and Tools

Advocacy and Membership Materials

03/14/2016
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Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition Membership Brochure

To read more about us, or to become a member, check out this informative brochure. 

10/15/2015
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UN Statement on LGBTI People

United Nations entities call on States to act urgently to end violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI)1 adults, adolescents and children. 

02/23/2017
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Civil Society Space and the United Nations Human Rights System

This is the sixth in OHCHR’s series of human rights practical guides for civil society, and should be seen within the context of ‘Widening the democratic space’, one of OHCHR’s current thematic priorities. This Guide highlights issues related to the work of civil society actors (CSAs). It begins with a working definition of the terms ‘civil society’ and ‘civil society space’.

02/23/2017
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How to Follow Up on United Nations Human Rights Recommendations

This Guide, issued by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), focuses on how civil society can follow up on recommendations of United Nations (UN) human rights mechanisms and mandates or bodies. Readers who are not already familiar with the main features of these mechanisms are invited to refer to OHCHR’s Handbook for civil society – Working with the United Nations human rights programme and its Practical Guides for civil society.

Reviews of Models and Best Practices

06/03/2014
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08/20/2014
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Strategic Frameworks

08/20/2014
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Baseline Studies

08/20/2014
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Analysis of the HIV Response for Gay Men, Transgender Persons and other Men who have Sex with Men (GTM) and Persons Who Use Drugs (PWUD) | Haiti, Guyana and Suriname

This analysis of the HIV response for gay man, transgender persons and other men who have sex with men, and for drug users in Haiti, Suriname and Guyana, was conducted in the framework of the Round 9 Regional CARICOM/PANCAP Global Fund Grant “Fighting HIV in the Caribbean: a Strategic Regional Approach”, #MAC-910-G02-H. The phase II of the grant has included additional countries in the component on vulnerabilised populations implemented by CVC/COIN as sub-recipient.

08/20/2014
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Focus Right: Diversity and Commonality - a look at Female and Transgender sex workers in three Caribbean Countries

This report presents a triangulation of research results from both the qualitative and quantitative studies that were conducted to provide a baseline for the project. This particular report triangulates the results from both quantitative and qualitative studies conducted among transgender sex workers in the Dominican Republic, female Hispanic migrant sex workers in Trinidad, and female sex workers who are street-based or working in clubs in Jamaica.

08/20/2014
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Socially Excluded Youth and HIV in Trinidad, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic

This report presents a triangulation of research results from both the qualitative and quantitative studies that were conducted to provide a baseline for the project. This particular report triangulates the results from both quantitative and qualitative studies conducted among marginalized youth in the Dominican Republic, Trinidad, and Jamaica.

Caribbean Civil Society Showcase Series

08/21/2014
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Sex Workers for CHANGE: The Family Planning Association of Trinidad and Tobago

In Trinidad, Sex Workers for CHANGE is operated by The Family Planning Association of Trinidad and Tobago (FPATT). FPATT is a 56 year old not-for-profit organisation which aims to provide comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights ser- vices to all who need them in Trinidad and Tobago. It is a member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation which operates in 170 countries worldwide.

08/21/2014
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Empowerment and Outreach: La comunidad de Trans-Travestis Trabajadoras Sexuales Dominicana

In the Dominican Republic, Empowerment and Outreach is operated by La comunidad de Trans-Travestis Trabajadoras Sexuales Dominicana (COTRAVETD) – “The Community of Trans-Transvestite Dominican Sex Workers”.  Since 2004, COTRAVETD has been the only organisation in the country working to reduce stigma and discrimination and marginalisation of transgender and transvestites engaged in sex work.

08/21/2014
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Piloting a Sexual Health Approach: Este Amor

In the Dominican Republic, Este Amor piloted CVC/COIN’s sexual health approach to peer education with young MSM. Founded in 2005 by four gay men, a nurse and social worker in response to concern that many MSM who accessed local health services came with already advanced stages of infection, Este Amor serves and represents MSM in the country’s eastern region.
 

08/21/2014
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Youth for Change: Fundación Red de Jóvenes Unidos de Guachupita

In the Dominican Republic, Youth for Change is operated by Fundación Red de Jóvenes Unidos de Guachupita (FURJUG) – “The Network of United Youth of Guachupita”. FURJUG is recognised as one of the few youth-led organisations in the Dominican Republic that has access to youth in gangs in some of the country’s poorest neighbourhoods.
 

