OCASI is an active research participant in the Envisioning project and is the Community Chair of the Canadian research team. Envisioning Global LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Human Rights is an international research project housed at the Centre for Feminist Research, York University, with partnerships in Africa, the Caribbean, India, the Netherlands, the USA and Canada.
Through both legal and qualitative research, as well as participatory videography, the project is documenting and analyzing:
- criminalization of people on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI);
- social movement histories resisting criminalization, and seeking to advance SOGI rights;
- flight from violence and persecution; and
- interaction between international treaty body human rights mechanisms and LGBT rights initiatives.
First Report: “Envisioning LGBT Refugee Rights in Canada: Exploring Asylum Issues (June 2012)”