Dr. The Honourable, J. Carolyn Gomes, Executive Director of Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) since January 2014, has a distinguished record as a Human Rights advocate. As Executive Director of CVC Carolyn Gomes is its chief spokesperson helping to determine and drive its strategic direction, vision and work in policy analysis, advocacy and resource mobilization to support the scale up of services to vulnerable communities and to build capacity among the regional network of civil society actors. The CVC currently manages grants for and with numerous countries of the Caribbean.
A medical doctor since 1980, Carolyn worked in public and private medicine in Trinidad and Jamaica until 2002 when she gave up practice to work full time on issues of human rights. Prior to joining CVC Dr. Gomes was Executive Director of Jamaicans For Justice (JFJ) a non-profit, Citizens’ Rights Action Group which she helped found in 1999, and led to become a nationally, regionally and internationally recognized organization advocating against State abuse of rights and strengthening legislative and other provisions for the protection of rights. Her work on human rights was recognized by the United Nations in 2008 and Jamaica in 2009, when she was conferred with the Order of Jamaica (OJ). She is entitled to be styled as ‘the Honourable.’