08/21/2014
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Sex Workers United in Preventing HIV: Movimiento de Mujeres Unidas

In the Dominican Republic, Sex Workers United in Preventing HIV is operated by Movimiento de Mujeres Unidas (MODEMU) — “Movement of United Women”. Founded in 1997, MODEMU is the largest national organisation of sex workers in the Dominican Republic and in the Caribbean. It works to promote the rights of sex workers and implement programmes that improve their quality of life.
 

08/21/2014
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‘Tek it to Dem’ Project (Take it to Them): The National Council on Drug Abuse

In Jamaica, ‘Tek it to Dem’ Project (Take it to Them) is operated by The National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA), a statutory agency that falls under the Ministry of Health and works closely with other government agencies. The ‘Tek it to Dem 2’ project works with homeless drug users in Kingston and St Andrew.
 

08/21/2014
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Youth Living with HIV: La Red Nacional de Jóvenes Viviendo con VIH/SIDA (REDNAJCER)

In the Dominican Republic, Monitoring Services for Youth Living with HIV is implemented by La Red Nacional de Jóvenes Viviendo con VIH/SIDA (REDNAJCER) – “The National Network of Youth living with HIV/AIDS”. REDNAJCER was formed to increase the participation of youth living with HIV and to ensure that they receive the highest quality care and treatment possible.

08/21/2014
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Empower to Prevent HIV: Sex Workers' Association of Jamaica

In Jamaica, the Sex Workers Association of Jamaica (SWAJ) was born out of Jamaica AIDS Support for Life’s initial work with sex workers. A young sex-worker led organisation established in 2009, SWAJ reaches mostly street-based sex work- ers with empowerment and HIV prevention messages. It is a member of The Caribbean Sex Worker Coalition.

08/21/2014
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Open Doors: Fundación Dominicana de Reducción de Daños

In the Dominican Republic, Open Doors is operated by Fundación Dominicana de Reducción de Daños (FUNDOREDA) — “Dominican Foundation for Harm Reduction.” Founded by drug users, FUNDOREDA works with both injecting and non-injecting drug users in the barrios of Santo Domingo.
 
 

Tools

08/21/2014
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SEX POSITIVE MODEL FOR HIV PREVENTION & PROMOTION OF SEXUAL HEALTH

The vulnerable groups component of the Global Fund grant sets out to develop model outreach programs to reach key vulnerable groups, working with men who have sex with men (MSM), local and migrant sex workers, prison inmates, drug users, and marginalized youth through four population-based projects.

03/14/2016
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Human Rights and Sex Work | A Training Manual

The Sex Work Association of Jamaica (SWAJ) was formed in 2008.  The aim of the Association is to confront issues facing sex worker in Jamaica, work to build the capacity of sex workers and empower them to advocate on their own behalf.

09/24/2015
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CVC COMMUNICATIONS TOOLKIT

This Toolkit is offered as a guide to improve our ability to tell our organisational stories well, build or strengthen internal and external relationships, win allies, and build and maintain a strong image as experts in the field of HIV.

03/14/2016
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Human Rights, Vulnerability and HIV & AIDS in the Caribbean: A Trainer’s Manual for Police Officers

This manual is intended to assist law enforcement institutions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the Caribbean.  Its aim is to sensitize and build understanding in police officers regarding the relationship between human rights and HIV and AIDS, with a focus on populations especially vulnerable to HIV, including sex workers and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBTI) people.

11/28/2016
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Jamaican Sex Worker Human Rights Booklet

This manual was first published as part of the CVC/COIN Vulnerabilized Groups project. This grant was provided by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. This simplified version is now being published with the help of VERJ to ensure that Sex workers find it more user friendly. The content and topics were developed by Mr. Vivian A. Gray, Jr. for the Sex Workers Association of Jamaica (SWAJ).

11/29/2016
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Gender Based Violence and STI Situation Specific to Belize

The Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) Empowering CSOs to Implement Rights and Gender Based Project to Prevent VAW/ GBV and the Intersections with STIs including HIV, is a one year project funded by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). CVC, through funding from UN Women, implemented the project in three countries (Belize, The Bahamas and Jamaica).

