Past Event

Child Protection: Fighting sexual exploitation of children and adolescents in Brazil

May 18, 2018
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Unibes Cultural - Rua Oscar Freire, 2500 - Sumaré, São Paulo
Liberta Institute's advertising campaign to fight the sexual exploitation of children

Promoted by Folha de São Paulo and Liberta Institute, this bi-annual seminar focused on fighting sexual exploitation of minors in Brazil will occur on May 18 in São Paulo. This year the seminar will welcome two Columbia faculty participants.

After opening remarks from Brazil's Minister of Human Rights Gustavo do Vale Rocha, Professor Kendall Thomas from Columbia's Center for Gender & Sexuality Law will speak on the Brazilian judiciary’s gender bias in sentencing - how lenient the courts are on male exploiters compared to female exploiters, and how this feeds a permissive culture against girls and women.

Associate Professor of Psychiatry Cristiane Duarte will also add to the discussion from a medical research perspective regarding risks, resilience, and public health.

Other panelists include leadership from international agencies like Plan International,, and Abrinq, among others.

Inspired by the work of the Liberta Institute in São Paulo, the Rio Global Center is eager to promote awareness of and influence public policies around this legal and moral crisis in Brazil. Launched in early 2018, this collaborative partnership features workshops and conferences in Brazil and on the Columbia campus.