Since its inception in 2017, OTRAH has been committed to the inclusion of all transgender people in Haiti through its programming. Below is an outline of the various areas of focus that the team is organized around.
OTRAH’s leadership team works in close proximity with governmental and civil society actors to raise awareness for transgender rights at the national and local level. In particular, OTRAH has provided advocacy services to local justice-based organizations, health groups (specifically on providing competent healthcare to transgender individuals and HIV-positive individuals), financial services organization, as well as social groups for broader acceptance of the community.
Educating LGBTQ+ & Allies
OTRAH has developed a series of videos on the impact of discrimination within the queer community, with a keen aspect on allies and non-LGBTQ folks. The focus of these videos is to educate parents on how to navigate questions related to their child’s gender identity.
OTRAH is a go-to resource to redirect HIV-positive individuals to the right locations and resources to receive adequate care. The organization is also committed to ensuring that its members and all members of the LGBTQ+ community are aware of their status, pushing people to consistently get tested and take control of their health.
Since the start of the global COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, OTRAH has worked tirelessly with the the local transgender population in Haiti top help them get adequate support, either health-related or financial. OTRAH is committed to advocating on behalf of trans individuals who are disproportionately affected by the pandemic.
Hormonal Treatment Assistance
OTRAH has been instrumental in redirecting its gender-diverse members to key resources including pre-hormonal and post-hormonal psychological assistance.