02/02/2017
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Decriminalising Sex Work

In October 2014 a coalition of Civil Society Organizations, including the CVC and JASL, took the opportunity of the Joint Select Committee’s review of the Sexual Offences Act (2009) and related acts to submit a series of recommendations that would “strengthen [Jamaica’s] legislative framework, which governs the substantive and procedural laws on sexual offences in an effort to equally protect all persons within the jurisdiction” who are made victims of sexual violence (2).

02/02/2017
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Issues of Gender Based Violence (GBV) Including Intimate Partner Violence - HIV Positive Women and Girls, Lesbians, Bisexual Women and Transgender persons (LBT) and women with Disabilities

In Jamaica, it is estimated that 30,313 persons are living with HIV but approximately 28% are unaware of their status.1 Additionally, young females account for the larger share of cases in the 10-29 age range young women age 20-24 are one and a half times more likely to be infected than males in the same age group.2

03/28/2017
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Combination Prevention Manual for the OECS

Throughout the Caribbean there is a critical need for effective prevention strategies that focus on populations with high incidence of new infections. Designing a package of interventions that matches the epidemiological profile of a target population involves careful planning and design. In order to address these issues, CVC has developed plans for three-day workshops for community-based organizations (CBOs) and health ministries working on HIV prevention in the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).

03/28/2017
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WHOLE SCHOOL PROGRAMME TO ADDRESS GENDER BASED VIOLENCE AMONG YOUNG JAMAICANS: POLICY RESPONSES FOR MEANINGFUL CHANGE

There are many girls, boys and older women who are suffering untold sexual, psychological, emotional and verbal abuse in Jamaica, purely on the basis on their perceived and self-identifying gender. It is a problem that is institutionalised within our education system and it therefore requires a policy response from the Government of Jamaica (GoJ) that will involve changes within the school system and complementary interventions at the community and State levels.

03/28/2017
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Trainer’s Manual for Police Officer: Human Rights Vulnerability and HIV & AIDS in the Caribbean

This manual is intended to assist law enforcement institutions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the Caribbean. Its aim is to sensitize and build understanding in police officers regarding the relationship between human rights and HIV and AIDS, with a focus on populations especially vulnerable to HIV, including sex workers and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBTI) people.

03/28/2017
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Facilitator Manual For HIV Prevention & Promotion Of Sexual Health

A facilitator’s resource guide and manual for promoting sexual health with peer educators reaching marginalized youth

Research Publications

10/21/2016
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CVC/COIN Vulnerabilized Groups Project: Phase One (January 2011 - March 2013), An Independent Evaluation, By Stuart Adams, August 2013

In November 2009, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) approved a grant of US$34.5 million to finance the five-year (2011-2015) PANCAP Round 9 Global Fund Project. The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat acts as Principle Recipient on behalf of the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP).

10/21/2016
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End of Project Evaluation of the PANCAP Global Fund Round 9 Project

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Agreement MAC-910-G02-H entitled “Fighting HIV in the Caribbean: a Strategic Regional Approach” was signed on behalf of the Community on 5 October 2010. The GFATM awarded a total of US$ 28,345,234 to the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP) over a period of five years (2011-2015). Phase 1 of the Grant was from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2012. Phase 2 extends from January 1, 2013 to December 31st, 2015.

11/11/2016
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The Auditor General’s Department MDA Assessment

This report focuses primarily on the Auditor General’s Department, its work, the support it receives from the wider accountability environment and the level of responsiveness from other public officials (especially the Public Accounts Committee). The report looks at the crucial question of sanctions - who has the authority to sanction, what sanctions are available and are they being used.

05/05/2017
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Our Constitution Unfinished Business
A central foundation in the journey of nation building is a Constitution. The Constitution is the declaration of what the society values most and how it intends for its members to live by those values. It is both a guide and an aspiration.
 
How has the Jamaican constitutional journey been in this regard?

CVC/COIN Profile of Good Practice

10/21/2016
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Community Action Resource (CARe): Preventing HIV and AIDS among drug users in Trinidad and Tobago

In 2013, CVC/COIN gave Community Action Resource (CARe) a Mini-Grant of US$20,000 for a project to pilot HIV and AIDS prevention among drug users on Port of Spain’s east side. The project’s intensive intervention in the streets lasted from March through July 2014 and it: 1) delivered harm reduction to 613 drug users, surpassing the target of 500; 2) gathered information on their characteristics, behaviour and experience with health, social and rehabilitation services; 3) facilitated voluntary HIV and STI counselling and testing.

