Welcome to COMCAVIS!

“To deny people their human rights is to challenge one’s own humanity”
-Nelson Mandela

Dear fellow lesbians, gays, bisexual, trans* and intersex people (LGBTI); and allies heterosexual / as and agencies who visit us

As executive director of the Association for Communicating and Training Trans Women in El Salvador (COMCAVIS TRANS), I wish to share with you the main issue areas this newest project will center on; issue areas that seek to continue the great efforts undertaken by my predecessors in the struggle for human rights so that the foundations for responsible, serious, and transparent work committed to integrating all sectors in decision-making spaces can be laid. 

During the last few months, the executive board, board of directors, work team, and volunteers of COMCAVIS TRANS has taken a series of steps to help ease the challenges we face in multiple areas at both the national and international levels. One way we found to solidify and channel these initiatives was to define and implement our new Strategic Plan (2015-2020), which will guide and shape our work within seven main areas. In this way, our work is to guaranteed be executed in conjunction with all players within civil society organizations (CSOs) as well as international bodies, key actors for COMCAVIS TRANS, governments and civil society in general.

This platform uses a systemic vision that works towards greater articulation and coordination in the implementation of the different components of our strategic plan, as well as the strengthening of relationships with CSOs, donors, and the government in order to better position and project our human rights work. Alongside the friendly nations that support us, we intend to establish areas of common interest and create more mechanisms for political dialogue that allow for more and more effective and assertive decision-making and cooperation to speed up and encourage jointly-created projects. 

Throughout these efforts there is a commitment to creating closer relationships and strengthening interrelations with SCOs in countries in other regions. This way, we can approach various kinds of issues central to the progress and the wellbeing of all LGBTI people together, such as promoting and respecting human rights, democracy, education, legal protection, work, legal recognition, preventing discrimination against minorities, eradicating violence, guaranteeing the rights of incarcerated people, and working on issues of forced migration, among others. 

It is important to mention that COMCAVIS TRANS has worked in coordination with both national and international organizations as well as with donors to guarantee a greater degree of quality collaboration with these bodies. Therefore, the steps needed to maintain the trust of those who support this cause will continue to be taken through consolidating a culture and practice of transparency and fiscal accountability. 

One of the most important challenges faced by COMCAVIS TRANS, and one that we will continue to struggle for, is achieving greater openness, closeness, and participation with social, economic, and private sectors in El Salvador that will allow for a holistic approach, one that will transcend governmental and religious spheres. We hope to do this in such a way that the country will be transformed into a completely secular state that will guarantee rights- an irreversible and profound 

Lastly, I think it necessary to strengthen the bonds between our organizations, encourage our abilities to achieve shared goals and face challenges as a group, thereby contributing to a promising future for all. Certainly, integration must include a shared historical past, interrelated cultures and aspirations for economic, social, and cultural development- all of this to guarantee that El Salvador takes on a more prominent and influential participatory role at the regional and, why not, global level.

Karla Stephanie Avelar Orellana
Executive Director