Derricia (Jael) Castillo-Salazar – Biography

Successes and Barriers to LBT Women’s Economic Empowerment

A CSW61 side event hosted by the Government of Canada, ARC International, and the Permanent Mission of the Argentine Republic to the United Nations

March 13t, 2017 – NYC

Panelist: Derricia Castillo-Salazar, Co-Founder and President of Our Circle (Belize).  

Derricia Castillo-Salazar (Jael), is a military officer, an activist and a proud lesbian mother and partner. She is the Co-Founder and current President of Our Circle, a voluntary organization dedicated to the active inclusion of the LGBT community in Belize. This organization creates events that bring together the LGBT community in Belize, by providing safe spaces to educate, empower and build the community, collectively. In 2014 when her brainchild, Our Circle was introduced to the community, Derricia never thought that Our Circle would have created milestones as quickly as it did. Our Circle has since engaged approximately 200 members of the Belizean LGBT community. Derricia’s motivation to keep working for the LGBT community stems from the need to create inclusion for the community.