10/21/2016
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Grupo de Apoyo Este Amor: Peer education for young MSM in eastern Dominican Republic

Este Amor was one of three Caribbean civil society organizations given CVC/COIN Mini-Grants of US$20,000 to pilot and help refine CVC/COIN’s Sex Positive approach to peer education. In October 2011, it chose 20 MSM from 15 to 19 years old to take four days of training guided by an early draft of the new CVC/COIN facilitator’s manual. At the end of this training, it chose eight to apply lessons as they conducted individual and group interventions in towns, villages and bateys (ethnic Haitian settlements) across the Province of San Pedro de Macorís, in the country’s Eastern Region.

10/21/2016
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Foundation He + HIV: Caring for HIV-positive MSM with education, counselling and other support in Paramaribo, Suriname

In October 2013, Foundation He + HIV (FHH) began using a small CVC/COIN Mini-grant of US$14,650 to scale up, strengthen and augment its offer of information, counselling and other support to HIV-positive (HIV+) MSM1 and their families and friends in Paramaribo, the largest city (pop. 240,000) and national capital of Suriname (pop. 541,000). In October 2014, it began using a second CVC/COIN Mini-grant to carry on with these efforts for another year.

10/21/2016
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El Observatorio de Derechos Humanos para Grupos Vulnerabilizados: Advancing the rights of people living with HIV and most at risk of infection in Dominican Republic

Officially launched on the 18th of September 2013, El Observatorio de Derechos Humanos para Grupos Vulneralizados (ODHGV) is the Caribbean’s first human rights mechanism focussed on documenting and reporting human rights violations against people living with HIV (PLWH) and most at risk of infection. From its headquarters in Santo Domingo, the ODHGV also promotes and supports HIV-related human rights education and advocacy and provides counselling and legal assistance to individuals whose human rights have been violated.

10/21/2016
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ProActividad: Creating jobs, preventing HIV and reducing homophobia in a “Tolerance Through Tourism” project in Dominican Republic

ProActividad is a social enterprise providing out of school and at risk youth with job and business training and experience. In April 2015, it received a CVC/COIN Mini-grant of US$18,000 to launch an eight-month pilot project called “Tolerance Through Tourism”. It used the Mini-grant to leverage grants from three other donors, adding another US$60,000 to the project’s budget. Then in August 2015, it received a CVC/COIN Action Research Award of US$22,000 to provide baseline evidence for future action.

10/21/2016
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Stand Up for Jamaica: Preventing HIV and AIDS, promoting human rights and providing life skills training to MSM and other men in prison

Stand Up for Jamaica (SUFJ) has received four CVC/COIN Mini-Grants: US$36,000 to fund work among men who have sex with men (MSM) in prison in 2013-2014; US$25,000 to fund work among MSM and other prisoners in 2014-2015; US$8,000 to fund additional work among MSM and other prisoners in 2015; US$25,000 to fund research underway at the time of this writing.

10/21/2016
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Sex Work Association of Jamaica (SWAJ): Promoting sexual health and human rights

The Sex Work Association of Jamaica (SWAJ) received three CVC/COIN Mini-Grants of US$20,000 each in 2012, 2013 and 2014. In 2014, SWAJ also received a Robert Carr Network Fund Grant (RCNF) of US$8,000 to reach 180 male sex workers with peer education in HIV and AIDS and human rights.

10/21/2016
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Volunteer Youth Corps (VYC) Inc. Empowering marginalized youth with HIV education, life skills and job training in South-East Georgetown, Guyana

In October 2013, Guyana’s Volunteer Youth Corps (VYC) Inc. began using a CVC/COIN Mini-grant of US$25,000 to finance the first year of its new Marginalized Youth Project. The project targeted at-risk and out-of-school youth 16-25 years old living in South-East Georgetown and, specifically, those who were any of HIV-positive, drug users, gang members or homeless. During this year, it delivered HIV-related peer education plus two weeks of life skills and job training to 120 youth.

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