Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 1999
Grupo Tortura Nunca Mais
This description of Cecilia Maria Bouças Coimbra's work was prepared when Cecilia Maria Bouças Coimbra was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1999.
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 and medical treatment to victims of urban violence, seeks legal recompense against former torturers, and battles for human rights on behalf of people with no voice in the system.
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