The staff and board of directors of CATIE were deeply distressed to learn about the deaths of Selim Esen, Andrew Kinsman, Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi and Dean Lisowick. We extend our condolences to the families and friends of the victims and our colleagues at the Toronto HIV/AIDS Network and the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation, where Andrew Kinsman worked and volunteered.
We also offer our support for the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention, which has called for an external review into the Toronto Police Service investigation to “consider whether the race or perceived sexuality of the missing men affected the resources and quality of the investigation into their disappearances.”
Violent crimes against marginalized groups have an impact that goes beyond the individuals immediately affected. They increase fear and anxiety among the communities to which the victims belong, especially when there is perceived inaction from authorities. CATIE expresses our solidarity with Toronto’s LGBT, South Asian and Middle Eastern communities, and we extend our support to efforts to change the way community concerns are addressed in the future.
This notice originally appeared on CATIE's Face Book page, here.
Une version française est disponible ici.