Fellows by Category

Organization: Instituto Promundo

With a developed set of interventions to prevent violence before it ever occurs, Gary Barker is changing the culture of violence in marginalized communities in Brazil and around the world.

Organization: Papo de Responsa

Roberto “Beto” Chaves, a member of Rio de Janeiro’s police force, is rebuilding trust between Rio’s police and its favela communities. Through loosely structured “chats” in the community between police, ex-convicts and youth, Beto is breaking down the stereotypes and misconceptions that each group holds about the others, and has opened new lines of communication between the police and the...

Organization: Grupo Tortura Nunca Mais

Two decades of military dictatorship in Brazil left a legacy of violence against civil society. That past has not been fully recognized, and aspects of officially-sanctioned violence persist until this day. Cecilia Coimbra, who was held as a political prisoner during the dictatorship, founded Tortura Nunca Mais (Torture No More), an organization that educates the public, provides psychological...

Organization: Instituto NOOS

Carlos Zuma has developed an alternative course of action that offers people and judicial courts a more constructive remedy to family violence. He has opened up a channel for judges to refer abusers, mostly men but women as well, to six-month rehabilitation courses that are showing promising results.

Organization: Centro São Martinho

Roberto Jose dos Santos is a gentle fighter for millions of Brazilian children who must make their way on the streets. Some of these street children live there; many more must earn their daily livelihood there by selling peanuts, helping people park their cars, or engaging in other menial tasks.

Luke Dowdney helps youngsters stay out of organized crime through a program that teaches martial arts along with life skills. He is leading an international network of organizations working to end children’s participation in gangs and other organized violence.

Organization: Projeto Quixote

In Brazil, as in many other countries in the developing world, the public has come to regard street children as an intractable problem for which there can be little remedy. By focusing on the children’s frequently overlooked psychological and emotional needs, Auro Lescher is helping children to escape the streets.

Through the Instituto Sou da Paz (I’m for Peace Institute), Denis Mizne supports the disarmament of the population, the democratization of schools, and the improvement of police institutions in Brazil’s most impoverished regions, where the high rate of criminality is fed by the arms trade. Through campaigns and citizen mobilization, Denis influences public policy related to security at the...

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