This profile was prepared when Rebeca Duarte was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2005.
The New Idea
Race discrimination is technically illegal in Brazil, but existing laws have been misinterpreted and underutilized. Rebeca Duarte is tackling racism from within the judicial system, changing the way these laws are enforced and applied by educating law agents across the spectrum on how to handle race-based crime and fostering a broader interpretation of the law. She is also teaching victims of discrimination about their rights, and working to develop a proactive and watchful civil rights community to hold policymakers accountable and ensure that these rights continue to be protected.