As the Advocacy Coordinator with the Eurasian Coalition for Health, Rights, Gender, and SexualDiversity (ECOM), Amir is responsible for implementing the international NGO’s advocacy strategy to strengthen the response to the HIV epidemic among LGBT people in Eastern Europe and Central Asia(EECA) with a particular focus on trans people. Amir coordinates the activities of six trans-led organizations in Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Russia, Armenia, and Georgia within the project Trans* Map inEECA. The main goal of the project is to expand and strengthen HIV services for trans* people in EECA through community mobilization, creating an enabling environment and involving them in national HIV programming and decision-making via country-coordinating mechanisms. Amir and colleagues achieve the goal through national advocacy and leadership schools, informational campaigns, and the sensitization of health experts and decision-makers. Amir also conducts training for ECOM staff and members, prepares project applications for funding, participates in the design and conduct of studies, prepares reports to donors, and coordinates ECOM participation in relevant international initiatives and alliances.
As Chair of the Board at Kyrgyz Indigo, Amir is responsible for the organization’s overall strategic direction. This includes promoting LGBT+-friendly laws and opposing bills that discriminate against LGBT+ people. The Parliament of Kyrgyzstan plans to consider the draft law “On Ensuring the Right to Equality and Protection from Discrimination” in the first reading. They want to adopt an analog of the anti-discrimination law without including protection against discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. Amir is mobilizing local queer organizations, initiatives, and activists to develop an action plan to advocate for the inclusion of SOGI in this bill. Secondly, the draft law “On AmendingCertain Legislative Acts of the Kyrgyz Republic (the Code of the Kyrgyz Republic on Offenses)” and other national laws “On Measures to Prevent Harm to the Health of Children, Their Physical, Intellectual, Mental, Spiritual and Moral Development in the Kyrgyz Republic” and “On the Mass Media” proposes to ban the “propaganda” of LGBT+ content to children and label it 18+. Amir is currently facilitating the process of developing a strategy to withdraw this bill.