Brazil has become a major economic and political player on a global scale. With its rising prominence, Brazil has attempted new approaches to long-standing problems felt across Latin America, such as citizen security and sustainable rural development. WOLA is bringing together Brazilian experts, activists, and government officials with others in the region to share ideas, experiences, and practical solutions.

At the same time, Brazil is beginning to examine the legacy of human rights abuses committed during its military regime (1964-1985). WOLA is working to ensure that Brazil draws upon the lessons learned by other countries in Latin America who have had to face their dark pasts in order to build more democratic societies.

Brazil News & Analysis

What Can be Learned from Brazil’s “Pacification” Police Model?

Analysis & Commentary
The successes and failures of Rio de Janeiro's Police Pacification Units offers important lessons learned for other countries in the region looking to move away from "mano dura" security policies.

Obama Administration Should Look to Brazil as Refuge for Guantanamo Detainees

Offering Shelter to Detainees Could Further Brazil's Regional Leadership on Humanitarian Issues
Ahead of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's Washington visit, WOLA joins with other international partners in calling for U.S. President Barack Obama to request that her government resettle Guantanamo detainees cleared for release.

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to Address Brazil’s Truth Commission

NGOs call for IACHR to Monitor Progress on Commission's Recommendations
On Friday, March 20, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States (OAS) will hold a hearing on the December 2014 report of Brazil’s National Truth Commission (CNV).

Police Militarization: Similarities Between Ferguson and Brazil

Analysis & Commentary
Recent “tipping point” events in Missouri and Brazil shed light on racist police practices and the militarization of police forces in both the United States and Brazil.