Ana Paula Felizardo

Ashoka Fellow
Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Fellow Since 2005


This profile was prepared when Ana Paula Felizardo was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2005.
The number of tourists who seek Brazilian beaches grows each year, particularly along the northeastern coast. Paralleling this growth, and fueled by it, is the increasing incidence of sexual exploitation of children and teenagers in Brazil’s tourist areas. Recognizing the inadequacies of the Brazilian government’s efforts to reverse this trend, Ana Paula drafted the first Brazilian Tourism Code Against Child and Adolescent Sexual Exploitation. She works with the business community, taxi drivers, and university students as well as relevant federal, state, and local governmental bodies to assure compliance with the code.
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