The Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment (CAAT) is a coalition of affected individuals and organizations from the legal, health, settlement and HIV/AIDS sectors committed to promoting the health and wellbeing of people living with HIV who are facing access barriers related to their status using the tools of education, training, research, service coordination and advocacy
Our vision is a healthy urban community in which all individuals living with HIV/AIDS have the information and tools they need to access health, social and legal services that are welcoming, inclusive, and respectful regardless of their immigration status.
The highest value is put on the voices and leadership of people living with HIV/AIDS in our work, and the view that health is a holistic and inclusive of the physical, emotional, sexual and spiritual aspects of life.
Equity and social justice: We Value a human rights based approach that respects individual rights for access to treatment and health care including access to sexual and reproductive health services regardless of HIV and immigration status, diversity and demonstrate respect for the voices of all stakeholders. We are committed to social justice for all. CAAT works from an on anti-oppression, anti-racism, anti-homophobia and anti-sexism framework aimed at reducing discrimination, stigma and prejudice based on culture, ethnicity, religion, age, ability and above all, HIV status.
Community ownership/responsiveness; We place great value on community and evidence-based advocacy and solutions as a means to effect systemic and policy change and community ownership, transparency, accountability, and meaningful collaboration with the communities we serve.
CAAT’s key program areas include:
- Education and outreach
- Community development
- Service and volunteer coordination
- Research and evidence-based advocacy