Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Belize - COI

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Caleb Orozco (LGBTI)

Email: calbud05atyahoo [dot] com
Caleb Orzoco has been an LGBTI and human rights advocate for over 7 years and involved in human development work for over 20 years. As the leader and founding member of the United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM), Caleb Orozco has been the face of the LGBTI issue in the local media and in civil society meetings. He has initiated the first in-country litigation challenge among CARICOM member states to change Belize’s sodomy law, and has documented abuses of assault, rape and murder occurring in Belize since 1997. He has conducted research on stigma and discrimination, as well as worked on community education around rights-protection and enforcement, and has led the way to the development of the only LGBT Legal Review in the country along with the current refinement of a white paper on violence. He has undertaken the country’s Universal Periodic Review for 2009 and 2013, as well as the ICCPR in 2013, with partners Heartland Alliance and the Sexual Rights Initiative. As an  advocate internationally, Caleb Orozco have worked at the OAS through a coalition of LAC activists since 2007, advancing resolution on violence regionally through the loose LGBTI network, the Caribbean Forum for the Liberation and Acceptance of All Genders and Sexualities (CARIFLAGS), and collectively addressing the UN Resolution on Extrajudicial Killings which included sexual orientation as part of its concerns.

Siddharth Kara

Email: siddharth_karaathks [dot] harvard [dot] edu

Siddharth Kara is one of the world's foremost experts on human trafficking and contemporary slavery. He is the Director of the Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he is also an Adjunct Lecturer and teaches the only course on human trafficking at HKS. In addition, Kara is a Visiting Scientist on Forced Labor at the Harvard School of Public Health. Kara is the author of Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery, co-winner of the prestigious 2010 Frederick Douglass Award at Yale University for the best non-fiction book on slavery. Sex Trafficking is the first book on modern forms of slavery to win the prize. Kara's second book, Bonded Labor: Tackling the System of Slavery in South Asia was released in October, 2012. Just as Sex Trafficking provided the first comprehensive overview of the global sex trafficking industry, Bonded Labor provides the first comprehensive overview of the system of debt bondage endemic to South Asia. Kara currently advises the United Nations, International Labour Organisation, the U.S. Government, and several other governments on anti-trafficking policy and law. Kara has testified before the U.S. Congress and several foreign Parliaments on his research. Kara's has also appeared extensively in the media as an expert on modern slavery, including on CNN, the BBC, the Guardian, CNBC, National Geographic, and numerous documentary films.