September 19, 2017
Visibility is Liberty: Freedom of Expression and LGBTI Equality in Jamaica
Maurice Tomlison, Attorney and Senior Policy Analyst with the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network will discuss his legal advocacy to challenge the repression of the LGBTI community’s freedom of expression in Jamaica. Mr. Tomlinson serves as counsel and sometimes as claimant in cases that challenge anti-gay laws before senior tribunals in the Caribbean, and leads advocacy engaging U.N. agencies on the human rights situation for LGBTI people in the region. He also documents and reports on human rights abuses, and conducts training and capacity-building for the judiciary and police. Mr. Tomlinson is the recipient of the David Kato Vision and Voice Award, and was previously a lecturer on law at the University of Technology in Jamaica and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.
This event is sponsored by the Human Rights Program, Queer Trans People of Color@HLS, and HLS Advocates for Human Rights. Lunch will be served.