Speaker Profile

Maurice Tomlinson

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Senior Policy Analyst
Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
Maurice is a Jamaican lawyer, LGBTI activist, and educator. For nearly twenty years, he has been working with a variety of agencies to combat homophobia and HIV across the Caribbean. As part of the Legal Network’s Research and Policy team, Maurice continues his fruitful partnerships with various regional stakeholders to promote and protect the human rights of Caribbean LGBTI people. Maurice has an extensive record of anti-discrimination endeavors, including the authorship of reports to regional and UN agencies on the human rights situation for LGBTI people; conducting judicial and police LGBTI- and HIV-sensitization trainings; facilitating human rights documentation and advocacy capacity-building exercises; and acting as counsel and/or claimant in cases challenging anti-gay laws before the most senior tribunals in the hemisphere. In 2012, Maurice received the inaugural David Kato Vision and Voice Award, which recognizes individuals who defend human rights and the dignity of LGBTI people around the world.


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